The 2017-18 Action Plan committed us, by the end of March 2018, to establishing a Service Models Working Group in partnership with local authorities to develop the details of the new Funding Follows the Child model; and produce a National Standard for a more open process to becoming a funded provider.
The Early Learning and Childcare Service Model for 2020: Consultation Paper is the output of the intensive work that the joint Scottish Government and local government Service Models Working Group has taken forward since its first meeting in June 2017. This has included extensive engagement with providers and key stakeholders to ensure that this new model works for everyone in the sector and helps to improve the early learning and childcare experience for our young children.
The introduction of this new approach represents a substantial change for the early learning and childcare sector in Scotland. We want to ensure that everyone in the sector, including families, can provide their views on the new model and that is why we are now consulting jointly with COSLA on the proposed National Standard.