Date lodged: 15 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government for what reason data collection in its recent progress report on the expansion of funded childcare was not undertaken in a standard way across all local authorities; what efforts were made to provide guidance to local authorities on its preferred data collection methods, and whether this variation in data collection methods will be addressed in future progress reports.
Answered by: Maree Todd 29 January 2019
The Early Learning and Childcare Expansion Delivery Progress Report is based on data returns prepared by local authorities and submitted to the Improvement Service.
As noted in the Progress Report, each local authority was provided with a standard template for submission of progress data, accompanied by a detailed guidance document containing instructions for completing the template and detailed definitions for each indicator. Short descriptions for each indicator are summarised in the Progress Report.