Nursery-age Childcare Funding

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 29 February 2024.

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Photo of Roz McCall Roz McCall Conservative

The minister will be aware of a proposal in Edinburgh to phase out funded childcare in private and independent nurseries for parents who live outside the city. That will have a massively detrimental impact on my constituents in Fife who commute to Edinburgh for work. Furthermore, removing such a choice goes against the Government’s commitment to getting it right for every child.

What discussions, if any, did the Scottish Government have with the City of Edinburgh Council about that proposal? Does the minister still believe that parental choice is key to delivering nursery-age childcare for every child, and that such childcare should be fully funded?