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Early Learning and Childcare in Glasgow Oral Question, 18/12/14 [S]

During General Question Time on 18 December 2014 Bill Kidd (SNP) asked the Scottish Government whether it considers that Glasgow City Council provision in the west of the city is meeting the Government’s aim of providing expanded funded early learning and childcare.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell replied, like all local authorities, Glasgow City Council has a statutory duty to secure early learning and childcare for eligible children whose parents wish it. When children become eligible, local authorities will do their best to meet the needs of each parent, and they can offer places through their own settings or through private and third sector providers. We would expect local authorities to do their best to meet the needs of parents.

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 puts flexibility on a statutory footing for the first time. Local authorities are now required to consult groups of parents at least once every two years on patterns of early learning and childcare provision. That will increase parental choice and better meet the needs of families.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 18 December 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 18 December 2014