How would you use 1140 hours of early learning?
Pilot projects offering the new 1140 hours of early learning and childcare are running across Midlothian. They are already improving lives of local families. Find out about one family’s experience.
The Nowak family are already benefitting
When Jay Nowak was offered a place for her four-year-old son Jakub in a pilot project at Mount Esk Nursery in Bonnyrigg, she jumped at the chance.
Mount Esk Nursery has 24 families taking part in the pilot
The nursery currently has 24 children benefitting from the 1140 hours of Early Learning & Childcare (EL&C) that will be on offer to all three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds in Scotland by 2020.
Jakub's English has improved
Jay, who is Polish, explains: “I have another son who is in P2 at Hawthornden Primary. We were told by a speech therapist not to speak English at home so when my older son got to school he found the language barrier quite challenging.
“Jakub though is really enjoying the extra hours in nursery. His English has improved so much as he’s being exposed to the language for nearly double the time. His confidence has improved, he’s volunteering to sing the songs and he’s really good at expressing himself.”
Jay has more time to study
The extra hours have also helped Jay and her husband. Jay, who works with Edinburgh City Council as a social care worker, has now been able to change her shift patterns so the family are together in the evenings. She’s also now got time to study for her HNC in social services.
The picture shows Jay and Jakub Nowak