Publication - Statistics

Summary statistics for schools in Scotland no. 9: 2018 edition

Published: 11 Dec 2018
Directorate:
Learning Directorate
Part of:
Statistics
ISBN:
9781787814394

Results of the annual pupil census, annual teacher census, early learning and childcare provision and school estate survey data.

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Contents
Summary statistics for schools in Scotland no. 9: 2018 edition
Chapter 5: Early Learning and Childcare

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Chapter 5: Early Learning and Childcare

99% of 3 & 4 year olds are registered for funded ELC (99% in 2017)

10% of 2 year olds are registered for funded ELC (10% in 2017)

Table 5.1 shows that there were 96,549 registrations for funded ELC places in September 2018, an increase of 0.7% since September 2017 when there were 95,893 registrations. This suggests around 99% of eligible 3 and 4 year olds were registered (99% in 2017). Children registered to receive funded ELC at more than one centre may be counted more than once, and so this will slightly overestimate true uptake.

Table 5.1: Registrations(1) for funded early learning and childcare at local authority and partnership centres, September 2018

Under 2 2 year olds 3 + 4 year olds(2) Deferred Entry(4) Total
Number % of population Number % of those eligible(3)
Aberdeen City 0 147 6 3,275 92 163 3,585
Aberdeenshire 6 174 6 4,451 95 291 4,922
Angus 1 101 9 1,688 96 152 1,942
Argyll & Bute 0 53 7 1,258 103 68 1,379
Clackmannanshire 0 112 21 861 103 25 998
Dumfries & Galloway 0 104 8 2,060 102 173 2,337
Dundee City 0 239 16 2,268 98 180 2,687
East Ayrshire 0 260 20 1,959 99 72 2,291
East Dunbartonshire 1 69 6 1,787 99 101 1,958
East Lothian 0 93 8 1,664 94 95 1,852
East Renfrewshire 18 54 5 1,738 97 94 1,904
City of Edinburgh 179 457 9 7,453 95 494 8,583
Na h-Eileanan Siar 4 33 14 375 100 38 450
Falkirk 0 115 7 2,783 107 116 3,014
Fife 0 549 14 6,050 101 289 6,888
Glasgow City 35 634 9 9,547 95 380 10,596
Highland 3 138 6 3,731 106 334 4,206
Inverclyde 26 125 17 1,106 97 61 1,318
Midlothian 1 122 11 1,872 105 123 2,118
Moray 0 73 7 1,487 105 88 1,648
North Ayrshire 10 285 21 2,038 100 49 2,382
North Lanarkshire 0 397 11 5,637 96 176 6,210
Orkney Islands 0 9 5 324 109 41 374
Perth & Kinross 0 129 9 2,255 102 237 2,621
Renfrewshire 126 316 18 2,691 99 222 3,355
Scottish Borders 0 94 8 1,640 96 99 1,833
Shetland Islands 0 5 2 416 109 46 467
South Ayrshire 24 164 16 1,841 111 67 2,096
South Lanarkshire 46 333 10 5,212 101 266 5,857
Stirling 7 40 5 1,344 100 101 1,492
West Dunbartonshire 52 182 19 1,427 100 68 1,729
West Lothian 0 95 5 3,187 96 175 3,457
Scotland 539 5,701 10 85,425 99 4,884 96,549

(1) This is a snapshot of registrations at census week (17-21 September 2018). It does not include children who were registered between census week and the end of December.

(2) Refers to academic year - 3 and 4 year olds were previously referred to as ‘ante pre-school’ and ‘pre-school’ respectively.

(3) Eligible children are estimated from National Records of Scotland population projections. For 3 year olds, only around half of children are eligible at the time of the census (17-21 September 2018).

(4) Refers to children who are eligible to attend primary school but have deferred entry and remain in funded ELC.

The number of 2 year olds registered has increased from 5,363 in 2017 to 5,701 in 2018. This represents an uptake of approximately ten per cent of all 2 year olds, with uptake remaining around the same level as in 2017. Around a quarter of 2 year olds are now eligible for funded ELC through the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and through subsequent secondary legislation which commenced in August 2015.

Prior to 2011, the graduate workforce working in ELC was only formed of teachers. However, since 2011 they have only made up part of this workforce as a Bachelor’s degree (SCQF level 9) in Childhood Practice was introduced. From 2017, the census data collection was expanded to reflect this change in the workforce. The FTE and job type of graduate staff (with a SCQF level 9 qualification relevant to early years) working in ELC, other than teachers are now collected. Data has also been collected on ELC staff that do not hold a graduate level qualification (SCQF level 9) relevant to early years that were working towards the benchmark degree level qualifications required for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as a manager/lead practitioner. See the background notes for a list of the SSSC benchmark qualifications.

Table 5.2 shows that the FTE of graduates working in ELC with degrees relevant to early years, other than teachers, was 2,302, an increase of 229 compared with 2,074 recorded in 2017. The FTE of ELC staff working towards the SSSC benchmark degree level qualifications has increased by 87 to 1,098 in 2018, compared with 1,011 in 2017. Finally, there were 821 FTE teachers working in ELC at the time of the census, compared with 921 in 2017.

Table 5.2: FTE of teachers, graduate staff, and staff working towards graduate qualifications at centres providing funded early learning and childcare, by local authority

Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
Teachers (1) Graduates (2) Working towards graduate qualifications (3) Total
Aberdeen City 35 67 57 159
Aberdeenshire 14 51 53 118
Angus 6 44 29 79
Argyll & Bute 9 36 7 52
Clackmannanshire 7 16 16 39
Dumfries & Galloway 18 50 15 84
Dundee City 37 44 49 129
East Ayrshire 13 72 37 122
East Dunbartonshire 30 45 43 118
East Lothian 12 40 14 67
East Renfrewshire 31 71 27 128
City of Edinburgh 138 246 110 494
Na h-Eileanan Siar 3 14 8 25
Falkirk 25 76 29 130
Fife 68 64 70 202
Glasgow City 55 490 138 682
Highland 35 31 29 95
Inverclyde 7 42 10 60
Midlothian 15 46 15 76
Moray 6 35 15 56
North Ayrshire 11 78 31 119
North Lanarkshire 42 123 55 219
Orkney Islands 5 4 6 15
Perth & Kinross 42 41 37 120
Renfrewshire 14 80 30 124
Scottish Borders 17 11 8 37
Shetland Islands 8 6 2 16
South Ayrshire 27 48 31 106
South Lanarkshire 63 178 55 295
Stirling 9 49 35 92
West Dunbartonshire 9 50 12 71
West Lothian 10 56 26 93
Scotland 821 2,302 1,098 4,222

(1) GTCS registered teachers. Includes teachers in ELC centres, centrally employed teachers, and home visiting teachers.

(2) Includes staff that hold: a degree level benchmark qualification required by the SSSC for registration as a manager/lead practitioner (see background notes for list of benchmark qualifications); a degree level (SCQF level 9) qualification relevant to early years and are working towards a degree level benchmark qualification required by the SSSC for registration as a manager/lead practitioner; or a degree level qualification sufficient to meet the registration standards of another regulatory body (e.g. Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Medical Council).

(3) Staff that do not hold degrees (SCQF level 9) relevant to early years, but are working towards a SSSC benchmark degree level qualification for registration as a manager/lead practitioner.

Table 5.3 shows the characteristics of teachers in ELC. The vast majority of teachers (94%) are female, although since 2015 the proportion of male teachers has doubled from 3% to 6%. Since 2012, the average age of teachers has remained around age 45. Data on age and gender is only available for teachers, although they only form part of the graduate workforce in ELC.

Table 5.3: ELC Teacher characteristics percentages(1), 2018

Gender Age
Female Male Under 25 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 or over Average Age
94 6 1 16 31 33 19 45

(1) Figures are based on headcount

Chart 2 shows the age profile of GTCS registered ELC teachers, as at September 2018. The number of teachers generally increases with age, with peaks at ages 35 and 48, before decreasing sharply after age 57.

Chart 2: Age profile of GTCS registered early learning and childcare teachers

Chart 2: Age profile of GTCS registered early learning and childcare teachers


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