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We are providing a range of learning and care support for families with young children, from birth up until starting school, to ensure that all children get the best possible start in life.


We are supporting families by:

  • improving early learning and childcare and increasing the free entitlement from 600 hours to 1,140 hours per year by 2020
  • offering baby boxes filled with essential items to all babies born in Scotland
  • funding the Bookbug programme to provide free books and learning sessions for young children
  • publishing resources for parents such as Play, Talk, Read to help parents to engage with their children effectively


Our policies to support the education and care of young children are part of Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) - our national approach to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of children and young people.


Email: Central Enquiries Unit

Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Creating Positive Futures Division
Children and Families Directorate
Scottish Government
Area 2C - North
Victoria Quay