Date lodged: 24 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether the provision of care to children under the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 can consist of educational activities.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 11 May 2017
In considering the scope of the provision of care to children under the Public Services Reform Act (Scotland) 2010, it is necessary to consider the definition of “day care of children”, which is found in schedule 12. This definition is then restricted to services whose primary purpose is the provision of care to children by regulation 4 of the Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (Excepted Services) Regulations 2012.
It is of note that under the 2010 Act, “day care of children” must exceed two hours in any given day.
The quality of care by services providing “day care of children” is regulated and inspected by the Care Inspectorate.