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We are providing a range of learning and care support for families with young children, from birth up until starting school, to ensure that all children get the best possible start in life.


We are supporting families by:

Consultation Events

On 29 March 2018, the Scottish Government and COSLA published a joint consultation Early Learning and Childcare Service Model for 2020: Consultation Paper, which sets out the Funding Follows the Child approach and seeks views on the proposed National Standard that underpins it.

The introduction of this new approach represents a substantial change for the early learning and childcare sector in Scotland. We want to ensure that everyone in the sector, can provide their views on the new model. We want to hear these views and that is why we are consulting on the proposed National Standard.

As part of the consultation process, we will be running a series of engagement events across Scotland to hear directly from you on the approach set out in the consultation paper. If you would like to attend any of the events, please follow the below links to book your place:


Our policies to support the education and care of young children are part of Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) - our national approach to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of children and young people.


Email: Central Enquiries Unit

Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Creating Positive Futures Division
Children and Families Directorate
Scottish Government
Area 2C - North
Victoria Quay