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Summary

  1. The Social Security Committee takes evidence from the social security minister
  2. Local authorities, housing developments and hate crime are amongst issues raised during general questions
  3. Tories accuse First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of double standards over its stance on shale gas
  4. SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth leads this afternoon's members debate on mental health education
  5. The government lead a debate entitled 'The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare Provision'

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Colin Bell

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live

    That's all from Holyrood Live
    Image caption: That's all from Holyrood Live

    That's all from Holyrood Live on the 29 September 2016.

    We'll be back on Tuesday.

    Have a good evening and a lovely weekend.

  2. The Scottish government motion from the childcare debate, as amended, is agreed to

    The Scottish government motion as amended is agreed to with 92 MSPs backing it and 30 against.

    SNP motion
    Lib Dem amendment
  3. The Scottish Lib Dem amendment is agreed to

    The Lib Dem amendment is agreed to with 92 MSPs backing it and 30 against.

    Lib Dem amendment
  4. The Scottish Labour amendment is not agreed to

    The Scottish Labour amendment is rejected, with 32 MSPs for it and 90 against.

    Labour amendment
  5. The Scottish Conservative amendment is rejected

    The Scottish Conservative amendment is not agreed to with 30 MSPs for and 92 against.

    Tory amendment
  6. Minister says it should not be beyond the wit for councils to provide flexibilit

    Mark McDonald

    Mr McDonald says if there is any evidence of local authorities not meeting the childcare entitlement, let him know.

    The minister concludes says it should not be beyond the wit for councils to provide flexibility.

  7. Minister says childminders have a pivotal role in achieving the government's ambitions

    Tory MSP Liz Smith intervenes and asks if the child account is on the table.

    Children at nursery

    The minister says the consultation is looking at a number of different funding models.

    Mr McDonald says childminders have a pivotal role in achieving the government's ambitions.

  8. Government to support Lib Dem amendment

    Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald says the government will not accept the Conservative amendment.

    Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald

    Mr McDonald says he feels an alarming sense of deja vu about the Labour amendment and he does not support universal breakfast clubs.

    However he will accept the Lib Dem amendment which stressed the importance of having a robust long-term delivery plan in place.

  9. Scottish government not making it easy for councils says Tory MSP

    The Conservative MSP says the Scottish government is not making it easy for local authorities to meet the childcare expansion, with cuts to colleges and a lack of recruitment.

    Mr Thomson says Scotland's young people need support not political tokenism.

    Children in nursery

    He says it is just plain daft that you are entitled to less childcare if born at the end of February than if you are born in the beginning of March.

    The Tory MSP says a higher proportion of disadvantaged two year olds should be included in the free childcare provision and include disadvantaged one year olds.

  10. Tory MSP says the provision of childcare places remains a significant problem

    Tory MSP Ross Thomson says the provision of childcare places remains a significant problem.

    Tory MSP Ross Thomson

    Mr Thomson says there will be real challenges in expanding childcare provision.

    He says local authorities will struggle to do so. 

  11. Calls for access to all year round, wrap around childcare

    Mr Gray says the blueprint is an opportunity to begin to plan beyond the provision of childcare for three and four year olds and some two year olds.

    The Labour MSP says the need for childcare does not end at age five years old.

    Children at nursery

    He says there needs to be access to all year round, wrap around childcare, not necessarily for free.

    Mr Gray says the needs of parents cannot be curtailed to suit the Scottish government's plans.

    He calls again for a breakfast club for every school.

  12. Labour MSP says early years and childcare are crucially important

    Labour MSP Iain Gray agrees with Mr Scott that this has been a consensual debate.

    Mr Gray says his party agrees that early years and childcare are crucially important.

    Labour MSP Iain Gray

    The Labour MSP highlights the attainment gap and says it makes sense to try and address it in the early years.

    He says there is also agreement on the problems like availability and accessing childcare.

    Mr Gray says half a day of childcare is all too often unsuitable.

  13. Is wrap around care when you get a hug?

    Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott says today's debate has been consensual.

    Mr Scott says MSPs agree about the difficulty of the childcare work balance and the cost of childcare.

    Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott

    The Lib Dem MSP says his seven year old asked if wrap around care is when he gets a hug.

    He says the importance of men in primary school teaching and in childcare has been correctly stressed by Green MSP Alison Johnstone.

  14. 'Local authorities must look critically at childcare'

    SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth says she was disappointed to note that 80% of childcare practitioners were paid less than the living wage.

    Ms Gilruth says the government is committed in closing the attainment gap and realise the importance of children learning at the ages of one-three. 

    SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth

    The SNP MSP says local authorities need to look critically at the way they provide childcare to ensure it meets the needs of those who use it.

    She says women are often denied promotion opportunities because part-time hours suit their childcare needs. 

  15. Child care and early years concerns

    In March claims emerged that private nurseries in Scotland were not receiving enough cash to meet the cost of free places for three and four-year-olds.

    The National Day Nurseries Association said many of the nurseries may not help to provide the additional nursery care the Scottish government is planning.

    Child

    About 86% of private nurseries in Scotland delivered free places for three and four-year-olds in March.

    Many toddlers, including all three and four-year-olds are entitled to 600 hours a year of free nursery provision.

    The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has claimed that private nurseries typically get about £40,000 a year less than the true cost from councils.

  16. More men required in pre-school profession

    Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone

    Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone says pre-school is a gender segregated role and asks if the minister has any plans to attract more men into the profession.

  17. SNP MSP says free child care can lead to economic success

    SNP MSP Gillian Martin
    Image caption: SNP MSP Gillian Martin

    SNP MSP Gillian Martin wonders how many childcare hours could be purchased with the money earmarked for the renewal of Trident.

    Ms Martin says the dilemma of balancing work and childcare expense is one she experienced in the past.

    She says free child care can lead to economic success and increased productivity, as in Norway.

  18. Labour MSP calls for affordable, high quality and accessible childcare

    Labour MSP Monica Lennon

    Labour MSP Monica Lennon says managing childcare costs can be a difficult and stressful task.

    Ms Lennon welcomes the government's childcare expansion, but stresses it must be affordable, high quality and accessible.