Monday, 23 April 2012
SNP will work with trade union, the Scottish Government and other partners to ensure a brighter future for Glasgow's children
An SNP administration in Glasgow will ensure the provision of at least 600 hours of early years education. Glasgow SNP recognise the singular importance of those first years to the life chances of our citizens.
SNP Education spokeswoman, Councillor Jennifer Dunn is determined to build on the lessons learned by Glasgow and other local authorities to get the best for Glasgow’s early years learners.
Councillor Dunn said of the SNP proposals in early years: “Glasgow has a strong nurture philosophy in early years and the SNP will continue to support and expand nurture in the city. The SNP is committed to working with the Scottish Government to introduce at least 600 hours of early years education for Glaswegians – bringing increased opportunities to our children and to parents across the city.
“The SNP will continue to work to deliver the Scottish Government’s strategy “Getting it Right for Every Child” and look at the findings from pilot schemes being rolled out in the north of Glasgow, in support of early intervention and preventative action for some of our youngest citizens. The SNP will also consider what successes elsewhere may work in Glasgow.
Other measures which the SNP propose for Glasgow include a more comprehensive system of provision and a better information for users of early years facilities across the city, as well as working with trade unions to ensure Glasgow’s working practices allow for flexibility to accommodate employee’s parental responsibilities.
Councillor Dunn added: “The SNP is absolutely determined to see the best early years provision possible for very young Glaswegians and we intend to ensure that the Council is seen as a model employer, an example to businesses across the city, in our working arrangements for staff.
“By working with Glaswegians, trade unions, the Scottish Government and other partners, we will make early years education in Glasgow first class and build for a better future for Glasgow. Our youngsters deserve the very best start in life and we intend to go the extra mile to ensure this happens”.