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Question reference: S6W-11889

  • Asked by: Meghan Gallacher, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: 10 November 2022
  • Current status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 23 November 2022


To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-10940 by Clare Haughey on 22 September 2022, whether it has any plans to provide support for parents who cannot access online platforms, such as Parent Club, to access information and advice regarding parent and child rights in relation to the school starting age, and whether it will have a role in providing any other support for parents to help them understand their legal rights to access automatic deferral funding for early learning and childcare for four-year-olds.


Parents and carers are encouraged to talk to their ELC setting about their child’s needs, and ELC practitioners will be able to discuss options for children who may benefit from an additional year of funded ELC. Local authorities are responsible for school enrolments in their area and this includes supporting parents and carers who cannot access online resources.