Over £1 million nursery boost

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Nursery care services in Angus are to benefit from more than £1.1 million of additional Scottish Government cash, it has been announced.

The move has been warmly welcomed by Angus South MSP Graeme Dey, who described it as a “major investment”.

In total an extra £50 million has been allocated to councils across the country to provide more free and flexible nursery care over 2014/15.

The Children and Young People Bill, will save parents of three and four-year-olds and the most vulnerable two year olds up to £700 a year, by providing more free time in nursery.

Councils will also have to ask parents about the nursery care they want for their child and offer a choice – for example two full days instead of a few hours every day – to help parents who want to return to work.

Mr Dey commented: “It can be difficult for families to juggle the day-to-day financial pressures of running a home whilst also trying to fit in the best possible nursery care for their children.

“This Scottish Government is helping with this dilemma by offering greater choice of childcare services to parents whilst also helping them to save money.

“Angus Council, by next year, must ask parents what they want from their nursery service. This will give parents greater support should they wish to get back into work or training.

“This is a very significant investment and marks the best nursery care ever given to Scottish families.”

Angus is to receive some £1,112,000 from the Scottish Government’s total funding pot of £50,849,000.