The SNP 2021 manifesto will commit to expanding childcare into the school holidays for primary pupils from the poorest backgrounds, Nicola Sturgeon has announced today.
The First Minister pledged the new policy will provide full days of high quality care for those in most need – helping parents continue working over holiday periods.
Addressing the SNP conference in Aberdeen Nicola Sturgeon said: “There is no policy more transformational and with more potential to raise attainment in years to come than the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare.
“By August next year we will have all but doubled the hours children receive. It will give them 30 hours a week of high quality, free care and education.
“And it will save families £4,500 per year for each child. That is worth more than any tax cut any Tory government is ever going to deliver to hard-pressed families in Scotland.
“But we will not stop there.
“We are consulting already on the next phase of our expansion. We will have more to say on this in the months to come.
“But I am making one important commitment today.
“If the SNP is returned to government after the next Holyrood election, we will expand childcare into the school holidays for primary pupils from the poorest backgrounds.
“Full days of high quality childcare, freeing parents to work, to help them lift their families out of poverty.”