Date lodged: 9 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the study, Drivers and Barriers to uptake Early Learning and Childcare amongst 2 year olds, how it will improve the way in which uptake data is captured, and when this new data will be available.
Answered by: Mark McDonald 22 March 2017
Current uptake calculations are based on the number of registrations for funded early learning and childcare, as collected from settings and agreed with each local authority. We are aware that improvements are needed to the data collection for this sector, and are planning on moving to an individual child level census, using data held by local authorities. By changing to a more detailed data collection, we will be able to resolve issues such as the double counting of children with split placements and reporting of cross boundary placements as we will have the necessary detail to address this issues. Uptake figures based on this more comprehensive data should be available in summer 2019.