The Scottish Government’s aim is to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up, and to give all of our children the best possible start in life.
It is widely acknowledged that the provision of universally accessible and high quality early learning and childcare enriches children with skills and confidence to carry into and further develop throughout school, and is a cornerstone for closing the attainment and inequality gaps.
That is why we will deliver a transformative change in the Early Learning and Childcare provision in Scotland by almost doubling the free entitlement to 1140 hours per year by 2020 for all 3 and 4 year olds, plus for eligible 2 year olds.
This ELC Blueprint 2020 consultation document invites interested parties to give us their views on the direction for the transformation of future ELC provision in Scotland. It sets out key policy principles, and challenges, that will underpin the expansion, and our aspirations for how a high quality, accessible, affordable and flexible ELC sector will look and operate by 2020.