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S5W-06596: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 26 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-05641 by Mark McDonald on 12 January 2017, what the (a) aims, (b) processes, (c) membership, and (d) distinct remit is of the (i) ELC Strategic Forum, (ii) ELC Managers Forum, and (iii) Senior Leaders Forum.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 9 February 2017

Membership of the three Forums is listed below. The remit of the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) Strategic Forum is to develop and drive a strategic vision for high quality, flexible ELC in Scotland that is affordable and accessible for all. The forum provides strategic advice to Scottish Ministers through maintaining a high-level oversight of our ELC programme. The Forum meets three times per year.

The Senior Leaders’ Forum, which meets bi-monthly, provides an opportunity for senior representatives from local authorities with an interest in the ELC expansion programme to engage with Scottish Government officials directly in the strategic planning and implementation of the programme. It is intended that this group will help Scottish Ministers deliver on our vision for the expansion of ELC at local level. This forum will also communicate and share best practice in strategic planning with regional colleagues, and assist in resolving regional issues where these arise.

The ELC Managers’ Forum, which also meets bi-monthly, assists in the planning and implementation of the ELC expansion programme by providing specialist knowledge in ELC service delivery and infrastructure planning. This forum will also communicate and share best practice in service delivery with regional colleagues, and assist in resolving regional issues where these arise.

Early Learning and Childcare Strategic Forum

Mark McDonald (Chair)

Minister for Childcare & Early Years

Irene Audain

Scottish Out of School Care Network

Sally Cavers

Children in Scotland

Lesley Brown

Education Scotland

Jean Carwood-Edwards

Early Years Scotland

Davina Coupar

West College Scotland

Anna Fowlie

Scottish Social Services Council

Valerie Gale

Care and Learning Alliance

Lesley Gibb

Association of Directors of Education in Scotland

Ann Henderson

Scottish Trades Union Congress

Vicky Crichton

Save the Children

Gerry McLaughlin

NHS Health Scotland

Fiona McQueen (Chief Nursing Officer)

Scottish Government

Kevin Mitchell

Care Inspectorate

Jane O’Donnell and Cllr Stephanie Primrose


Satwat Rehman

One Parent Families Scotland

Bruce Robertson

ELC Strategic Evidence Group Chair

Clare Simpson

Parenting Across Scotland

Maggie Simpson

Scottish Childminding Association

Christine Stephen

Stirling University

Purnima Tanuku

National Day Nurseries Association Scotland

Jim McCormick

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Julie Wild

National Parent Forum of Scotland

Senior Leaders’ Forum

John Butcher

Executive Director, Education and Youth Employment, North Ayrshire Council (Chair at the request of SG)

Craig McArthur


Head of Finance and ICT, East Ayrshire Council

Laura Mason


Chief Education Officer, West Dunbartonshire Council

David McClelland

Head of Service Development, Glasgow City Council

Bill Alexander


Director of Care and Learning, Highland Council

Alan Wood

Director of Finance, Aberdeenshire Council

Donna McMaster

Head of Service,

West Lothian Council

Grace Vickers

Head of Education,


Jim Boyle

Executive Finance Officer Stirling Council

Robert Naylor

Director of Children's Services, Falkirk Council

ELC Managers’ Forum

Morag McDonald

Early Years Strategic Manager, South Lanarkshire Council

Rosemary Smith

PT Early Years, Dumfries & Galloway Council

Kathleen McDonagh

Education Officer (Early Years), Renfrewshire Council

Simon Mair

School Improvement & Planning Manager, East Dunbartonshire Council

Catherine Diamond

Principal Teacher – Manager of Early Years Services, Orkney Council

Alison Mackenzie

Principal Officer Early Years, Argyll and Bute Council

Graham Jarvis

Head of Lifelong Learning, Culture and Sport, Moray Council

Donna Murray

Quality Improvement Education Officer- Early Years,


Grace Frew

Senior Lead Education Officer Early Years, Scottish Borders Council

Carrie Lindsay

Head of Education and Children's Services, Fife Council

Lesley Gibb

Education Manager, Dundee City Council