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The Scottish Government has recognised the private nursery sector by providing strategic funding to the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA).
The money will be used to help support early learning and childcare policy development and quality improvement in private nurseries. The NDNA will work the Government, as well as nurseries, to improve outcomes for children and families. A national policy manager will be recruited to lead the programme.
Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of the NDNA, said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has formally recognised the vital role of private nurseries.
“NDNA has been the voice of the nursery sector in Scotland for many years, with significant input of voluntary support from members to contribute to the Government’s early years agenda.
“Funding will enable us to take this work to the next level at a critical time for early learning and childcare, with the Children and Young People Bill bringing in ambitious reforms, including a commitment to the most hours funded early learning anywhere in the UK.”
Speaking about the funding, Aileen Campbell, minister for children and young people, said: “Investing in the NDNA will benefit a huge number of children and families by developing the quality and range of childcare provided by their members.
“Their expertise of working on the frontline and supporting families will help shape the services we need to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up.
“The private and third sectors provide a wide range of services and innovation for all children and their families, addressing particular challenges such as out of school care and meeting demand in rural communities.
“NDNA is represented on the Early Years Task Force sub groups and has already contributed to developing the Children and Young People Bill, giving us the chance to make real change to the lives of Scottish children.”