Date lodged: 21 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the cost of upgrading existing (a) nursery sites and (b) childminders' facilities to meet the expanded provision that they are anticipated to deliver.
Answered by: Mark McDonald 19 July 2017
We are currently working with local authorities to produce estimates of the potential capital costs associated with delivering the expansion to 1140 hours by 2020.
To aid this process a funding letter was issued to local authorities on 19 May 2017 indicating that ELC expansion plans, which are due for submission to the Scottish Government by 29 September 2017, should be prepared on the assumption that £400 million of capital funding will be available at national level across the next three financial years (2018-19 to 2020-21 inclusive). This indicative figure will help to initiate the necessary iterative process needed to generate a robust estimate of overall capital costs.
I have lodged copies of the 19 May funding letter to local authorities, and also the preceding letter of 19 March 2017 on funding allocations, with the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (Bib number 58900).