Here you will find links to media coverage of the Give Them Time campaign.

TES: ‘Make parents aware of the right to delay school’ 

Published 28 November 2019

The Extra: East Renfrewshire Council Turns Down Nursery Funding

Published 13 November 2019

The Ferret: Parents forced to pay nursery bills up to £3000 because councils refuse funding

One year ago today the Give Them Time campaign was officially launched. We’ve made progress but this article about us in the Ferret today highlights the persisting inequities and that our battle continues. #thrivenotcope #givethemtime

Common Space: Are Scotland’s children given enough time to learn at their own pace?

Following the Scottish Government’s announcement to bring forward legislation to ensure all children deferring their school start are automatically entitled to an additional year of nursery funding, the campaign is featured in an article with Common Space focusing on deferral.

Reform Scotland: The Give Them Time Campaign’s Year In Review

In an article for Reform Scotland the campaign’s spokesperson Patricia Anderson reflects on the progress that has been made over the last year.

Scotsman: Government accused of failing to close free childcare loophole

Scottish Labour’s education spokesperson Iain Gray referenced the campaign whilst questioning the Scottish Government about the disparities in access to funding for parents choosing to defer their children.

Mr Gray highlighted the “national policy contradiction” between parents’s legal right to defer their children and also their entitlement to funded childcare for three and four-year-old children.

TES: Let parents decide when a child starts school

Give Them Time’s Patricia Anderson argues that all parents should have the freedom to defer their four-year-old’s school start in this article featured on the 29th April.

BBC News: Calls for equal nursery funding after deferred school entry

Ahead of an upcoming Scottish Parliament debate regarding deferral funding, the campaign was featured in this article on the BBC News website on the 2nd April.

The Nine: BBC Scotland

The campaign was featured on BBC Scotland’s news and current affairs programme The Nine on the 2nd April. We are featured around 33 minutes in to the programme.

Sceptical Scot

This article was published on 4th March 2019 and compares the differences in application processes for discretionary deferral funding and average approval rates between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

STV News

The campaign was featured on STV News on 22nd February 2019 following a motion being lodged in the Scottish Parliament in support of its aims. You can watch the footage here.

Radio Edutalk

Patricia Anderson from the Give Them Time campaign in conversation with David Noble of Radio Edutalk in January 2019.

BBC Radio Scotland

Patricia Anderson from the Give Them Time campaign discussed the deferral process on Mornings with Callum McDonald on BBC Radio Scotland in December 2018.

The Herald

Our campaign launch in November 2018 was featured in the Herald. The article also links to an analysis piece by Professor John McKendrick of Glasgow Caledonian University.