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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15052: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the finding by Fair Funding for Our Kids, which suggests that local authorities are underfunding places in private nurseries by up to £492 per child.

Answered by: Maree Todd 21 March 2018

The Scottish Government has fully funded local authorities to enable them to meet the requirements of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, including the expansion of the entitlement to funded early learning and childcare to 600 hours. Over the period 2014-15 to 2018-19 we will have provided local authorities with nearly £810 million revenue and capital funding.

We are committed to fully funding the expansion of early learning and childcare entitlement to 1140 hours by 2020.

As part of this we will introduce a new Funding Follows the Child approach, which will ensure financially sustainable provision across all sectors and will ensure that funding provided for early learning and childcare directly supports our young children and their families.