Date lodged: 23 May 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how many of the 600 new early learning and childcare centres that it has committed to open will be in the west of Scotland.
Answered by: Mark McDonald 1 June 2016
We will ensure that provision is developed in partnership with each local authority to meet the needs of parents and children. We are currently working with the Scottish Futures Trust to determine the additional infrastructure requirements of each local authority to meet the commitment to provide an entitlement to 1140 hours per year of early learning and childcare by the end of the current Parliament. Solutions for each authority will be determined through a detailed analysis of their existing infrastructure estate and capacity, plus their expansion plans. The Scottish Government is committed to meeting the infrastructure costs of the 1140 hours expansion in full.