Report: Early learning and childcare: follow-up audit

To be published spring 2020 by Auditor General, Accounts Commission

The Scottish Government and councils are working together to expand funded early learning and childcare (ELC) for three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds.  Entitlement for eligible children will almost double to 1,140 hours per year by August 2020 (equivalent of around 30 hours per week during school term time).

Audit Scotland is carrying out the second in a series of three audits to understand and assess progress with the expansion to funded ELC.  This audit will examine progress in planning for the expansion since our previous report.  This includes progress in planning to ensure there is sufficient workforce, infrastructure and private and third sector provider capacity in place to deliver the expansion.  We will also examine progress in planning for how the expansion will be evaluated.

We aim to publish the audit in early 2020.

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