Early Learning and Childcare Expansion Discussed

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Preparations in Dundee to deliver the near doubling of young children’s entitlement to early learning and childcare by 2020 have been discussed by the city council’s children and families service committee.

Up to 450 extra staff could be needed, with training through modern apprenticeships and the future skills college to help provide a skilled workforce.

A new build to replace the current Francis Wright Pre-School Centre, a feasibility study on a new nursery in the East End, and studies on expansion or alteration to other properties could get underway.

The committee (on Monday September 25) was  told that the Scottish Government has already provided both capital and revenue funding to the city council for this financial years.

Entitlement to free early learning and childcare would increase the current 600 hours to 1140 hours by 2020 for all three and four year olds and eligible two year olds.

Children and families service convener Councillor Gregor Murray said: β€œWe are putting in a huge amount of preparation for this change to ensure that we can get the services in place for the young children who are entitled to them.

β€œThis means that we are not only looking to get more people trained to have the correct skills, we have to make sure that there are appropriate buildings available.

β€œOur childcare partners across Dundee are essential to help us deliver this change and we see services developing across the city in a mixed and flexible fashion.”

Cllr Murray added: β€œThere will be many educational benefits for the children who are the focus of this expansion and it will give them a great start that will help them as they grow and move onto school.”

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