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Early Learning and Childcare

Early learning and childcare key trends

Last update December 2017


2017 Uptake Figures for Funded ELC

In 2017 there was near universal uptake of funded ELC for 3 & 4 year olds (99%, the same as 2016) while 10% of 2 year olds were also registered for funded ELC compared to 9% in 2016.


There were 95,839 registrations across the 2,532 Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) centres in Scotland in 2017. While in 2016 there were 96,961 registrations across the 2,514 centres.


The number of FTE (Full Time Equivalent) General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) registered teachers working in ELC decreased to 921 in 2017 compared to 985 in 2016.

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