Falkirk families count down to added nursery hours

Scottish Ministers have welcomed the increase
Scottish Ministers have welcomed the increase

Parents have aired mixed views about an increase to pre-school provision ahead of changes in August.

From next term, three and four-year-olds are entitled to 600 hours of funded nursery education, a jump from 475.

Now parents are receiving letters about the changes.

Some nurseries are offering flexible starts or ends to sessions, allowing parents to drop off or collect children within a certain time window.

But not everyone is happy.

Ria Marshall from Falkirk for Mums said: “Mums are divided on this. I’ve had positive comments from working parents who can drop their child off before they go to work rather than pay a childminder.

“But some mums who have an afternoon slot say there would be a lot of hanging around with something like half a hour between picking older children up from school.”

Jackie Brock, chief executive of Children in Scotland, said: “Key to the success of this policy is that young children receive high quality, developmental, imaginative and stimulating childcare from a workforce whose qualifications and remuneration reflect the importance of the work they do.”