WELCOME TO GIVE THEM TIME SCOTLAND


The campaign for a further year of nursery funding for ALL children deferring primary one start in Scotland.

cropped-gtt2.jpgGive Them Time is a grassroots movement which evolved in 2018 from parents across Scotland sharing their own, often difficult, experiences of applying for a further year of nursery funding for their child.

 


SUPPORT

If you are affected by deferral issues, join the Deferral Support Scotland Facebook group. It was set up in May 2018, initially for parents but now early years’ staff too, to help them find out about the law on deferral, the policy in their local authority and to give them the opportunity to discuss related issues. It now has over 1000 members.


LATEST UPDATES

2/4/19

The campaign was featured on BBC Scotland’s flagship news and current affairs programme The Nine. Watch here from 33:45

20/3/19

MSPs Fulton MacGregor and Iain Gray asked John Swinney (Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills) questions about the Give Them Time campaign in parliament today. Watch here from 14:21:07 – 14:24:25.

21/2/19

A motion in support of the campaign’s aims has been lodged in parliament. Seventy-three MSPs (of the 101 who are able to) have signed the motion so a date will soon be set for it to be debated at Holyrood.

 

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“Home-Start works with many parents who want to grow their confidence, knowledge and skills so they can give their children the best possible start in life. We support Give Them Time because we believe every parent should know about and be free to exercise rights which are designed to help them do what they feel is best for their children.”

Shelagh Young, Director of Scotland, Home-Start UK

UpstartScotland

“Upstart Scotland heartily supports the Give Them Time campaign. All parents wishing to defer their children’s entry to formal schooling should be supported to do so by their local authorities. Scotland’s extraordinarily early school starting age has always disadvantaged many children and – due to lifestyle changes over recent decades – the need to focus on health, well-being and outdoor play during early childhood
grows greater every year. Until Upstart achieves our aim of a relationship-centred, play based kindergarten stage for all three- to seven-year-olds, it’s vital that parents’ right to defer school entry is upheld.”

Sue Palmer, Chair of Upstart Scotland