ensured that all relevant MSPs had a detailed briefing
about the issues and many members and networks contacted their MSPs directly to raise local concerns.
The importance of private and third sector day nurseries to delivering the policy was highlighted by MSPs across the board.
also covered the funding shortfall, concerns about capital spending, parental choice and recruitment – including paying the Scottish Living Wage.
Minister Maree Todd conceded that: “there are pockets of troublesome, difficult and challenging partnership relationships” but highlighted the role of the new ELC Partnership forum in addressing these and sharing best practice from other parts of the country.
NDNA Scotland will continue to work with members, the Scottish Government and local authorities to support fairer funding arrangements, real equality under the ‘provider neutral’ approach and implementing the ‘funding follows the child’ policy.
The final vote on the debate
was tied due to the make-up of the Scottish Parliament.