Early Learning and Childcare Programme Directorate

We are responsible for developing a flexible and high-quality Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) system for Scotland that is accessible, affordable, and integrated with school and out-of-school care. We are also responsible for developing out of school care policy in Scotland.

We are responsible for providing ELC that: 

  • increases the entitlement of funded ELC for all three and four year olds and eligible two year olds to 1140 hours per year from August 2020 - nearly double the current funded entitlement of 600 hours 
  • ensures children’s development improves and the attainment gap narrows
  • supports parents to work, train or study, especially those who need help with finding sustainable employment
  • increases family resilience through improved health and wellbeing of parents and children

Who we are

Cabinet Secretary and Ministers