Publication - Advice and guidance

Funding follows the child and the national standard for early learning and childcare providers: operating guidance

Published: 18 Dec 2018
Directorate:
Early Learning and Childcare Programme Directorate
Part of:
Education
ISBN:
9781787814813

This document sets out how the Funding Follows the Child approach will operate.

63 page PDF

1.1 MB

63 page PDF

1.1 MB

Contents
Funding follows the child and the national standard for early learning and childcare providers: operating guidance
Footnotes

63 page PDF

1.1 MB

Footnotes

1. Nurseries, playgroup and children and family centres. The figure does not include childminders who are delivering the funded hours but we know that 92.1% of childminders were evaluated as good or better on all themes.

2. Care Inspectorate evaluations can change as the result of a complaints investigation or other intelligence received and investigated by the Care Inspectorate through their scrutiny activities.

3. To find out more about SCMA learning opportunities, including the Complete Childminding Learning Pathway see:

https://www.childminding.org/learn-with-scma

For details of the EYS Professional Learning Academy see:

https://earlyyearsscotland.org/Media/Docs/What's%20New/Calendar%20AW1819%20(3).pdf

For regular calendar of EYS professional learning opportunities see:

https://earlyyearsscotland.org/Media/Docs/Secure/EYS%20Professional%20Learning%20web.pdf

4. See paragraph 1.10 of the technical guidance on the Equality Act in relation to the provision of education.

5. For example the Scottish Government's survey of parents (which had 10,571 responses) on the use of the funded entitlement, Exploring parents' views and use of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland, found that: Several parents also referred to private providers setting a minimum number of days or hours, such that parents had to pay for more hours than they needed; there was concern that this may not always suit the child's needs, and that these providers are effectively setting a minimum cost for parents.

6. More information can be found at the Food Standards Agency: https://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/downloads/Legal_Requirements_for_Childminders_in_Scotland_-_Jun_10_1.pdf.

7. Further information see the Scottish Public Finance Manual

8. Parts 7 and 8 of the Act contain an equivalent duty on education authorities to consult and publish plans in relation to discretionary early learning and childcare and mandatory and discretionary day care and out of school care.

9. This legislation will be amended to change the statutory entitlement for ELC from 600 hours to 1140 hours from August 2020.


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