Early Years Scotland (EYS) has today released a statement on behalf of its funded provider members concerning the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) expansion plans.
Having listened to funded provider members' views, concerns and suggestions about the plans to increase ELC provison to 1,140 hours in 2020, EYS has agreed that the statement summarises what members feel about the conditions necessary for them to continue to deliver high quality ELC.
EYS Funded Provider Members' Statement about the Expansion:
“We all agree that Scotland’s youngest children must receive the highest quality Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) which is delivered by a high quality professional workforce.
In order to achieve this, and succeed in truly realising Provider Neutral
status across the sector, an equal rate per child per hour
requires to be allocated to every setting
, irrespective of whether the provider is a local authority, independent or voluntary setting.
This would set a future aspiration for the full workforce to work towards achieving an ELC National Pay Scale
, which would ultimately lead to equity, and the best start for all of Scotland’s children.”
You can read EYS's response to the Scottish Government's consultation paper on the expansion plans here.
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