Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare – Reinstatement of 1140 statutory duty : Island Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA)
Title of Impact Assessment : Island Communities Impact Assessment
Title of Policy : Expansion of early learning and childcare – The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Modification) Order 2021 - Reinstatement of 1140 statutory duty
Summary of aims and desired outcomes of Policy : The Scottish Government and local authorities have committed to almost double the funded entitlement to early learning and childcare (ELC) from 600 to 1140 hours from August 2021 for all 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds. This will be high quality, flexible early learning and childcare that is accessible and affordable for families.
The expansion will deliver three main benefits for children and families:
- children's development improves and the poverty related attainment gap narrows;
- more parents will have the opportunity to be in work, training or study; and
- increased family resilience through improved health and wellbeing of parents and children.
Directorate: Division: team : Early Learning and Childcare Programme Directorate: Strategy and Delivery Unit