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Parenting and early learning

The National Parenting Strategy sets out our aspiration of making Scotland the best place in the world to grow up.  We have a clear understanding of how important parenting is to improving the outcomes of children and young people throughout the life course.  We also know that parents are the strongest influence on a child’s life and by helping parents, carers, families and communities build better lives for themselves and their children, we can help to ensure that every child has the best start in life.

Increased provision of free childcare to 1140 hours per year

This Government's Purpose is to make Scotland a more successful nation from which all of Scotland's people can benefit. To achieve this and enhance our ability to compete, we need to tackle some of the significant inequalities which persist in Scotland. Tackling risks early and building the resilience of children, young people and families will improve the educational, health and employment outcomes of our people.

Our aim is to develop high quality, flexible early learning and childcare (ELC) which is affordable and accessible for all.

From August 2014, free provision increased to 600 hours per year, equivalent to around 16 hours per week if delivered during school term time. However, we are committed to increasing the early learning and childcare entitlement to 1140 hours per year by 2020. This will continue to cover all 3 and 4 year old children, and eligible 2 year olds. High quality will be at the heart of ELC provision, as will providing the flexibility parents need to work, train or study

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