Date lodged: 17 May 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-22964 by Maree Todd on 16 May 2019, whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding what effect it expects the charging of low prices for childcare services in council-run settings would have on private, voluntary and independent sector providers that cannot match such prices without making a loss, and for what reason it did not provide this information in its answer.
Answered by: Maree Todd 4 June 2019
All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx .
Therefore, consideration of any effect of councils providing discretionary ELC on other providers would need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
As highlighted in S5W-22964 local authorities are committed to ensuring the highest quality of local services for children and families, and in particular to supporting those from more disadvantaged backgrounds. How resources are used locally to support families – for example by helping parents and carers with the costs of childcare – is a matter for local decision-making in line with local democratic processes.
As highlighted in the answers to both questions S5W-22432 on 29 April 2019 and S5W-22964, local authorities have discretionary powers to provide early learning and childcare beyond the statutory entitlement under section 1(1C) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 and may charge for such provision in terms of section 33(2) of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000.