1. Brief Summary
Name the policy, and describe its overall aims. Which National Outcomes does this policy/measure contribute to?
In October 2023, the Scottish Government will publish The School Age Childcare Delivery Framework 2023 (‘The Delivery Framework’). The Delivery Framework will set out our approach and principles that we will apply to design and build a new system of school age childcare, as well as outlining the action areas we will focus on over the next 3 years.
The Delivery Framework will outline our person-centred and place based design approaches, how we will test and sustain changes, whilst taking time to fully understand, learn, adapt and improve services for target families.
The approach we are taking will allow us to better understand the model needed to support lower income families, to build the capacity within communities to deliver this and, ensure we build a sustainable school age childcare system.
As part of this approach, the Delivery Framework will also set out how we intend to work collaboratively with children, families and our partners in the sector, as we build and test.
The School Age Childcare Delivery Framework follows the recent Best Start: Strategic early learning and school age childcare plan for Scotland, 2022-26. This was published in October 2022 and sets the strategic direction for all our childcare commitments.
The Delivery Framework will not provide detailed timescales for delivery or implementation, nor will it set out any changes to policy at this stage.
The Delivery Framework will contribute to many National Outcomes, most notably (but not exclusively):
- We are well educated, skilled and able to contribute to society
- We are healthy and active
- We grow up loved, safe and respected so that we realise our full potential
- We tackle poverty by sharing opportunities, wealth and power more equally
- We have thriving and innovative businesses, with quality jobs and fair work for everyone
- We live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe.
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