Early years education is boosted at Kinneil

Kinneil Primary School.
Kinneil Primary School.

Falkirk Council has announced plans to increase early years education provision across the district.

And Kinneil Primary School in Bo’ness is one of three schools chosen for the project.

The others are St. Margaret’s Primary in Polmont and Bonnybridge Primary School.

Free childcare places are available for two year old children from households that receive certain benefits.

Since October 2014, parents who qualify have been able to apply for their two year old to receive up to 600 hours of free childcare and early learning.

Falkirk Council has received around 100 enquiries for places so far and has taken steps to meet this demand by providing increased capacity.

This includes employing 12 early years’ staff, extending the current infrastructure of nurseries and primary schools and purchasing places from voluntary sector partners.

To qualify, families must receive one of the following benefits: income support, job seekers allowance (income based), employment support and allowance (income based), incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance or pension credit.

Councillor Alan Nimmo, spokesman for education, said: “These places not only help with child development but also support parents on benefits as they try to get into employment.

“We have received a good response since the early learning places became available but we want every eligible two year old in the area to receive their entitlement.”

The scheme provides early learning and childcare to babies, toddlers and pre-school children. These campuses will operate all year round from 8am-6pm.

All three and four year olds living within the council area can already access 600 hours of early learning and childcare.