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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20992: Alison Harris (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of the lower-than-forecasted levels of newly-recruited FTE early learning and childcare staff between 1 May and 30 September 2018 it estimates can be explained by optimism bias.

Answered by: Maree Todd 29 January 2019

The Early Learning and Childcare Expansion Delivery Progress Report published in December shows that local authorities remain on track to deliver the capacity required to implement the expansion from August 2020.

The report set out progress against targets which local authorities had estimated would be met at this point in delivery of the expansion. Some local authorities have advised that their assumptions regarding factors such as duration of time required to complete recruitment to some roles may have been subject to optimism bias.

We continue to work closely with local authorities as part of ongoing Programme assurance to ensure that they remain on track to deliver the expansion, overseen by the Joint Delivery Board co-chaired by myself and the COSLA spokesperson for Children and Young People.