Children across North Ayrshire will have access to an extra 125-hours of free education and care from August.
The move by the local SNP-run Council means children will be provided with 600-hours of free care a year.
Ardrossan & Arran councillor John Bruce, the local authority’s SNP Cabinet member for Education Attainment and Achievement, said, “Over the last couple of years we have stressed the importance of early years provision, both in terms of the immediate benefits to young people and how it can support their development well into the future.
“The additional 125-hours of free early learning and childcare will be a real boost for parents and children – providing more dedicated learning at an extremely important time in a child's development.”
The increased provision translates to around six months of free childcare for someone using 25-hours per week.
Cllr Bruce said, “We understand the pressures parents face and we are doing all we can to support them. This increase will give parents more choice and flexibility in what can be an often hectic schedule.”
The SNP councillor noted, “This increase is also fantastic news for parents, particularly those who are struggling to make ends meet. By saving money on childcare they will be able to make the best use of their resources for their family.”