Kenneth Gibson MSP has welcomed the SNP Government's announcement that North Ayrshire will receive funding for an additional 24 nursery teachers and graduates, as part of an extra £1.5 million investment in 435 new staff across Scotland.
The new commitment is part of the wider strategy of tackling the attainment gap and giving every child an equal start in life. The provision of extra high qualified childcare professionals will ensure that young people in North Ayrshire will benefit from the highest quality care and early years education.
The SNP Government is taking decisive action to improve early years learning and childcare, including expanding guaranteed free provision from 1140 hours to 2020 hours – which will have a positive impact for families across Scotland.
Commenting, Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“This new funding is very welcome news for North Ayrshire, as it will help to ensure that more children in our most deprived communities are able to benefit from specialised childcare and high quality early years learning.
“The SNP Government is committed to closing the attainment gap, and targeting funding in this way is important in making this happen, ensuring that every child across Scotland gets an equal start in life.
“The 24 new graduates or teachers that will be joining our workforce in North Ayrshire will help improve childcare provision and I look forward to seeing the SNP Government continue to invest in the future of our children.”