Derek Mackay MSP has welcomed the announcement that Renfrewshire is set to receive 26 additional early years teachers or graduates. The new staff are part of an extra £1.5 million of investment for more nursery teachers and graduates in deprived areas across Scotland.
The new staff in Renfrewshire, part of 435 nationwide, is part of the wider strategy of tackling the attainment gap and giving every child an equal start in life. The provision of extra high qualified childcare professionals will ensure that] young people across Renfrewshire benefit from the highest quality care and early years education.
The Scottish Government is taking decisive action to improve early years learning and childcare, including expanding guaranteed free provision to 1140 hours by 2020 – which will have a positive impact for local families.
Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay said:
“This new funding is very welcome news for Renfrewshire helping to ensure that more children in our most deprived communities are able to benefit from specialised childcare and high quality early years learning.
“The Scottish Government is committed to closing the attainment gap, and targeting funding in this way, as well as expanding the guaranteed free childcare provision to 1140 hours by 2020, is important in making this happen, and to ensure that every local child gets an equal start in life.
“The 26 new graduates or teachers that will be joining our workforce in Renfrewshire will help improve childcare provision in our communities.”