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Independence could see Scottish parents benefit from a European style system of childcare with a far greater level of public subsidy, the country's First Minister said.
Alex Salmond said a "transformational shift" in this area should be one of the first acts of an independent Scotland.
He made the policy commitment as he delivered his key note speech to the Scottish National Party (SNP) spring conference in Inverness.
Mr Salmond hailed the measure as one of the reasons for voting to leave the UK in next year's referendum, describing it as "part of the why of independence".
First Minister Alex Salmond has told delegates at today's SNP conference that a Yes vote for Scotland in September 2014's referendum on independence would give the nation a "renewed purpose".
He added that "Scotland can't afford not to be independent."
First Minister Alex Salmond has urged Scots to "vote yes" at the independence referendum on 18th September 2014:
First Minister Alex Salmond will set out his case for why Scotland would be better off if it was independent from Britain in his speech at the SNP spring conference today.
The event comes just two days after he said that voters in Scotland will decide the country's future in an independence referendum to be held on September 18 2014.
Mr Salmond promised the conference would "set out the 'why of independence' to the people - what won't happen in an independent Scotland will be getting dragged into illegal wars, having Trident nuclear weapons dumped on the Clyde for another 50 years, or the imposition of bedroom taxes.
"And what will happen will be the mobilisation of the human and natural resources of Scotland to build a prosperous economy and just society."