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

The Courier: Delaying school start date may be made easier for Fife four-year-olds after nursery disruption

26th February 2021

The Courier: Nursery funding to delay school start will be ‘too late’ for many children

8th February 2021

Scottish Liberal Democrats: Wishart supports parents threatened by £4,500 price tag over school start deferral

3rd February 2021

The Herald: Funding plea amid concern children ‘forced’ to start P1 aged just 4

28th January 2021

Scottish Liberal Democrats: Government must immediately fund childcare deferrals, not wait until 2023

26th January 2021

Dundee Evening Telegraph: P1 deferred entry: When do parents choose to delay their child’s school start?

25th January 2021

My Society: A Change in the Law for School Starters in Scotland – through FoI

5th Jan 2021

STV: Children Delayed Starting School to Receive Free Childcare

7th Dec 2020

TES: Children Who Defer School Start Will Get Free Care

7th Dec 2020

TES: Over half of boys born in February defer p1 entry

28th Oct 2020

TES: Reopening Schools: “Staff positivity cheered me no end” 

15th Aug 2020

East Lothian Courier: P1 Deferrals U-Turn as Schools Remain Closed by COVID-19

11th May 2020

Midlothian View: Row over Funding Requests for Primary One Deferrals

19 February 2020

Daily Record: Criticism of North Lanarkshire U-turn on Automatic School Deferral

15 January 2020

MADE (Mums and Dads Edinburgh): Give them time… an argument for school-start deferral in Scotland

4 January 2020

The Press and Journal: Another year of nursery funding now available for all deferred entry pre-schoolers

6 December 2019

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

28 November 2019

The Extra: East Renfrewshire Council turns down nursery funding

13 November 2019

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

6 November 2019

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

Wishart Calls on Scottish Government to Reimburse Childcare Costs

6 November 2019

Shetland Islands MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat’s Education Spokesperson, Beatrice Wishart, says “Parents know what is right for their child. Acting on that should not come with a bill.”

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

2 October 2019

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

27 June 2019

In an blog 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

22 May 2019

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

29 April 2019

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.

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

2 April 2019

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

The Nine: BBC Scotland

2 April 2019

The campaign was featured on BBC Scotland’s news and current affairs programme The Nine at around 33 minutes in.

Sceptical Scot: Tale of Two Cities (and a large town)

4 March 2019

This article compares the differences in application processes for discretionary deferral funding and average approval rates between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

STV News

22 February 2019

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

Radio Edutalk

15 January 2019

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

BBC Radio Scotland

28 December 2018

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

The Herald: Parents fight to end discrimination over nursery funding

6 November 2018

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