SNP agrees to demands for more childcare cash | Scotland

KeepHealthCare.ORG – SNP agrees to demands for more childcare cash | Scotland

The Scottish government wants to extend free childcare for toddlers from 600 to 1,140 hours within two yearsBRIAN LAWLESS/PA

A commitment to expand childcare in Scotland will cost about £150 million a year more than first estimated after ministers gave in to councils’ demands.

The Scottish government said that it had reached a deal with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) that would result in an extra £567 million a year being invested in early learning and childcare by 2021-22, bringing total annual spending to £990 million.

The government initially estimated that increasing free childcare for three, four and some two year olds from 600 to 1,140 hours by summer 2020 would cost £840 million every year. Councils said that the expanded provision was likely to cost about £1 billion a year overall, which the government has accepted. Maree Todd, the childcare minister,…

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