A child’s early years are critical to determining outcomes in later life. This budget sees a step-change in the funding for the transformational expansion in childcare and early years’ education, with investment of £243 million towards providing 1,140 hours of childcare per year.
It also provides £8 million to fund the Baby Box, giving every child born in Scotland the same everyday essentials that they need.
Last week Finance Secretary @DerekMackaySNP set out the Draft 2018-19 #ScotBudget. Here are some of the key childcare announcements. For more on the other announcements go to: https://t.co/SfCuEtiE6N pic.twitter.com/761VtHsxL2
— Scottish Government (@scotgov) December 18, 2017
2018 is Scotland’s Year of Young People and the Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that Scotland is the best place in the world to grow up. This is why a £50 million Tackling Child Poverty Fund is being established to trial innovative programmes that address the underlying social and economic causes of poverty. A new enhanced Best Start Grant will replace the current Sure Start Maternity Grant to be delivered by summer 2019.