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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-06401: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to its recent announcement on funding for additional graduates for early learning and childcare, what (a) funding and (b) other measures there will be to increase awareness of routes into childcare.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 1 February 2017

The Scottish Government will invest around £1 million in 2017-18 to increase awareness of routes into Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) and to attract new recruits in to the sector. This campaign will be informed by the research that we are currently undertaking with target audiences.

We are also currently working with stakeholders to develop a Skills Investment Plan (SIP). The SIP will set out an action plan on how we will address issues such as raising the profile of a career in ELC and promoting routes into the sector.