A temporary solution to enable the council to provide an additional 125 hours of early learning and childcare has been approved by councillors.
An interim model to deliver the Scottish Government’s required 600 hours from August 2014 will see 15 extra nursery nurses employed across the region’s school nurseries and more funding for private and voluntary providers.
Additional funding is being provided by the Scottish Government for local authorities to meet the demands, with the council allocated almost £1.9m to implement the changes.
Glenn Rodger, director for education and lifelong learning said: “In the longer term we need to build in more flexible delivery models, and that work is underway.”
Councillor Catriona Bhatia added: “Putting extra hours into nurseries is fine to get us over the hurdle of complying with the bill, but it doesn’t deal with the thrust of the bill. We need a more flexible model for parents who want to go back to work.”
A review of commissioning arrangements for private and voluntary providers with a view to increasing funding will be carried out. To accommodate the extra hours, school nursery session times will increase from 150 minutes to 190 minutes from August 2014 for all three and four-year-olds.