Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland is undergoing a transformation. The Scottish Government’s expansion of funded childcare has been welcomed by many, particularly parents, but it has also presented challenges for many non-public sector service providers.
These challenges, together with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, have forced many providers to adapt their business models, and many have embraced the real Living Wage, not only to meet funding requirements, but also to ensure that all their staff earn at least a rate of pay based on the cost of living, helping to raise the living standards and the public perception of these key workers.
Living Wage accreditation is not only a celebration of that business decision, but also signals support for the wider Living Wage movement’s aim to tackle in-work poverty.
This online event will present a summary of the real Living Wage, the Living Wage movement in Scotland, and the benefits of accreditation. Guest speakers will also present their experience and insights into the need for the real Living Wage in ELC.
Suitable for all private and third-sector ELC employers in Scotland, including those that are considering implementing the real Living Wage; interested in adding their voice to the Living Wage movement in Scotland by accrediting as a Living Wage employer; and, those that have already achieved accreditation and wish to understand, share or maximise the benefits.
10:00 Welcome & Introduction: Living Wage Scotland
10:10 Speaker: Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People
10:20 Speaker: Matthew Martin, Little Beehive Nursery Group
10:25 Speaker: Alison Harkin, ACE Place Childcare Services
10:30 Speaker: Davie Sandison, Hame Fae Hame