Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth said: 'I am delighted that the four pre-school voucher pilot schemes have given so much more choice to parents.
'This is at the heart of the pre school initiative and pupils and parents have benefited from the high quality schemes that have come forward in Argyll and Bute, Highland, East Renfrewshire and North Ayshire.
'The pilot schemes have been energetically and effectively implemented and I hope that other local authorities will note their example when the scheme goes nationwide next year.'
'The nursery class at Port Ellen Primary School is an excellent example of how the new provision meets the demand the voucher scheme has generated. I know that Argyll & Bute has worked hard with the voluntary and private sectors putting a great deal of work into important training and information services to ensure there will be a broad spread of nursery provision for the area.'