Children and Young People

Early Learning and Childcare expansion

Local authorities’ August 2020 deadline to deliver 1140 funded hours will be removed.
Local authorities will no longer be legally obliged to deliver 1140 hours of funded childcare from this August.
Ministers have laid an order in the Scottish Parliament to revoke the statutory duty, allowing local authorities to focus on the coronavirus pandemic response.
Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd and COSLA spokesperson for Children and Young People Councillor Stephen McCabe have issued a joint statement.

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Tue, 31/03/2020 - 09:51

COSLA comment on closure of schools and nurseries

Councillor Stephen McCabe, COSLA Children and Young People Spokesperson, said:

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Wed, 18/03/2020 - 15:30

Local Government Responds to The Final Publication Of The Independent Care Review

Local Government welcomes the recommendations from the Independent Care Review and encourages all partners to work together to ensure we build a care system that meets the needs of Scotland’s young people.


The Review was announced by the First Minister in October 2016 as a ‘root and branch’ review of the care system and a remit to examine the underpinning legislation, practices, culture and ethos.


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Wed, 05/02/2020 - 11:23

Strengthening support for learning

Independently-chaired review calls for views.

Parents of children with additional support needs are being asked to share their experiences of schools as part of a new review.

Their feedback, along with views from pupils and teachers, will be used to enhance how additional support for learning is delivered in classrooms.

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Tue, 24/09/2019 - 10:26

Funding boost for Scotland’s school libraries

Scotland’s school libraries are being transformed with the support of a dedicated national programme aimed at improving literacy and boosting educational attainment.

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Mon, 09/09/2019 - 11:22

COSLA comment on changes to the school week

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "All schools are focussed on ensuring that children and young people benefit from a curriculum delivered across the school week.
"It is a matter for individual local authorities and schools who after careful consideration will take decisions to make sure that no pupil is disadvantaged in their learning."
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Tue, 20/08/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on childcare expansion

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "This report shows that almost 20,000 children are already accessing increased hours of Early Learning and Childcare.
"Since this data was collected earlier this year, Councils have been continuing to implement their delivery plans ensuring that a skilled workforce and high-quality nursery settings are in place locally.
"Local authorities will work with local and national partners so that children and their families can benefit from almost double the number of hours of Early Learning and Childcare from August
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Mon, 19/08/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on music tuition

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Seeking to establish the cost of introducing entitlement to universal free instrumental music tuition would be extremely challenging. Such a change in policy may lead to increased demand for lessons placing further pressure on Local Authority core budgets -  for recruitment of additional instrumental music tutors, the purchase of additional instruments and capital building costs to provide additional space for more lessons.  

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Fri, 16/08/2019 - 17:00

COSLA and Scottish Government sets out blueprint for improving the mental health of children and young people

COSLA and the Scottish Government have jointly published the recommendations of the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce and set out a blueprint for improving the mental health of young people in Scotland.


The report has recommended that the work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce will now be taken forward by a new programme board - the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme Board.


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Thu, 04/07/2019 - 11:01

Scotland’s councils are spending millions tackling holiday hunger

Commenting on the launch of a school holiday provision campaign, COSLA Children and Young People Spokesperson Councillor Stephen McCabe said:

“Scotland’s children need to be able to access good food all year round, and as we enter the summer holidays councils across Scotland are spending millions gearing up to support families on low incomes.

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Mon, 01/07/2019 - 18:37