Date lodged: 28 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what the average cost per hour of (a) local authority and (b) private childcare has been in each of the last 10 years, broken down by age.
Answered by: Maree Todd 25 September 2018
Local Authority settings Data collected from local authorities and published as part of the Financial Review in 2016 implies a unit cost estimate for provision of ELC in local authority settings of £5.45 per hour for three and four year olds and £7.74 for two year olds.
The Financial Review is available here: https://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00506148.pdf
Partner provider rates and costs Also as part of the Financial Review, Ipsos MORI Scotland was commissioned by the Scottish Government to survey private and not-for-profit childcare providers of the funded entitlement across Scotland about their hourly unit costs for delivering ELC. The average cost for one hour of ELC for 0-5 year olds at partner providers was estimated at £3.70 (£3.69 in private settings, £3.72 in voluntary settings).
The Ipsos MORI report for Scottish Government is available here:
Scottish Government does not hold cost data for earlier years.