Thousands on nursery waiting list
8 August 2014 Last updated at 15:22 BST
New figures obtained by the BBC show that more than 12,000 babies and toddlers are on waiting lists for local authority nursery places.
A Freedom of Information request to each of Scotland's 32 local authorities revealed significant regional variations.
Despite childcare being a high priority for the Scottish government, some families have been unable to get a place they can afford and that suits their working hours.
BBC Scotland's political correspondent Lucy Adams reports.