Date lodged: 20 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what it expects the impact of its additional graduate policy will be on (a) the number and proportion of children attending high-quality nursery settings, (b) the number and proportion of children meeting expected developmental milestones at school entry and (c) attainment gaps at school entry points.
Answered by: Mark McDonald 1 February 2017
By providing more children who face the greatest disadvantages with access to highly qualified staff with expertise in early childhood learning and development our Additional Graduate commitment will help support our ambition to close the attainment gap.
We are working closely with local authorities to progress the delivery of this commitment, and will monitor the impact on child outcomes as part of the wider evaluation of the early learning and childcare expansion to 1140 hours.