Scottish Government – Updated early learning and childcare statutory guidance

Today the Scottish Government published updated early learning and childcare (ELC) statutory guidance. Information on the updated guidance is set out in this letter to all ELC childcare providers.

The guidance applies from 1 August 2021 and replaces previous guidance.

Statutory guidance was originally published in 2014 and between December 2019 and March 2020, the Scottish Government ran a consultation on an updated version.

Most of the changes in the new guidance reflect previously announced legislative and policy developments since 2014. Following feedback from stakeholders, changes have also been made to make the guidance clearer and more streamlined.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact