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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13198: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what feedback it has received from the Early Learning and Childcare trials.

Answered by: Maree Todd 20 December 2017

We have funded 14 trials across Scotland to test out different ways in which the expansion of early learning and childcare entitlement to 1140 hours can be delivered. 12 of the trials are still operational and learning is continuing to be gathered through an evaluation process. The service offered by the 2 trials that concluded in the summer, in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders, have continued to be offered to families as part of the early phasing of 1140 hours entitlement within those areas.

A final report on learning from the trials will be prepared by Summer 2018. Early lessons were disseminated in the Interim Learning Report circulated to all authorities in October