Early learning and childcare
Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland, said:
"The Scottish Government and councils have worked well together to increase early learning and childcare hours, and we've also seen improvements in how the project will be evaluated. But the timeline remains tight and there are big risks around infrastructure and workforce."
Graham Sharp, Chair of the Accounts Commission said:
"Given the amount of work due to be completed over summer 2020, it's important that councils continue to work closely with the Scottish Government to manage the risks of any delays, including how best to keep parents informed."
Early learning and childcare: Follow-up
The meeting scheduled for 19 March 2020 was postponed. The Committee will take evidence at a future meeting.
Oral evidence session 18 June 2020
The Committee took evidence in a virtual meeting from the Auditor General for Scotland and Audit Scotland.
Please read the Official Report here
Meeting papers for 18 June 2020
Minutes from 18 June 2020
Oral evidence session 10 September 2020
The Committee tookevidence from Paul Johnston, Director-General for Education, Communities and Justice and Alison Cumming, Interim Director of Early Learning and Childcare, Scottish Government; and
Eddie Follan, Chief Officer Children and Young People; Sarah Watters, Chief Officer Local Government Finance and Matthew Sweeney, Policy Manager Children and Young People COSLA;
Followed by the Auditor General for Scotland and Audit Scotland.
Please read the Official Report 10 September 2020
Meeting papers for 10 September 2020.
Minutes from 10 September 2020.
Meeting correspondence and follow-up
Letter from Acting Convener to the Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government, 16 September 2020 (34KB pdf)
Letter from Paul Johnston, Director-General for Education, Communities and Justice, Scottish Government to Acting Convener, 8 October 2020 (456KB pdf)
Letter from Elinor Mitchell, Director-General for Health and Social Care, Scottish Government to Acting Convener, 13 October 2020 (145KB pdf)
The Committee agreed at its meeting on 29 October 2020 to write the the Education and Skills Committee and then close its scrutiny of the report.
Letter to Convener of Education and Skills Committee from Acting Convener, 18 November 2020 (103KB pdf)