Angus Council supports private providers to help meet childcare offer pledge
Private and voluntary sector nurseries in Angus have been successful in bidding for grants to help the area meet a pledge to increase early learning and childcare provision from 600 to 1140 hours in August 2020.
The investment has been made available following a change in approach by the council cancelling an expansion plan for a Brechin primary school.
Angus Council received 10 bids for grants from the £500,000 funding pot, a further £360,000 was released after the Brechin project was scrapped.
More childminders are now setting up as a result of a £300 start-up grant.
NDNA Scotland represent a number of private nurseries in the Angus Council area.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA Scotland, said: “We are pleased that Angus Council has recognised the support the private and voluntary providers can offer in delivering the expanded ELC offer. This is a clear recognition that partner providers are able to offer the flexible, accessible and high quality ELC places that the Scottish Government’s policy aims to deliver.
“This should be an example to other local authorities of positive partnership working that councils should adopt to make this policy work for everyone.”