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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed the news that families in her constituency are set to benefit from a share of almost £1 billion of Scottish Government investment in free childcare.

She said:

“Following extensive engagement to reach a shared understanding of the costs of the expansion, Scottish Ministers and COSLA Leaders have reached agreement on a multi-year funding package. 

“The Scottish Government will invest an additional £567 million per year by 2021-22, bringing total spending on early learning and childcare to around £990 million. 

“All three- and four-year-olds, and eligible two-year-olds, will be entitled to 1140 hours of free childcare – effectively mirroring the primary school week. 

“In addition, the Scottish Government will provide councils with total capital funding of £476 million over four years to support associated building projects.

“Perth & Kinross Council and families in my constituency of Perthshire South & Kinross-shire will benefit from our share of almost £1 billion funding each year to support the ambitious expansion of free childcare being carried out by the Scottish Government.

“The SNP are determined to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up – and our childcare expansion will be of enormous help to families with young children.

“By almost doubling the availability of free childcare, parents will save hundreds of pounds a month and many will find it easier to return to work or to increase their working hours, if that is what they wish to do. 

“This is a truly significant investment in families in Perthshire South & Kinross-shire and across Scotland and one that I warmly welcome.”

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