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Scottish Government to offer free childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds

The Scottish Government is offering 16 hours a week of free childcare for disadvantaged children in Scotland this year.

Parents of three and four-year-old children in Scotland already receive 600 hours of free childcare a year. It is now rolling out the free childcare entitlement to deprived two-year-olds.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she wants to increase childcare provision to 30 hours per week by the end of the next Parliament.

SNP MSP George Adam, who sits on the Education Committee, said: 'Investing in quality, affordable childcare is one of the best steps we can take toward a better future for Scotland. In 2015 the roll out of childcare will continue - with a focus on ensuring that more of our most vulnerable two year olds can benefit.

'This means that from August 2015, 27 per cent of Scotland's two year olds - as well as all three and four year olds -will receive 16 hours a week of childcare. This is more hours of childcare than anywhere else in the UK - and it is enabling more parents, especially women, to get back into work.

'Since 2007 we have increased free childcare hours by 45 per cent - saving families up to £707 per child per year.'

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