Closing the early years gap
Reform Scotland, the independent think tank, has called on the Scottish Government to urgently adapt its early years funding policy in order to end the discrimination at the heart of the current regime.
In a new briefing paper – Closing the early years gap – Reform Scotland has highlighted the inequality in the Scottish Government’s provision, which it says leads to only around 50% of children receiving the full two years of provision which the Government says it offers.
Only children born between March and August are guaranteed to receive the full two years’ entitlement, with children born thereafter receiving only 18 months’ worth. Children born in January and February, but starting school aged 4, receive only 15 months which, based on the Government’s expansion to 1,140 hours per year, means that the younger children will be entitled to over 750 hours less than the older children in their year-group.