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S5W-05381: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 7 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-04911 by Mark McDonald on 1 December 2016, what the compliance rates are for mandatory staff to child ratios in nursery schools, broken down by local authority.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 15 December 2016

Scottish Government does not collect information on rates of compliance for mandatory staff: child ratios in early learning and childcare settings.

The Care Inspectorate regulates and inspects care services in Scotland to make sure that they meet the right standards. They expect day care of children services to comply with the staff: child ratios in the National Care Standards for Early Education and Childcare up to the age of 16 years. In addition, the Care Inspectorate would expect there to be enough skilled, knowledgeable and qualified staff to meet the needs of the children.