Consultation on the revised Statutory Guidance on early learning and childcare

Date: 12th February 2020
Category: Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities

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Closing date: 4th March 2020

This consultation sets out updated Statutory Guidance to education authorities to support them in exercising their functions in relation to the delivery of early learning and childcare from 1 August 2020.

Statutory Guidance was previously published in 2014 to support the implementation of the changes relating to Early Learning and Childcare made by way of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

Since 2014 there have been substantial changes in the overarching policy and legislative framework for the delivery of early learning and childcare, in particular with the commitment to almost doubling the funded early learning and childcare entitlement for eligible children from 600 hours to 1140 hours from August 2020.  One of the key changes to the policy framework is the introduction of Funding Follows the Child in August 2020.

The updated Statutory Guidance on which the Scottish Government is consulting reflects this new policy framework.

Following consideration of the responses to the consultation, the final version of the Statutory Guidance will be published in May 2020 and come into force from 1 August 2020.