Fair Funding for our Kids has found that two out of three children attending council nurseries get care for just three hours and ten minutes per day.
Response to our recent FOIs found that 68% of council places were offered for half days only. This is an improvement on Fair Funding’s first FOI report in 2015, when the figure stood at 95%. However, at this rate of change, it will take until 2026 to end the practice of half-day places.
Other key findings in the report were:
- 70% of all free childcare places for 3-5 year olds in Scotland were offered in council run nurseries.
- 68% of all council nursery places for 3-5 year olds were half days only
- 48% of all nursery places in Scotland were half days only
- 16% of all nursery places are for full days in term time only
- Less than 3% of all nursery places are for full days all year round
- Local authorities in Scotland were underfunding places in private nurseries by up to £461 per child
- 21 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities were offering an hourly rate below the national average cost of a nursery place
A spokesperson for the campaign said,
“Early years care is so important, but working parents continue to miss out. Very few people have bosses who are prepared to let them work for less than three hours a day, and many don’t have grandparents who can fill gaps in childcare. We need much faster progress in eliminating half-day places except where parents specifically request them”.