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Education (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 29: Provision of early learning and childcare: children with guardians

173.This section amends section 47(3) of the 2014 Act.

174.Subsection (2) amends section 47(3) to ensure that all children aged 2 and over who have, or have had, a guardian appointed under section 7 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 (“the 1995 Act”) are entitled to the mandatory amount of early learning and childcare provided for under Part 6 of the 2014 Act. The provision captures the small group of children who were excluded from the mandatory amount of early learning and childcare; those children described in section 71(3)(f) of the 2014 Act, who had a guardian appointed under section 7 of the 1995 Act, but who were not at risk of becoming looked after. The amendment puts these children on a par with others who are looked after, the subject of a kinship care order or who have a court-appointed guardian under section 11 of the 1995 Act.

175.Subsection (3) makes a consequential amendment to section 49(1)(a) of the 2014 Act, which refers to section 47(3)(a) of the 2014 Act. This subsection substitutes the reference to section 47(3)(a) with a reference to section 47(3)(a)(i).

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