Date lodged: 19 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government when it last provided guidance on what constitutes "access to a teacher" for pre-school children and whether it plans to review or strengthen this during the current parliamentary session.
Answered by: Mark McDonald 12 January 2017
Guidance on Pre-school Teacher Deployment was last published in May 2009.
The Scottish Government believes that children must have access to highly qualified staff with expertise in early childhood learning and development – and that this is particularly vital for those facing particular disadvantages. That is why we are committed to ensuring that nurseries in the most deprived areas will have an additional teacher or graduate from 2018 and we will set out more details as to how this commitment will be delivered later this month.
We have also sought views on a wide range of policy areas as part of our consultation on the expansion of early learning and childcare in Scotland, A Blueprint for 2020. The consultation closed on 9 January 2017 and the Scottish Government will set out its response in the Spring.