Childcare expansion leaving childminders “left behind”
Written by centralfmnews on October 8, 2019
Efforts to double childcare hours in Scotland are seeing childminders being left behind.
That’s according to the Scottish Childminding Association, who say only 12% have been approved by local authorities.
The Scottish Government’s aiming to roll out their Early Learning and Childcare policy from next August.
Graeme McAlister is chief executive of the SCMA – he says parents should be able to access hours through childminders if they choose to:
“ELC is an ambitious and exciting policy which has the potential to help many thousands of families in Scotland. We are aware that a number of local authorities understand the value of childminding, many have made progress in approving childminders and staff around the country are working hard to ensure that this landmark policy happens.
“However, the evidence shows that nationally, the number of childminders who are currently involved in ELC delivery is both deeply worrying and unacceptably low. Urgent action is now required to adjust the balance of childcare providers in delivering funded hours to ensure that we do not lose sight of parental choice and what childcare may be best for the child. Our message to parents is simple. If your preference is to use your childminder for your funded hours entitlement and your childminder is eligible to provide this service, contact your local authority to request this. If it is not available, insist that it is”.