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Chamber and committees

Future of Childcare

  • Submitted by: Meghan Gallacher, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
  • Date lodged: Friday, 06 January 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-07412
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, 25 January 2023

That the Parliament notes what it considers the serious concerns reportedly raised by stakeholders in the Central Scotland region and throughout the country regarding the roll-out of the 1,140 hours of funded early learning and childcare programme; understands that the issues raised by nursery owners in the private, voluntary and independent sector relate to the fairness of the 1,140 hours roll-out and their ability to run a successful business while providing first-class childcare; notes the reported comments by the National Day Nurseries Association that what it considers the emerging “crisis” in the early learning and childcare sector is attributed to the growth of the local authority sector and the COVID-19 pandemic; believes that the Scottish Government has failed to address embedded issues such as staffing, childminders leaving the profession and private nursery pay, which have led to this reported crisis; considers that the Scottish Government has a responsibility to ensure that this programme is a success, and notes the calls on the Scottish Government to address these issues as a matter of urgency to secure the future of the 1,140 hours programme, in order to give children the best possible start in life.

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Craig Hoy, Stephen Kerr, Douglas Lumsden, Roz McCall, Edward Mountain, Willie Rennie, Douglas Ross, Alexander Stewart, Annie Wells, Tess White, Martin Whitfield, Brian Whittle