A childcare system for all – principles to drive the next stages of Scotland’s childcare offer

Last updated: 22/06/2023

A joint position paper created by OPFS and Close the Gap which sets out principles for a childcare system that works for women, children and families, including those on low incomes.

The availability of accessible, affordable, and flexible childcare is critical to the realisation of women’s equality, and to improving children’s outcome in Scotland. This position paper, produced in partnership with Close the Gap, presents a set of principles which should drive the next stages in the development of Scotland’s childcare offer. These principles describe a system of childcare that promotes women’s socio-economic and labour market equality, advances children’s rights, and addresses child poverty.

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