Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, is welcoming the call from charities including Barnardo's and Children 1st for co-operation across the political spectrum to bring about flexible childcare.

Last month Alison welcomed the findings of the Commission for Childcare Reform, which called for radical action.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

"It is essential we keep childcare high on the political agenda as Scotland's current system is patchy, inflexible, and one of the most expensive in Europe. By challenging the Scottish Government to be bolder, and by working constructively with others at Holyrood I am sure we can make progress to improve the situation.

"We must remember at the centre of this are children, so we need to invest in high quality training and properly paid staff to deliver an experience that really benefits the child. The benefits for parents in terms of access to employment and education are well understood.

"As well as finding common ground at a political level we must strive for a joined up approach across local, Scottish and UK Governments."


Letter in today's Herald from children's charities, calling for "co-operation across the political spectrum"