Plans to extend early learning and childcare (ELC) hours are on track, with the scheme already rolled out in two areas of Perth.
Council chiefs have been working on an initiative to increase the number of ELC hours a year from 600 to 1,140 for all children aged three and four along with all eligible two-year-old children.
That is in line with a directive from the Scottish Government.
A report drawn up by Sheena Devlin, Perth and Kinross Council’s executive director for education and children’s services, reveals the increase in ELC hours was made available in City of Perth Early Childhood Centre in January to families who met benefits criteria to take account of “vulnerability”.
The report says Inch View Primary made the same offer to parents earlier this month. Ms Devlin said the council plans to roll out the increased ELC hours in other areas of Perth and Kinross in future months.
Her report says: “In session 2018-19, it is planned to test out models of delivery to ensure they operate effectively and meet the needs of children and families. In Pitlochry, the local authority nursery is the only provider of ELC in the area and phasing plans will allow parents and carers the options of extended day and extended year provision.
“A test of change will also be trialled in Alyth, where parents and carers will have the option of funded ELC provision in either the local authority nursery, during term time, or flexible hours in a partner-provider setting.”