NDNA Scotland member experiences and research inform Scottish Parliament debate

MSPs from all major parties took part in a lively debate, called by the Conservative group, about the roll-out of the Scottish Government’s 1140 hours policy yesterday (31 October 2018).

NDNA Scotland 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.

The debate 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. 

View Scottish Parliament's video of the debate below:

Early findings of an NDNA Scotland research project examining the experiences of members involved in the early phasing in of 1140 hours reflect uncertainty and confusion around funding rates because of a lack of consistency within local authorities.

Many participants shared their fears about losing business and staff to local authority nurseries however, despite this there have been examples where there has been some really good engagement between local authorities and partner providers. Full results from this project will be available spring 2019.