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S5W-03854: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 18 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the publication of its consultation, A Blueprint for 2020: Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland, what good-design guidance for early learning and childcare from around the world will it use to assess whether its own guidance in 2017 meets its commitment for it to be “leading".

Answered by: Mark McDonald 3 November 2016

Developing the new good design guidance will involve looking at leading practice in Scotland and further afield. It is too early to say which specific countries will be looked at in developing the guidance, although this is likely to encompass countries both within and beyond Europe. Direct input from both the Care Inspectorate, based on latest inspection evidence, and the Scottish Futures Trust, based on their experiences of overseeing development of the ‘Scotland’s Schools of the Future’ programme, will ensure that the guidance developed is of high quality.