COSLA RESPONSE TO FIRST MINISTER’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON MULTIYEAR EARLY LEARNING AND CHILDCARE FUNDING

A COSLA Spokesperson said:

“Local authorities across Scotland are committed to the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare and COSLA very much welcomes Scottish Government's commitment to fully fund this expansion. 

"However, COSLA is surprised by the funding announcement today as these figures have not been developed in partnership with local authorities nor have we been privy to the basis of the calculation. 

"The figures quoted are internal Scottish Government estimates and we are concerned that they have been developed without the expertise of local government in the delivery of this service. 

"That said, we will now seek to focus on how we work together with Scottish Government to ensure the proper resourcing of this policy and all other elements of the expansion planning, in the lead up to 2020, to ensure the focus remains on quality child centred early learning and childcare, underpinned by GIRFEC principles.”

Article published: 
Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:32