Midlothian Council is to ring the changes in childcare

Changes to the delivery of pre-school nursery provision could lead to a reduction in nursery teachers.

Targeting a saving of £195,000 by the end of the 2017/18 financial year, the council will explore a ‘peripatetic model’ of teacher input that will aim to ensure “greater flexibility” at less cost per place.

Savings will be realised by creating posts for childcare development workers which will in turn negate the need to take on more nursery 

This reorganising of staffing structures, agreed at a council meeting on December 16, will, according to Councillor Bob Constable (SNP), the cabinet member for education, “give children the best start in life”.

Education polices will be implemented in uniform ways across all council nurseries, including those run by its partner agencies.

The opposition Labour Group opposed the move, but its proposed amendment was defeated by ten votes to eight.

Posting on the Advertiser’s Facebook page, Louise Harley wrote: “Childcare practitioners do the exact same job as teachers but they not recognised or appreciated the same. Education for children will definitely not suffer!”