Date lodged: 17 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) teachers and (b) graduates have worked in nurseries in the most deprived areas in Scotland in each of the last 10 years.
Answered by: Mark McDonald 15 March 2017
(a) Data is not collected for nursery settings specifically, but for all centres providing the funded entitlement of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC). The following table shows the number of teachers working in ELC settings in the 20% most deprived areas of Scotland as defined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD), based on the location of the setting. This analysis is based on data collected through the ELC census in September each year. Comparable data is not available prior to 2010 as the census process was changed in this year.
From 2014 onwards, data on centrally employed teachers in ELC was collected separately. This affects the breakdown by SIMD since these teachers work in various settings across their local authority, and therefore cannot be assigned to an SIMD area. This means that the results from 2014 onwards are not directly comparable to those from earlier years. We have therefore presented the figures in two separate tables, with table 1 covering the period 2010-2013 and table 2 covering the period 2014-2016.
Table 1: Teachers working in ELC settings in the 20% most deprived areas of Scotland, 2010-2013
1. SIMD 2012 was used for analysing 2010 to 2013 data. There were a small number of teachers that worked in settings for each year (apart from 2016) that could not be assigned to an SIMD quintile.
Table 2: Teachers working in ELC settings in the 20% most deprived areas of Scotland, 2014-2016
1. SIMD 2012 was used for analysing 2014 and 2015 data, and SIMD 2016 was used for 2016 data. There were a small number of teachers that worked in settings for each year (apart from 2016) that could not be assigned to an SIMD quintile.
(b) Information on the number of graduates working in nurseries in the most deprived areas is currently not available.