Council carry out nursery consultation

South Ayrshire Council is currently carrying out a consultation, about how increased early learning and childcare hours for eligible 3 and 4 year olds could be implemented.

The consultation relates to the Scottish Government’s Children and Young People’s Bill. The Bill includes a proposal to increase access to early learning and childcare from 475 hours to 600 hours.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “By August 2014, along with other local authorities across Scotland, we will require to increase access to early learning and childcare for eligible 3 and 4 years olds from 475 to 600 hours per year.

“We want to know the views of all parents and carers of children under five, we would like their views on how best to introduce these changes and will be contacting them to encourage them to take part.”

The consultation is quick and easy to fill in online at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/consultations/nursery/ printed copies will also be located in our nurseries and libraries.

The consultation is now running and all views must be received by Friday 22 November 2013. Anyone who requires assistance to complete the survey should contact aileen.valenti@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or call 01292 612021. Completed copies of the questionnaire should be returned marked for the attention of Elizabeth Caddis, Burns House, Burns Statue Square, Ayr.

The results of the survey will be used to support the implementation of 600 hours of early learning and childcare services for children under school age. Recommendations arising from the consultation will be presented to a future Leadership Panel.