FSB: Employers “breathe sigh of relief” at school reopening plans

Today, Education Secretary John Swinney announced in parliament that schools will reopen full time from August 11, subject to safe Covid levels.

Colin Borland, FSB’s director of devolved nations said: “The Education Secretary has made the right call by ensuring that schools will offer full-time education after the summer holidays. Employers and working parents will breathe a sigh of relief, given the significant economic consequences and practical difficulties of a part-time school system.

“The small business community would urge the Scottish Government to use this momentum and back day nurseries and other childcare providers so they can also open full-time on August 11, or earlier, as recommended in our recent FSB report.”

In a report published earlier this month, FSB called on the Scottish Government to invest in a diverse and resilient childcare sector to: “Prepare and equip childcare providers to re-open as quickly as it is safe to do so.”