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SCOTTISH CHILD CARE BOOST

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Sam Galbraith, the children's minister, told MSPs yesterday that funding given to councils for child care is to be ...
Sam Galbraith, the children's minister, told MSPs yesterday that funding given to councils for child care is to be more than doubled next year.

The Herald (p8) reports that a total of£14m, compared with£5.75m this year, is being allocated to provide more child care places particularly for children with special needs in deprived and rural areas.

Mr Galbraith said councils could also use the money to develop local child care partnerships and extend local information services for parents.

But the SNP said there was concern about securing long-term funding to support the extra places after 2001. They also called on the executive to support the idea of integrated children's centres which would provide pre-school, school and out-of-school education under one roof.
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