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S5W-03845: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 18 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide updates on the work of the (a) Early Learning and Childcare Strategic Evidence Group, (b) Early Learning and Childcare Strategic Forum and (c) Early Learning and Out of School Care Workforce and Quality Group since each was established.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 3 November 2016

Early Learning and Childcare Strategic Forum

The Early Leaning and Childcare Strategic Forum is chaired by me and has met three times since its inception. It's remit is to help develop the strategy for a high quality and flexible early learning and childcare sector – independent with out of school care - that is affordable and accessible for all. It is scheduled to next meet on 17 November.

 Workforce and Quality Group

The Workforce and Quality group was established in January 2016 to consider a range of issues around ensuring quality of early learning and childcare. The group was formerly the Core Reference Group for Professor Siraj’s independent review of early learning and out of school care workforce, and since January 2016, has discussed and provided advice on issues arising from the recommendations of the review, including the training and qualifications of the workforce and the challenges around expanding the workforce significantly to deliver the 1140 hours expansion from 2020.

 Strategic Evidence Group

The Strategic Evidence Group has completed a mapping of the current evidence landscape to identify current evidence, research and gaps; inform future monitoring and evaluation; and, to commission further research. It has also had input to or oversight of a number of specific projects such as the Financial Review; 2 year olds research; and the ELC Census Development Advisory Group; as well as research undertaken by member organisations.