Date lodged: 9 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Minister for Children and Young People on 19 December 2018 (Official Report, c. 55), what proportion of the 4% reduction in childminders between 2017 and 2018 is due to a drop in the number of inactive childminders.
Answered by: Maree Todd 23 January 2019
Data relating to 2018 is not currently available.
There was a 4% reduction (243 services) in the number of childminders registered with the Care Inspectorate between end of 2016 and end of 2017, as reported in Early Learning and Childcare Statistics 2017 which is available at http://www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/publications-statistics/19-public/statistics .
Only 2.5% of the reduction in childminding services between 2016 and 2017 was due to the drop in the number of inactive childminders, which equates to a drop of 6 inactive childminders.