Early Learning and Childcare Consultation

In November 2016, residents of Perth and Kinross were invited to take part in a consultation about Early Learning and Childcare (ELC). The survey aimed to gain insight around the following areas:

  • the future delivery of Early Learning and Childcare (formerly known as pre-school education)

  • experience of arranging and using childcare services

  • anticipated needs around childcare in the future

The consultation was widely promoted across the Perth & Kinross area. 750 posters and 12,500 fliers were distributed through local schools and childcare services as well as Council buildings, libraries, post offices, leisure centres, community buildings and local shops.  Information was also communicated to families through local press, the council website, a variety of social media channels and by professionals working with families, including Health Visitors.

Paper copies of the icon ELC Consultation Form [396Kb] were made available through Local Authority Nursery Classes, Kids Clubs, Wraparound Care Services and Playstart Crèches. Schools and childcare services were also asked to e-mail the link to the online survey to families using their services.

The survey received 774 completed responses from across the whole Perth & Kinross area.  Responses captured the views of parents and carers to 1,435 children and young people up to S2 and included responses from families with children attending 57 of the 67 primary schools in Perth & Kinross, the four all through schools and the six secondary schools as well as three of the independent schools.  

We would like to thank all the families who took the time to participate in the consultation.

An Executive Summary icon ELC Consultation Report May 2017 Executive Summary [198Kb] and a detailed report icon ELC Consultation Report May 2017 [464Kb] have now been prepared. The consultation results will help shape how Early Learning and Childcare is delivered across Perth and Kinross in the future and how the flexibility of ELC provision is increased. Results for specific geographic areas will also be used to inform the development of local childcare services including childminding.

If you would like more information on any aspect of Childcare or funded Early Learning and Childcare provision in Perth & Kinross then you should contact the Childcare and Family Information Service Email childcare@pkc.gov.uk  Tel 0345 601 4477.  Details of individual childcare services are available on the national website www.families.scot.


Childcare Strategy Team

Perth Grammar School Community Wing, Perth, PH1 5AZ
Tel 01738 472350