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REPORT - SEMINAR ONE

The first seminar in this series took place on the afternoon of Monday 7 December 2015 at UEL's Docklands Campus. The topic was:

THE 2014/15 COMMISSION FOR CHILDCARE REFORM SCOTLAND – ITS VISION AND PROPOSALS

Last June the Commission for Childcare Reform Scotland published its ambitious and challenging report MEETING SCOTLAND’S CHILDCARE CHALLENGE. Established by Children in Scotland, with the support of the Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI), the Commission engaged with a wide variety of stakeholders in the process of understanding different perspectives on the provision and funding of accessible, affordable and high quality early childhood services for all Scottish children. A key part of its long-term vision is the proposal that every child up to the age of 12 (and in some cases beyond 12) should be entitled to up to 50 hours of high quality childcare and education per week throughout the year.
 
Maggie Tierney, Secretary to Scotland's Commission for Childcare Reform, presented the report’s vision and proposals to an ICMEC audience. The Power Point slides that were used to illustrate her wide-ranging, informative and though-provoking presentation can be found by following this link: Maggie Tierney Scotland Childcare Commission ICMEC presentation 7 December 2015
 
Maggie Tierney was seconded from Scottish Government to act as Secretary to the Independent Commission for Childcare Reform.She currently remains on secondment from Scottish Government to the charity, Children in Scotland, from her previous role as Deputy Director (Performance and Strategy) at the Scottish Government's Learning Directorate. 

She gave an exceptionally honest and transparent account of the challenges facing those who wish to make substantive change to the Scottish childcare system and the ambitious recommendations that the Commission came up with after extensive discussion and consultation with a wide range of stakeholders on Scotland and beyond. ICMEC director Professor Eva Lloyd was one of those who provided several an inputs into the Commission's discussions.

Following Maggie Tierney's presentation, Dr Gillian Paull, Associate at Frontier Economics and advisor to the 2014/15 House of Lords Affordable Childcare Inquiry commented briefly on the report’s proposals and introduced the discussion with the audience. This discussion involved all delegates and was lively and in-depth. Audience members posed particularly searching questions regarding the proposals for the potential basics for a child account scheme where childcare subsidies would be pooled.
 
(posted 18 December 2015).