Date lodged: 12 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what help is available for nurseries wishing to become partner nurseries.
Answered by: Maree Todd 26 March 2019
‘Partner nurseries’ are providers contracted by the local authority to deliver the funded entitlement to early learning and childcare to 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds. They are also referred to as ‘funded providers’.
The first point of contact for a nursery wishing to become a funded provider should be their local authority. The local authority is responsible for local contracting arrangements. They will advise on the process for becoming a funded provider and the support available locally. We know that some providers have found contracting processes to be cumbersome, and we are working with local authorities to simplify these processes and reduce burdens on providers.
Nurseries wanting to know what will be required of providers delivering the expanded entitlement of 1140 hours can find out more from our National Standard, which sets out the criteria all providers across Scotland will have to meet from August 2020 onwards. The National Standard and our Delivery Support Plan, which sets out a range of actions to support both new and existing providers, can be found on our website: https://www2.gov.scot/Publications/2018/12/1980/downloads