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Summary statistics for schools in Scotland no. 8: 2017 edition

Published: 12 Dec 2017
Part of:
Children and families, Education, Statistics
ISBN:
9781788514989

Results of the annual pupil census, annual teacher census, and data on early learning and childcare, school estates, attendance, absence and exclusions.

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Contents
Summary statistics for schools in Scotland no. 8: 2017 edition
Chapter 5: Early Learning and Childcare

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Chapter 5: Early Learning and Childcare

  • 99% of 3 & 4 year olds are registered for LA funded ELC (99% in 2016)
  • 10% of 2 year olds are registered for LA funded ELC (9% in 2016)

Table 5.1 shows that there were 95,893 registrations for ELC local authority funded places in September 2017 (96,961 in 2016). This suggests around 99% of eligible 3 and 4 year olds were registered (99% in 2016). Children registered to receive local authority funded ELC at more than one centre may be counted more than once, and so this will overestimate true uptake. Three year olds accessing a funded place prior to the term after their third birthday will also overestimate this figure.

Table 5.1: Funded registrations (1) for early learning and childcare at local authority and partnership centres, September 2017

  Under 2 2 year olds 3 + 4 year olds(2) Deferred Entry(4) Total
Number % of population Number % of those eligible(3)
Aberdeen City 0 140 6 3,152 86 170 3,462
Aberdeenshire 3 129 4 4,295 91 281 4,708
Angus 0 122 11 1,683 94 175 1,980
Argyll & Bute 0 50 7 1,271 112 77 1,398
Clackmannanshire 0 95 17 842 105 24 961
Dumfries & Galloway 0 113 8 2,100 104 164 2,377
Dundee City 1 256 16 2,307 97 170 2,734
East Ayrshire 83 199 15 1,960 102 63 2,305
East Dunbartonshire 0 64 6 1,773 106 97 1,934
East Lothian 14 84 8 1,662 96 125 1,885
East Renfrewshire 23 58 6 1,717 104 73 1,871
Edinburgh City 178 426 8 7,820 97 471 8,895
Na h-Eileanan Siar 8 26 11 388 102 28 450
Falkirk 0 131 8 2,546 99 118 2,795
Fife 0 586 15 6,042 101 238 6,866
Glasgow City 67 533 8 9,045 90 440 10,085
Highland 1 122 5 3,602 104 327 4,052
Inverclyde 18 110 14 1,093 93 39 1,260
Midlothian 1 120 12 1,810 108 109 2,040
Moray 0 64 7 1,505 104 119 1,688
North Ayrshire 45 223 17 2,103 104 54 2,425
North Lanarkshire 29 406 11 5,600 99 163 6,198
Orkney Islands 0 20 11 316 113 69 405
Perth & Kinross 0 113 8 2,182 104 256 2,551
Renfrewshire 93 326 18 2,895 105 206 3,520
Scottish Borders 2 67 6 1,766 98 91 1,926
Shetland Islands 0 10 4 405 107 51 466
South Ayrshire 33 156 15 1,659 106 96 1,944
South Lanarkshire 59 280 8 5,210 104 270 5,819
Stirling 17 56 7 1,451 110 84 1,608
West Dunbartonshire 73 175 18 1,504 103 68 1,820
West Lothian 0 103 5 3,168 100 194 3,465
Scotland(5) 748 5,363 10 84,872 99 4,910 95,893

(1) This is a snapshot of registrations at census week (18-22 September 2017). It does not include children who were registered between census week and the end of December.

(2) Refers to academic year - 3 and 4 year olds were previously referred to as 'ante pre-school' and 'pre-school' respectively.

(3) Eligible children are estimated from National Records of Scotland population projections. For 3 year olds, eligibility is assumed as at the term after the child's 3rd birthday. Uptake rates may exceed 100% due to: children registered in more than one setting; children attending a setting in a different local authority to where they live; three year olds accessing a funded place prior to the term after their third birthday; and the inherent uncertainty of the population projections used to estimate uptake, particularly in small areas.

(4) Refers to children who are eligible to attend primary school but have deferred entry and remain in ELC.

Ten per cent of 2 year olds are registered for ELC, compared with 9 per cent in 2016. Around a quarter of 2 year olds are now eligible for funded ELC through the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and through subsequent secondary legislation which commenced in August 2015.

Table 5.2, shows that there were 921 FTE teachers working in ELC at the time of the census, compared to 985 in 2016.

The ELC graduate workforce has changed in recent years. Alongside the Professional Development Award, the introduction of the BA Childhood Practice in 2009 has increased the number of non-teacher graduates who have specialist early years expertise and knowledge. As a result, teachers now only form part of the ELC graduate workforce. Data on the FTE and job type of graduate staff working in ELC with degree level qualifications (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework ( SCQF) level 9 or above) relevant to early years, other than teachers, was collected and published here for the first time this year. See the background notes at the end of this publication for more information about the qualifications that are included in the definition of a graduate.

Data on ELC staff that do not hold degrees (at SCQF level 9 or above) relevant to early years, but who were working towards the benchmark degree level ( SCQF level 9 or above) qualifications required for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council ( SSSC) as a manager/lead practitioner, were also collected for the first time. See the background notes for a list of the SSSC benchmark degree level qualifications required for registration as a manager/lead practitioner.

Table 5.2 shows that, in addition to teachers, there were 2,316 FTE graduates working in ELC with degree level qualifications ( SCQF level 9 or above) relevant to early years; and the FTE of ELC staff working towards the SSSC benchmark degree level qualifications required for registration as a manager / lead practitioner was 994.

The FTEs of graduates are broken down further into categories by qualification held, (including the FTE of graduates that have the SSSC benchmark qualifications required for registration as a manager lead/practitioner), in Table 13 in the additional early learning and childcare tables published alongside this publication.

Table 5.2: FTE of teachers, graduate staff, and staff working towards graduate qualifications at centres providing funded early learning and childcare, by local authority

  Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
Teachers (1) Graduates (2) Working towards graduate qualifications (3) Total
Aberdeen City 49 74 62 185
Aberdeenshire 13 37 47 98
Angus 7 43 25 74
Argyll & Bute 10 23 7 40
Clackmannanshire 12 18 10 40
Dumfries & Galloway 19 41 7 66
Dundee City 44 44 36 124
East Ayrshire 12 56 37 105
East Dunbartonshire 29 38 27 94
East Lothian 38 41 24 103
East Renfrewshire 33 52 24 109
Edinburgh City 134 223 104 461
Na h-Eileanan Siar 2 10 6 18
Falkirk 24 306 6 337
Fife 58 43 49 150
Glasgow City 64 319 133 515
Highland 32 15 29 75
Inverclyde 5 42 8 55
Midlothian 20 48 19 87
Moray 7 48 11 66
North Ayrshire 14 100 38 152
North Lanarkshire 46 146 50 241
Orkney Islands 4 4 5 13
Perth & Kinross 42 43 39 124
Renfrewshire 21 101 23 145
Scottish Borders 20 30 18 68
Shetland Islands 7 8 5 20
South Ayrshire 39 48 8 95
South Lanarkshire 65 140 62 267
Stirling 12 49 29 90
West Dunbartonshire 10 59 21 90
West Lothian 31 68 25 123
Scotland 921 2,316 994 4,230

(1) General Teaching Council for Scotland registered teachers. Includes teachers in ELC centres, centrally employed teachers, and home visiting teachers.

(2) Includes staff that hold either: (i) a degree level benchmark qualification required by the SSSC for registration as a manager/lead practitioner (see background notes for list of benchmark qualifications); (ii) a degree level ( SCQF level 9 or above) qualification relevant to early years and are working towards a degree level ( SCQF level 9 or above) benchmark qualification required by the SSSC for registration as a manager/lead practitioner; or (iii) a degree level ( SCQF level 9 or above) qualification sufficient to meet the registration standards of another regulatory body ( e.g. Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Medical Council).

(3) Staff that do not hold degrees ( SCQF level 9 or above) relevant to early years, but are working towards a SSSC benchmark degree level ( SCQF level 9 or above) qualification required for registration as a manager/lead practitioner.

Table 5.3 shows the characteristics of teachers in ELC. The vast majority of teachers (94%) are female, and the average age of teachers is 45. Two-thirds of ELC teachers work part-time in ELC.

Table 5.3: ELC Teacher characteristics percentages (1), 2017

Gender Age Mode of working (2)
Female Male Unknown Under 25 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 or over Unknown Average Age Full-time Percentage female Part-time Percentage female
94 6 0 1 18 28 33 20 0 45 35 95 65 94

(1) Figures are based on headcount

(2) Mode of working refers to work within the ELC sector only. Some teachers that work part-time in ELC may be full-time teachers that also teach in a school.

Chart 2 shows the age profile of General Teaching Council for Scotland ( GTCS) registered ELC teachers, as at September 2017. The number of teachers generally increases with age up to mid-thirties, before decreasing sharply at age 60.

Chart 2: Age profile of GTCS registered early learning and childcare teachers

Chart 2: Age profile of GTCS registered early learning and childcare teachers


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