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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-05643: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 15 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the reported decrease in the number of children in pre-school education settings who have access to a GTC-registered teacher, from 75.4% to 73.2%, what plans it has to address this issue.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 12 January 2017

Decisions regarding how teachers are involved in the delivery of early learning and childcare (ELC) are the responsibility of local authorities.

However, it is a requirement of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) that every manager/lead practitioner of a daycare of children service must hold a relevant teaching qualification that meets the General Teaching Council (Scotland) regulatory requirements or must hold, or be working towards, a relevant degree level Childhood Practice award.

The BA Childhood Practice, which was launched in 2009, has been designed to ensure that practitioners have the specialist early years expertise and knowledge to support young children’s learning and to enable them to add value in early learning environments. There is now a greater mix of teachers and graduates across the ELC sector.

The Scottish Government is committed to going further and will ensure that nurseries in the most deprived areas will have an additional teacher or graduate from 2018.