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.