Free nursery education system 'unfair', says think tank

Reform Scotland highlighted 'birthday discrimination' in the free nursery system.


A think-tank has renewed calls for an end to "birthday discrimination" in entitlement to free nursery education.


Reform Scotland said the current system for government-funded pre-school provision was "unacceptable and unfair" as some children are entitled to less early-years education than others.


The organisation highlighted that as the legal entitlement starts the term after a child turns three, a child born in August will receive a full two years before starting school while a child born in September will receive only 18 months.


Reform Scotland said the cost to parents using private nurseries could be as much as £2,800 and argued the scale of the "unfairness" would increase as the government moves to double the current entitlement.


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