Audit Scotland is asking parents and carers to share their views about funded early learning and child care (ELCC).
Audit Scotland looks at public spending and policy across the public sector and is considering an audit of funded ELCC. They would like to hear from parents and carers of children aged from two to four years old.
They are particularly interested in exploring how public money is spent on ELCC and what impact the recent changes to the system has had on children, their parents and carers. These changes include:
- an increase in the number of funded hours available for three and four-year-olds from 475 to 600 hours a year
- provision of funded places for some two-year-olds
- an increase in the flexibility of the services, such as offering places with different hours or in different settings, dependent on local need.
They also want parents and carers to let them know if there are other aspects of ELCC Audit Scotland should look at.
Auditor Rebecca Smallwood explained:
â€˜Early learning and child care provision has recently been changed and faces further reform in the future. So this feels like the right time for Audit Scotland to take a closer look at how the system is working, and what outcomes are being delivered for the people who access this support.
â€˜We want to make sure weâ€™re on the right track when we start planning our audit work. Weâ€™re particularly interested in exploring how public money is spent on early learning and child care and how the recent changes have impacted on children, their parents and carers.â€™
The survey will close at the end of August 2016.