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S5W-15209: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 12 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of families it estimates are currently not taking up their entitlement to funded early learning and childcare.

Answered by: Maree Todd 26 March 2018

Our National Statistics, produced by professionally independent statistical staff, indicate that take up of the entitlement to funded early learning and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds was almost universal (99%) at the time of the early learning and childcare census in September 2017. These were published in the Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, 2017, publication: ( http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/12/3099/348577 ).

Although uptake figures for 2 year olds have risen slightly over the last 2 years, it is still lower than we would like it to be at 10% of the total 2 year old population, where around a quarter are eligible. ( http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/12/3099/348577 ).