Full day child care places set to increase in Linlithgow

Free early learning and childcare services are set to increase if proposals go ahead
Free early learning and childcare services are set to increase if proposals go ahead
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Parents are going to be offered more choice on when their children attend nursery – if a proposal by West Lothian Council is approved.

A pilot scheme at Bonnington Nursery and Linlithgow Primary School was successful, and now the council want to offer two full-day placements to children as part of their entitlement to 600 hours of child care provision.

A report into the proposed changes said it would increase flexibility and choice and meet the needs of parents, particularly those who work.

A West Lothian Council spokesperson said: “Following an extensive consultation with parents, we are proposing to extend the availability of full-day placements of three and four year olds, with children receiving their entitlement to 600 hours of early learning and child care on two days from 8am to 4pm, with wraparound care available from 4pm to 6pm.

“It is proposed that the option for parents to choose full-day placements will continue in these two Linlithgow nurseries, with the number of places available based on actual demand.

“This service has been designed to meet the needs of working parents, and has proved very popular in Linlithgow.”

The consultation carried out by the council also found there was a demand for wraparound care during school holidays and in cases of emergency. It is proposed that parents can purchase a minimum of six hours each time.

Ten nurseries and child care providers across West Lothian will offer the changes, if the proposal is approved when the education executive vote on Tuesday, January 19.

Parents and carers were also informed that free early learning and child care hours may be increased in future.

According to the report, the Scottish Parliament may consider increasing the hours offered to 1140, which is broadly in line with primary school hours.

Bonnington Nursery will offer two full-day places for 48 children and Linlithgow Primary School will have capacity for 32.