THE lottery-backed New Opportunities Fund has announced a pound;500,000 childcare package to provide 1,800 places at 21 projects in Scotland. In all the fund plans to spend pound;49 million on out-of-school activities in Scotland.
David Campbell, the Scotland board member on the New Opportunities Fund, said the aim was to provide children with a safe and stimulating environment while allowing parents to take up a job or a training place.
Sam Galbraith, the Children and Education Minister, welcomed the extra funds and said the Executive planned to provide places before and after school for 100,000 children by 2003.
The biggest grant of pound;70,616 goes to Glasgow Development Agency to create 480 new places for children aged four to 14 at 10 locations in the city. Among the objectives will be to encourage
parent-led management of individual schemes.
One of the smallest grants, of pound;6,708, is for Alva Play Pals in Clackmannanshire where nine holiday places and three after-school places will be provided to support pupils at Alva primary.