As outlined in the Scottish Government’s spending review this week, £1billion will be invested in this Parliament to tackle the poverty achievement gap.
Commenting, Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie (SNP) said: “The SNP Scottish Government continues to support the children and young people of Midlothian and ensure that every child has the best possible start in life.
“Progress has already been made across Scotland to close the achievement gap with experts describing the Scottish Government’s work as ‘unambiguous success’.
“An additional investment of £1billion over the life of this parliament will continue this work.”
Following the successful rollout of 1,140 hours of free childcare in Midlothian, the Scottish Government will continue work to introduce free school-age childcare for those on the lowest incomes.
There is also a commitment to recruit 3,500 teachers and 500 support staff across Scotland and to expand the provision of free school meals, continue to fund the school clothing grant, roll out of digital devices and Connectivity to Scottish Pupils, a program with no basic fees. and free music lessons.
Mr Beattie added: “With the expansion of free school meals and the abolition of extra-curricular fees and music tuition fees, we can ensure that every child in Midlothian can reach their potential without financial barriers.
“It demonstrates that only the SNP has a reputation for improving the experiences of young children and will continue to do so.”