The Scottish Conservatives have accused the North Lanarkshire Council of letting parents down over private childcare sector in Scotland after it emerged that parents were being told that there was no available places in the sector, due to insufficient funding.
As a result, funding for late applications will be directed towards topping up places at nurseries under the control of local authorities.
In addition, parents with children attending a PVI nursery, who fail to get the application in on time, will either have to privately finance the £6,000 to remain in the PVI sector or move their child to a local authority nursery.
Parents relocating into the North Lanarkshire Council area will also be denied the option of sending their children to a PVI nursery.
This is despite an official communication from the Scottish Government dated 30 July 2020 that confirmed the Joint Delivery Board would agree a new timetable for the commencement of Funding Follows the Child funding formula by the end of the year.
Scottish Conservative Shadow Education Minister Secretary Jamie Halcro Johnston said:
“The decision by North Lanarkshire Council will devastate the PVI childcare sector given that many providers are already facing significant financial difficulties because of the Covid crisis.
“Council leaders have a duty to be open and transparent about how this decision was reached and why parents were not given prior forewarning their child could lose their place at a private nursery.
“It’s been clear for a while that the SNP government has failed to adequately fund local authorities during this crisis, but now it seems the Minister (Maree Todd) is willing to turn a blind eye whilst North Lanarkshire Council effectively abandons the private childcare sector.”