Boost to early learning in Midlothian

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Annual provision of 475 hours pre-school education for three and four-year-olds will soon be increased to at least 600 hours.

Set to be introduced in August, Scottish Government proposals will also offer 600 hours of early learning and childcare to two-year-old children who are either looked-after or from a ‘workless household’.

Midlothian Council’s director of education, Mary Smith, told a recent meeting of the Cabinet: “As a result of extensive consultation, a preferred model is based on three hours and ten minute mornings and afternoons. We don’t have enough spaces in our schools but we have partnership nurseries.”

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