Date lodged: 12 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Dumfries and Galloway Council regarding early learning and childcare.
Answered by: Maree Todd 26 March 2019
The Scottish Government has met, and will continue to meet, regularly with local authorities to discuss the delivery of the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) entitlement. This includes routes such as sharing information through the ELC Partnership Forum, and the expansion specific group on the Knowledge Hub.
Scottish Government officials have been in contact with Dumfries and Galloway Council following the recent ELC Partnership Forum which took place in Lockerbie. Some providers attending expressed concerns about the involvement of funded providers in the expansion of 1140 hours in Dumfries and Galloway.
The Council have since engaged constructively with funded providers and are putting in place arrangements to enhance meaningful and genuine partnership working going forward. The Scottish Government welcomes this shared commitment towards achieving the 1140 hours expansion for Dumfries and Galloway’s children.