Section Seven: Data Template
The data template has been designed to support local authorities with their planning. It is not mandatory, and is designed to offer local authorities an additional planning tool. The template is designed to:
- Support local authorities by collating information in a consistent and easy to understand way;
- Be as simple and uncomplicated as possible; and
- Recognise that most of the information gathered should be quick for local authorities to access.
The most challenging data to collect is anticipated to be child hours delivered per setting. The two most commonly used systems ( NAMS & SEEMIS) tend not to carry this particular information. Should any local authority face issues gathering this data the ELC expansion programme can provide advice on a basis for estimation and benchmark.
Most financial data should be available from local authority finance systems against existing cost codes. For any costs per setting previously unallocated ( e.g. catering costs left within primary school budget), local finance teams could offer support in conducting an appropriate allocation process. Data collection may draw upon Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland information sources.
The delivery support team will be able to help local authorities explore the data and the range of analytical options and insight that will become available.
Email: Alison Cumming