NICOLA Sturgeon’s flagship childcare policy is “about to implode”, nurseries have warned. Newly published documents show the plans are not being properly funded and risk pushing private childcare providers out of business.
On June 15 an area manager with the Kirktonholme Childcare chain wrote to Childcare Minister Maree Todd, warning: “The partner providers are literally on their knees and I believe this ambitious policy is about to implode.”
Just 11 days later Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney was told of a “disappointing meeting” between South Lanarkshire Council officials and private nurseries.
“If this plan goes ahead, there will be services who will definitely will not survive 2018 never mind 2020,” an email read.
Another told civil servants the same month that their business was “in a precarious situation for the near future.”
Citing the auditors report from earlier this year, one business said many partners “are planning to abstain” adding: “Unless the Government steps in and sorts this out very quickly then the whole project of 1140hrs is going to collapse.”