Scottish Government appointments announced
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP has announced her new government.
Shirley-Anne Somerville, MSP for Dunfermline since 2016, has been appointed as the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. Within the education team, Clare Haughey, MSP for Rutherglen since 2016, has been appointed as the Minister for Children and Young People.
Ms Haughey has taken over the post from Maree Todd MSP who has moved to the role of Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA Scotland, said: “We would like to welcome the new Cabinet Secretary for Education and Minister for Children, Shirley-Anne Somerville and Clare Haughey, to their new roles. I have written to them both offering our congratulations.
“As we move to the full roll-out of the Scottish Government’s 1140 hours of funded ELC, NDNA members and all funded partner providers will be a vital element of delivering these places and providing parental choice. However, we are clear that childcare places must be funded at rates that are sustainable for providers so they can offer children high quality early learning opportunities and deliver the childcare places families need.
“This is a vital time for children and their education as we look towards recovery plans from the impact of Covid-19. Childcare and early years settings have worked as the fourth emergency service throughout the pandemic to support children and families but we know lockdowns have reduced their interactions with wider family and friends their own age.
“It’s been a tough time for children, families and early years settings across Scotland. We will continue to press for the practical and financial support providers need to be able to deliver the high quality care and early learning opportunities that children need.”
NDNA Scotland has written to both ministers to congratulate them and highlight the importance of the sector and the challenges providers have faced.
Find out more about NDNA’s work in the run up to the elections here.