Published: 08/05/2014 12:53 - Updated: 08/05/2014 13:06

Rural pre-school places challenge

PROVIDING early learning opportunities for two-year-old children from workless families and looked-after children in rural areas of Moray may prove more difficult than in the larger towns, councillors have been told.

As easy as ABC. Finding places for 2-y-o children may prove challenging in Moray.
As easy as ABC. Finding places for 2-y-o children may prove challenging in Moray.

However, Moray Council remains committed to putting in place arrangements which will allow this to happen.

From August this year, councils across Scotland will have a duty to offer pre-school places for two-year-old children from families in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Employment Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance and Pension Credits.

That will be extended in 2015 to include families in receipt of benefits who qualify for free school meals.

Councils must offer five sessions comprising a total of three hours 10 minutes per week over a 39-week period.

Local authorities currently have a duty to provide a funded pre-school place for every three and four-year-old whose parents wish it.

For more on this story and details of how many children in Moray will require places, see ‘The Scot’ print version.

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