Date lodged: 17 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-04227 by Mark McDonald on 11 November 2016, whether it will provide an update on the information it has gathered on available capacity within the early learning and childcare sector, including the total hourly (a) term-time, (b) holiday day-time and (c) yearly capacity of the early learning and childcare sector.
Answered by: Mark McDonald 3 March 2017
The Care Inspectorate collects information on capacity places (the maximum number of children who can attend at any one time) and opening times. As at 31 December 2015 there were around (a) 152,000 capacity places in all non-domestic daycare for children settings during term-time, (b) 88,000 capacity places in all non-domestic daycare for children settings during the holidays, and (c) 160,000 capacity places in all non-domestic daycare for children settings in total.
If only settings that deliver the funded entitlement are considered, the respective number of capacity places are (a) 111,000 during term-time, (b) 54,000 during holidays, and (c) 112,000 in total.