Nursery-age Childcare Funding

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 29 February 2024.

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Photo of Natalie Don Natalie Don Scottish National Party

It would not be appropriate for me to intervene directly in the internal decision-making processes of an individual local authority in relation to the delivery of ELC. However, I expect any changes to service delivery in any local authority to be made in line with statutory duties and to take account of the Scottish Government and local government’s shared aims of ELC expansion.

Those shared aims are reflected in the statutory guidance, and our latest funding follows the child operating guidance, which was delivered jointly with COSLA. I encourage neighbouring councils to work together to ensure that publicly funded services meet the needs of families and prioritise children’s wellbeing, including those who need cross-boundary placements. I will continue to monitor the situation.