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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-08352: Fulton MacGregor (Coatbridge and Chryston)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 23 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it is encouraging fair work in the private nursery sector.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 30 March 2017

We will promote Fair Work practices across the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) sector. As part of this we want to see all childcare workers delivering the funded entitlement, across all sectors, paid at least the Living Wage from the introduction of the entitlement to 1140 hours in 2020.

Our Financial Review of Early Learning and Childcare, published in September 2016, found that 80% of practitioners and 50% of supervisors in private and third sector ELC settings, who deliver funded entitlement, are paid below the Living Wage.

That is why we will invest £50 million to extend payment of the Living Wage to all childcare staff delivering the funded entitlement in private and third sector nurseries, by the end of this Parliament.

We will work with local authorities and delivery partners through our new Service Models Working Group to progress this commitment.