COSLA Responds to DFM Comments on Early Learning and Childcare Policy

Responding to a request from John Swinney for Council Leaders to get on board with the Early Learning and Childcare Policy, COSLA’s Education Spokesperson Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “Firstly Councils are on board with the concept of Early Learning and Childcare, but they cannot act in isolation without the staff or money.

“The recent Audit Scotland report clearly showed Scotland’s Councils are fully committed to this policy. 

“The real issue here is once again we have the Scottish Government proposing a huge and ambitious programme without ensuring the appropriate support, infrastructure and staffing was in place and more fundamentally whether it was affordable. 

“We have continually asked them to review their positions around funding and delivery timetables and for them to now turn round and ask us to get on board smacks to me of being a deflection tactic.”

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said: “COSLA believes in working together to come up with solutions. Therefore I would suggest  to the Scottish Government that in order for us to avoid getting into this situation again, they need to work up joint business cases for new initiatives in partnership with COSLA and at the earliest possible stage.

“This would remove the possibility of them promising the earth and then finding it undeliverable. 

“COSLA and myself are up for this policy and for working in partnership with the Scottish Government particularly if the outcome is better services – but this partnership working has to be more than cosy chats.  It has to be real and meaningful dialogue.“

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Thu, 01/03/2018 - 12:59