Thousands of children from low-income families will benefit from free childcare, free activities and healthy food this summer.
The Scottish government have announced that they will dedicate £10 million towards the summer programme this year to support low-income families at a time when living costs are continuing to rise across the country.
Education Secretary, Shirley-Anne Somerville, said: “School holidays can be expensive for families, especially when household bills are soaring. This funding means children and young people who really need it will be able to access coordinated childcare, activities and nutritious food over the summer.
“They will have opportunities to play, socialise and access a range of activities that broaden their experiences and supplement their learning.
“Support will be targeted at the six priority family types at greatest risk of poverty, including lone parent families and families with a disabled adult or child. We have a national mission to tackle child poverty and, along with £21.75 million in funding for alternative holiday food provision for families eligible for free school meals, this offer will provide much-needed support over the summer.”
COSLA Children and Young People’s Spokesperson, Councillor Tony Buchanan, said “Councils and their local delivery partners will provide varied programmes, incorporating activities, childcare, and food provision, in line with local needs and guided by what children, young people, and families themselves say will make a difference.”
The activities will be available to children from low-income families between the ages of 5 and 14 who need it most.
The funds have been allocated to local authorities across Scotland and the Scottish Government are encouraging the local authorities to work in close partnerships with the third sector, the out-of-school care sector and community and youth groups in order to harness their expertise to help them design and run services and activities that reflect the needs of local families.