Parents bid for voice in pre-school agenda
It was inaugurated at the annual conference of the Scottish Independent Nurseries Association in Edinburgh. But Mr Boyle stressed it is a broad-based group which will involve voluntary and childminding associations as well as parents from the council and private sectors.
He said: "The existing parents' organisations tend to be preoccupied with primary and secondary schools and pre-school parents have no voice. This is a crucial time for the nursery sector as the Government embarks on its consultation over it plans. Parents of pre-school children want to be in there shaping that agenda."
The group is seeking a meeting with the Education Minister.
Alison Kirby, convener of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, said: "We welcome the existence of any group which will give weight to the views of parents."