For many children and working parents in Scotland, the system is not delivering a model of childcare that matches the needs of the modern working family, with the result that many children are missing out on their early years entitlement.
Right now, thousands of families across Scotland are unable to access their legal entitlement to free early learning and childcare because most council nurseries do not offer suitable hours for working parents.
The Scottish Government’s flagship policy entitles all eligible 3 to 5 year-olds 600 hours of free early learning and childcare. However, the Scottish government’s promises do not appear to match up with the reality of what local authorities say they are able to provide.
FFFOK is a group bringing together everyone concerned that 3 to 5 year-olds are not able to access their entitlement to a free nursery place for 600 hours a year. We include working parents, stay at home parents, and childcare providers.