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.”