The SSSC welcomes the Scottish Government’s announcement of £1.5million funding for the expansion of the early years workforce.
The investment will fund an extra 270 BA Childhood Practice and 126 teacher training places from August 2017.
SSSC Chief Executive Anna Fowlie said:
‘I am delighted at this announcement and that the funding will be invested in the areas that need it most.
‘We know that qualified childcare staff make a real difference to children’s lives, including future attainment levels, and welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment for all children have equal access to skilled, caring professionals who will help them to achieve their potential.
‘Research shows that the Childhood Practice degree developed and introduced by the SSSC has had a real and positive impact on the quality of early learning and childcare since we introduced it in 2009.
‘All nursery managers have to have the degree level qualification and indeed all early years practitioners must be qualified as part of their professional registration with the SSSC. Importantly, these qualifications are available to people already working in childcare to build on and recognise their existing skills and qualifications, as well as developing them further. I am pleased that the First Minister is committed to more children having access to more skilled and dedicated staff.
‘We will continue to work closely with early years workers, their employers, Scottish Government and our partners to help make Scotland the best place to grow up.’