Update on delivery of 1,140 hours of early learning and childcare in Highland

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Highland Council’s Education Committee, which met last week, saw members updated on the ongoing rollout of 1,140 hours of funded early learning and childcare provision in settings across Highland.

A report to the committee outlined that of the 241 settings across the region, 202 will be delivering 1,140 hours by spring 2021. Currently, there are 136 settings delivering 1,140 hours with an additional 23 settings moving to 1,140 hours later this year.

Education committee chairman Councillor John Finlayson said he was pleased work continues to deliver 1,140 hours of early learning and childcare in Highland settings despite challenges to provision brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘This service provides essential support to Highland families therefore it is essential the rollout continues to progress,’ he added.

‘It is also great to note there will be a further 23 settings delivering the service before the end of the year. I look forward to seeing more settings move to 1,140 hours in 2021.’

There remain a small number of settings where the limitations of existing accommodation and dependency on the completion of capital works creates more significant challenges in identifying suitable interim or contingency arrangements.

This work continues and the intent is for an update and finalised position to be presented at the next education committee meeting.