Results 1–20 of 648 for speaker:Clare Haughey

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (Argyll and Bute) (17 Nov 2022)

Clare Haughey: The most recently published figures showing numbers of children receiving funded early learning and childcare at the local authority level are included in the Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland report for 2021. That was published in December 2021 and showed that, in September 2021, there were 1,303 registrations for funded ELC in Argyll and Bute, a rise of 4.6 per cent from the...

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (Argyll and Bute) (17 Nov 2022)

Clare Haughey: Outdoor play and learning is already an integral everyday part of ELC in Scotland and we know the benefits of high-quality outdoor play for children’s positive physical and mental development. It is our vision that children in Scotland’s ELC sector will spend as much time outdoors as they do indoors, and time outdoors will happen every day in every setting. As outlined in the “Best...

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (Argyll and Bute) (17 Nov 2022)

Clare Haughey: Provider neutrality is absolutely central to our approach to delivering ELC, which means that parents and carers can choose to access their child’s ELC entitlement in any provider that meets our key quality criteria, whether that is a childminder, a private or third sector setting, or a local authority nursery. I would certainly be happy, if Sue Webber wants to write to me with the specific...

Scottish Parliament: Childminders (Reduction in Numbers) (10 Nov 2022)

Clare Haughey: The Scottish Government recognises that childminders are an important element of the Scottish childcare sector, offering families a high-quality, unique and flexible experience of childcare. That is why we are supporting an innovative childminder recruitment pilot, which the Scottish Childminding Association and its partners are leading and which aims to recruit and train more than 100 new...

Scottish Parliament: Childminders (Reduction in Numbers) (10 Nov 2022)

Clare Haughey: We want families to be able to access the flexible, supportive and high-quality childcare that childminders can provide, including as part of the funded early learning and childcare entitlement. It was encouraging that the Scottish Childminding Association’s 2020-21 audit showed an annual increase in the number of childminders delivering funded ELC. We are working with the national...

Scottish Parliament: Childminders (Reduction in Numbers) (10 Nov 2022)

Clare Haughey: I apologise to the member if I have misunderstood his question. We support ELC providers and childminding businesses across the piece through our national forums. We ensure that their representative bodies are included on the forums, which look at the training and development needed to ensure that there is a highly skilled workforce across the sector that we can recruit and retain. If I have...

Scottish Parliament: Childminders (Reduction in Numbers) (10 Nov 2022)

Clare Haughey: I am very aware of the support that we are providing to remote and rural communities with regard to access to childcare. We will continue to work with partners and local authorities to understand the needs of our remote, rural and island communities. Those needs will be taken into account as we develop our strategic framework for Scotland’s childcare profession, in which we will explore...

Scottish Parliament: Childminders (Reduction in Numbers) (10 Nov 2022)

Clare Haughey: —interested to know that I will be visiting the ELC and childminding sectors in remote and rural communities before Christmas and engaging and hearing from ELC professionals directly.

Scottish Parliament: Child Protection Policies (22 Sep 2022)

Clare Haughey: All children in Scotland should grow up feeling safe, loved and respected. The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that robust child protection measures are in place across Scotland. Last year, we published updated national guidance for child protection. The Scottish Government engages regularly with local authorities on the implementation of consistent good practice on that critical...

Scottish Parliament: Child Protection Policies (22 Sep 2022)

Clare Haughey: Liz Smith raises an important point. Child protection and child safeguarding are everyone’s business, whether they are in education or health. I will certainly have my officials look into that and will come back to her in writing.

Scottish Parliament: Child Protection Policies (22 Sep 2022)

Clare Haughey: Local authority schools, grant-aided special schools and independent schools were instructed to review and update their procedures in line with the 2021 national guidance. The national child protection guidance implementation group was established to support that implementation. A monitoring and evaluation sub-group is developing an approach to monitoring the extent and quality of guidance...

Scottish Parliament: Residential Outdoor Education Centres (8 Sep 2022)

Clare Haughey: The Scottish Government values the benefits of outdoor learning for children and young people, which includes the specific role of outdoor education centres. We have supported outdoor education centres with £4 million of Covid emergency funding to prevent closures during the Covid pandemic, and we have provided guidance to encourage and support visits by schools. Ministers, Government...

Scottish Parliament: Residential Outdoor Education Centres (8 Sep 2022)

Clare Haughey: I can provide Liz Smith with the latest data that sector representatives have shared with our officials. The data indicates that there is a capacity of 4,400 operational beds in around 50 centres across Scotland. However, that does not cover the full capacity of the sector, and the bed capacity figure does not take into account seasonal availability. We will continue to engage with the sector...

Scottish Parliament: Baby Box Programme (23 Jun 2022)

Clare Haughey: The latest data available on take-up in 2020 shows that 98 per cent of expectant parents took up the opportunity of receiving a baby box. As of Friday 10 June 2022, we had distributed 220,788 baby boxes to families across Scotland. The independent evaluation of Scotland’s baby box programme, which was published in August 2021, highlighted the positive impact of the scheme on families,...

Scottish Parliament: Baby Box Programme (23 Jun 2022)

Clare Haughey: I agree with the member. It is fantastic that Ireland has decided to pilot its own version of the baby box, which has been informed by our approach in Scotland, and I wish the project every success. Scotland’s baby box strongly signals our determination that every child, regardless of the circumstances, should get the best start in life by ensuring that every family with a newborn has...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People (15 Jun 2022)

Clare Haughey: I thank the committee for its inquiry report and for the opportunity to give evidence to its cross-portfolio inquiry. I am grateful for its focus on the health and wellbeing of children and young people and for the opportunity to speak about the Scottish Government’s work in the area. My ministerial colleagues and I place huge importance on the wellbeing of our children and young people....

Scottish Parliament: Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People (15 Jun 2022)

Clare Haughey: I am keen to hear what representations Sandesh Gulhane has made to the UK Government on amendments to the Online Safety Bill that is currently going through Westminster, to which he referred.

Scottish Parliament: Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People (15 Jun 2022)

Clare Haughey: The member will accept that I had only limited time. I referred in my speech to the whole family wellbeing fund, which is specifically for fulfilling the Promise.

Scottish Parliament: Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People (15 Jun 2022)

Clare Haughey: I hear the member’s criticism of the Scottish Government’s benefits; however, would she recognise that the UK Government’s benefit cap, the £20 cut to universal credit, benefit sanctions, the two-child limit, the rape clause and a decade of austerity are contributing to child poverty in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People (15 Jun 2022)

Clare Haughey: Mitigating Tory cuts!


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