Date lodged: 23 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to its recent announcement on funding for additional graduates for early learning and childcare, how many (a) graduates and (b) teachers it expects to (i) begin and (ii) complete courses in 2017-18, and, of those who complete courses in 2017-18, how many it expects to go on to work in nurseries in the most deprived areas.
Answered by: Mark McDonald 1 February 2017
In order to support delivery of the commitment the Scottish Government will invest nearly £1.5 million in 2017-18 to fund additional places for teacher training and on the BA Childhood Practice. As a result of this investment we expect an additional 126 students to start their teacher training and an additional 270 students to commence BA Childhood Practice in 2017-18.
We are currently working closely with local authorities to progress this commitment, and will ask them to provide plans setting out how they propose to allocate, and fill, the additional places in their area.