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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20991: Alison Harris (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of comments in the recent progress report on the expansion of funded childcare, whether it will provide details of where challenges have been found in “recruiting to some role types”, and what these role types are.

Answered by: Maree Todd 29 January 2019

The Early Learning and Childcare Expansion Delivery Progress Report published in December 2018 shows that local authorities remain on track to deliver the capacity required to implement the expansion from August 2020.

Local authorities which encountered recruitment challenges in the period covering 1 May - 30 September 2018 reported some challenges in recruiting to practitioner roles and senior practitioner / head of centre roles. In some areas the timing of the recruitment process and the reporting period means positions expected to be filled soon, have not been reported as filled for this period. The movement of staff to promoted positions and a focus on upskilling current staff has meant less of an impact on overall numbers in the reporting period. We also know local authorities are considering the potential impact that movement of staff from private and third sector settings could have and are seeking to fill posts from internal staff pools working in areas out with Early Learning and Childcare. This shows a holistic approach is being taken but has also resulted in some positions taking longer to fill.

As noted in the published report, for some authorities the number of staff forecast to be recruited has not been required in the period.