EARLY YEARS WORKFORCE EXPANSION TO BENEFIT COMMUNITIES IN DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

HARPER WELCOMES SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT
The Scottish Government announcement that there will be an extra £1.5 million investment for more nursery teachers and graduates in deprived areas across Scotland has been welcomed by SNP MSP for South Scotland Emma Harper – with Dumfries & Galloway set to receive 10 additional teachers or graduates.
The new staff in Dumfries & Galloway, part of 435 nationwide, are part of the wider strategy of tackling the attainment gap and giving every child an equal start in life. The provision of extra highly qualified childcare professionals will ensure that Dumfries & Galloway’s young people 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 from 1140 hours to 2020 hours – which will have a positive impact for families across Dumfries & Galloway.
Emma commented:
“This new funding is very welcome news for Dumfries & Galloway, 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 from 1140 hours to 2020 hours, is important in making this happen, and to ensure that every child across Dumfries & Galloway gets an equal start in life.
“The 10 new graduates or teachers that will be joining our workforce in Dumfries & Galloway will help improve childcare provision in our communities, and I look forward to seeing the Scottish Government continue to invest in our children’s futures.”
Further information on the Additional Graduate Commitment can be found here: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/Young-People/early-years/ELCTrials/AdditionalGraduateCommitment

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