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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21011: Alison Harris (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 17 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government which measures outlined in the recent delivery support plan for the expansion of funded childcare are new.

Answered by: Maree Todd 31 January 2019

The Delivery Support Plan for Early Learning and Childcare Providers sets out a number of new measures including:

Providing Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland with additional resource to support providers to meet the quality aspects of the National Standard.Working with COSLA to enable providers in the private and third sectors to post job opportunities for free on My Jobs Scotland in the period up to 2020.Hosting a Partnership Summit in early summer to bring together providers and local authorities to showcase good practice partnership working.Working with delivery partners to identify further opportunities to incentivise more older workers to take-up training opportunities in ELC.Providing targeted advice and support to providers to help them to implement Fair Work practices and to deliver the real Living Wage commitment; andWorking with providers and local authorities to develop a national information resource that all settings and local authorities can share with parents locally.

As set out in the Delivery Support Plan these actions build on the range of support that is already available to early learning and childcare providers. This includes the removal of the burden of non-domestic rates through the 100% rate relief for premises wholly or mainly used as day nurseries introduced in April 2018; and continued increases in the number of ELC Modern Apprenticeships by 10% each year to 2020.

In addition our multi-year funding agreement with COSLA includes funding for the payment of sustainable rates to providers – as a result the hourly rates paid to providers across the country will increase significantly over the period to 2020.

That Plan is a live document which we intend to update as we develop new support measures, and to allow us to reflect any further opportunities or challenges that emerge in the transition to 2020.