The Commission’s draft recommendations are based on its vision for the future of childcare in Scotland.They believe high quality childcare should meet children’s learning, development and care needs over the course of the child’s day, including where the child attends more than one type or location of registered childcare provision that day.
The Commission is considering childcare for both pre-school and school-age children.
The interim report is intentionally provisional but sets out draft recommendations and constructive proposals for change and invites wider discussion of this vital issue.In total, the interim report contains 18 draft recommendations, including some specific proposals on how the vision might be achieved in practice.
It reflects a belief in simple, fair and easy funding of childcare and proposes a single Child Account as a mechanism to deliver on this principle.The recommendations include a key 50 hours per week call, and also argue that childcare services need to be arranged and co-ordinated locally through a network of ‘local bodies’.
The Commission are very keen to gauge reaction to these proposals and look forward to testing them out through further consultation work, specifically a series of workshops to be held in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee (and virtually) in the coming months.
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