Date lodged: 12 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what independent analysis has been undertaken of the budget allocated to nursery provision over the next three years to assess whether it is sufficient to implement the roll-out of 1,140 hours of funded childcare.
Answered by: Maree Todd 26 March 2019
A multi-year funding package to implement the 1140 of funded childcare was agreed with local authorities in spring 2018. This followed two years of engagement and negotiation between Scottish Government and local authorities and represents a shared understanding of the required investment.
An annual review process has been established to provide assurance that the funding package reflects the cost of delivery and actual uptake.
Details of the funding agreement, and how it was reached, are available from SPICe, bib number 59732.