Tag Archives: childcare

“Significant risks” to delivering early learning and childcare plan, UNISON comment

UNISON comment on embargoed news release (Thursday) on a joint report by the Auditor General for Scotland and the Accounts Commission into the expansion of early learning and childcare provision in Scotland: “Significant risks” to delivering early learning and childcare plan by 2020. Commenting on the report, Carol Ball convener of UNISON’s education issues group […]

Early Learning and Childcare research report

UNISON Scotland commissioned an independent assessment of the contribution made by Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) staff to childcare and education services in Scotland. The research constructively informs the work of UNISON Scotland in promoting the role, contribution and interests of Early Years Workers (ELWs) in the context of any upcoming expandion of early years […]

Investment in early years workers is vital in reducing the attainment gap of Scotland’s children

This is the message UNISON will take to the Scottish Parliament today (Tuesday) as it presents its new research report into early learning and childcare. Key findings from the UNISON-commissioned report, conducted by Strathclyde University, include: **More than three quarters of early years workers (EYWs) agreed that EYWs and teachers in early learning and childcare […]

Response: Early years petition PE01630

Our response to:  Public Petition PE01630: Eligibility for part-time funded nursery place following a child’s third birthday.    

The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare

UNISON welcomes the Scottish government’s proposals to expand early learning and childcare. It is an important step in both tackling poverty and the attainment gap that harms children who live in poverty and our society as a whole. We need to make sure that we learn the lessons of the adult care sector where we […]

Futures number 17 autumn/winter 2016

 Latest edition of Futures covering the Scottish government’s plans for the upcoming year, the possibilities of a new Scottish approach to taxation, the consultaitons on expanding childcare, education governance and the new Child Poverty Bill.  The Scottish government is holding consultation events across the country on planned changes to schoos and childcare governance. Details of events […]

Policy Briefing 81 Education and Early Years Consultations

The Scottish Government has now published 2 consultations on its plans for education and childcare. The first Empowering teachers, parents and communities excellence and equity in education is seeking views on their plans to change how schools and nurseries are organised/governed and A blue print for 2020: the expansion of early learning and childcare in […]

Futures:for people who care about public services Summer 2016

 Issue 16 contains our latest research paper detailing why Scotland needs “an urgent exit form austerity”, update on the Scottish Government’s new powers and their plans for childcare and council tax reform

Questions for election candidates: Early years

There is a welcome consensus on expanding early years provision. However, there is less clarity on providing the resources, together with fairly paid and well trained staff to deliver a quality service. International studies show that public services deliver the best quality. Question: Do you agree that childcare should be delivered free at point of […]

Time for childcare promises to be backed by resources

UNISON is calling for fine words and promises to increase childcare to be backed by extra resources for children, parents and the workforce, in its Early Learning and Childcare Manifesto 2016. Currently Scotland’s childcare provision is patchy, complex and expensive. We need a radical overhaul of childcare provision to ensure that it provides what families […]