Improve school nursery accessibility/achieve consistency across all preschool facilities

Have more accessible school nurseries. Currently working parents have only limited options for their children to be able to participate in school nursery. Private nurseries are the only ones that offer the necessary hours and flexibility. Unless you have a childminder, or can access a nursery place one day per week (if you work part time), opportunities are limited. This can mean it's more difficult for children to engage with others that will become their class when they attend school, and they only have limited engagement with the school system up to this point. Split funding between authorities should also become commonplace, as many parents with in Aberdeen city and reside in Aberdeenshire and will use preschool and nursery facilities in both venues. In rural communities, there are no school nurseries and so charitable status preschools are all that is available locally. More support (both financially and advisory) should be given to these groups to achieve consistency with school nurseries as funding for these groups is currently very limited and school nurseries are not highly accessible in local communities. The council need to take a more comprehensive approach to ensuring all preschool facilities are helped to achieve a universal standard.

Why the contribution is important

The current system means there's a highly varied potential experience for children in preschool education. It's also more difficult for children to engage with others that will become their class when they attend school, and they only have limited engagement with the school system up to this point. A great consistent standard could be provided to benefit all and ensure that communities are engaged in providing pre school opportunities alongside the council. The current system is insufficient.

by aileendavidson on November 28, 2016 at 09:26PM

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  • Posted by LYuill December 08, 2016 at 10:59

    I agree we have a problem in Aberdeenshire for parents living in rural areas where a car is not available to transport children to nursery provisions. The cost of getting to and from nursery is also significant to low income families.
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