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Cost of Early Learning and Childcare Provision in Partner Provider Settings

Cost of Early Learning and Childcare Provision in Partner Provider Settings

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ISBN: 9781786524768

This report and the accompanying spreadsheet presents data collected on behalf of the Scottish Government on the costs and income associated with providing early learning and childcare (ELC) among private and not-for-profit ‘partner providers’

Executive Summary

This report and the accompanying spreadsheet presents data collected on behalf of the Scottish Government on the costs and income associated with providing early learning and childcare (ELC) among private and not-for-profit ‘partner providers’.

An online survey of ‘partner providers’ (those currently providing government-funded hours for eligible two, three and four year-olds) collected detailed information about costs, income, capacity and occupancy. Cost information was also collected from a small sample of childminders.

The aim of the providers’ survey was to provide as accurate estimates as possible of the costs associated with their provision of ELC for children under school-age, in order to inform Scottish Government planning and economic modelling for extending government-funded hours.