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The Early Learning and Childcare Report from SCMA

Our Early Learning and Childcare report assesses the current use of childminding services in Scotland in relation to the delivery of funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) to eligible two year olds.

By contacting every local authority in Scotland to obtain data, the report draws together a national picture on the current use of childminding services to deliver funded ELC. Through analysis of the information, the report goes on to explain the importance of the inclusion of childminding services in the delivery of ELC in order to protect the future of this workforce in Scotland.

Key points from the Report:

  • 30 local authorities responded to our request for information on the use of childminders to deliver funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC).
  • Of those 30 local authorities who provided information, only 15 have commissioned the services of childminders to deliver funded ELC.
  • Only 114 childminders in the whole of Scotland are delivering funded ELC to eligible two year olds.
  • Only 5 childminders in the whole of Scotland are delivering funded ELC to three and four year olds.
  • 98% of childminders in Scotland are not included yet in the delivery of funded ELC with eligible two year olds.
  • Nearly 70% of the SCMA membership has signed a mandate asking us to lobby for change.
  • Alarmingly childminders are starting to be put out of business in Scotland as children are moved to funded provision.
  • SCMA is actively campaigning for childminders to be part of local authority expansion plans.

For further information on the Early Learning and Childcare Report contact us on 01786 445377.

Report on the current state of childminding services in Scotland to deliver funded Early Learning and Childcare to eligible two year olds