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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17126: Alison Harris (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government when it last met each local authority to discuss future funding for (a) nursery places and (b) child care provision.

Answered by: Maree Todd 21 June 2018

The Scottish Government has met, and will continue to meet, regularly with local authorities to discuss the delivery of the Early Learning and Childcare entitlement. These meetings can be through a number of routes, including one-to-one meetings or through engagement and working groups whose membership includes Scottish Government and local authorities.

The Scottish Government’s Early Learning and Childcare Delivery Support Team has been in regular contact with all councils to discuss the development of their Early Learning and Childcare expansion plans. This includes discussions relating to the approach adopted, estimated costs and the allocation of both capital and revenue funding. Over the last year the Delivery Support team has had a number of collaborative workshops and 1-2-1 meetings both to inform the development of future models of delivery and associated cost estimates.

In confirming the multi-year funding agreement local authorities were also offered the on-going support of the ELC Delivery Team to support the refinement of their plans following this funding confirmation.

The Director for Early Learning and Childcare has also held individual meetings with the majority of local authorities over the last 18 months.

The dates of the most recent meetings with individual authorities are set out in Table 1.

Table 1 : Summary of Latest Meetings with Individual Local Authorities

Local Authority

Date

Aberdeen City Council

13-02-2018

Aberdeenshire

22-02-2018

Angus Council

22-02-2018

Argyll & Bute Council

26-02-2018

Clackmannanshire Council

21-02-2018

Dumfries & Galloway Council

12-02-2018

Dundee City Council

16-02-2018

East Ayrshire Council

09-02-2018

East Dunbartonshire Council

28-02-2018

East Lothian Council

22-02-2018

East Renfrewshire Council

26-02-2018

Edinburgh Council

14-02-2018

Eilean Siar

01-03-2018

Falkirk Council

27-02-2018

Fife Council

13-02-2018

Glasgow City Council

16-03-2018

Highland Council

21-02-2018

Inverclyde Council

12-02-2018

Midlothian Council

14-02-2018

Moray Council

20-02-2018

North Ayrshire Council

06-06-2018

North Lanarkshire Council

28-02-2018

Orkney Islands Council

28-02-2018

Perth & Kinross Council

27-02-2018

Renfrewshire Council

23-02-2018

Scottish Borders Council

21-02-2018

Shetland Islands Council

01-03-2018

South Ayrshire Council

16-02-2018

South Lanarkshire Council

16-05-2018

Stirling

28-02-2018

West Dunbartonshire Council

16-02-2018

West Lothian Council

26-02-2018

The Scottish Government also meets regularly with Local Authorities through involvement in a number of groups, in particular the ELC Leaders Forum, the ELC Finance Working Group and the ADES (Association of Directors of Education in Scotland) Early Years Network.

Table 2: Last Meetings of Early Learning and Childcare Groups

Group

Date of last meeting:

ELC Leaders Forum

31-05-2018

ELC Finance Working Group

13-06-2018

ADES Early Years Network

08-06-2018