Results 21–40 of 587 for speaker:Clare Haughey

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (3 Nov 2021)

Clare Haughey: I take issue with that, given the expansion that there has been by our local authority partners. It is about parental choice and where parents wish to send their children. Allowing the funding to follow the child means that parents have that choice. The number of enrolments across college and vocational routes grew significantly between the academic years 2017-18 and 2019-20, with...

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (3 Nov 2021)

Clare Haughey: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (3 Nov 2021)

Clare Haughey: Does the member not recognise that we have been in the midst of a global pandemic and that local authorities that were delivering some of the building projects and some of the increased staffing had to focus their attention on other issues?

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (3 Nov 2021)

Clare Haughey: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (3 Nov 2021)

Clare Haughey: I thank Willie Rennie for taking my intervention, and I will try not to take up too much time. I will write to him with the detail of what the Government is doing to increase the number of eligible two-year-olds taking up their place. It will be quite a detailed letter.

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (3 Nov 2021)

Clare Haughey: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (3 Nov 2021)

Clare Haughey: Mr Marra makes a very valid point. We need to ensure that the children who absolutely need to be in nurseries or early learning centres are in them. That is something that we are working very hard to do. If we look at the percentages, we see that a really high proportion of three and four-year-olds do attend. I am in no way denying that there is still work to do on eligible two-year-olds, but...

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (3 Nov 2021)

Clare Haughey: The statistics that I quoted in my opening speech show how valued the PVI providers are in respect of delivery of 1,140 hours across Scotland. “Financial Sustainability Health Check of the Childcare Sector in Scotland”, which was published on 31 August, sets out a road map to address the issues and concerns that have been raised by the ELC industry.

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (3 Nov 2021)

Clare Haughey: I thank members right across the chamber for their contributions. For the most part, it has been a very collegiate and interesting debate, and there have been well-made points from all parties. As we have heard, all councils in Scotland have been offering 1,140 hours of funded ELC to all eligible children since August, making high-quality early learning and childcare available to families and...

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (3 Nov 2021)

Clare Haughey: I will come on to some of those points as I finish my closing speech. Nonetheless, I note that they are certainly a profession—they are early learning and childcare workers and they are part of our education professionals right across the country. It is a responsibility of us all to recognise the professionalism of the career choice that those people make. I have no doubt that their efforts...

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (3 Nov 2021)

Clare Haughey: I will give way shortly, if that is all right, Mr Whittle. We will continue to work closely with local government to embed the benefits of the expansion as more families come forward, thereby ensuring that children’s social and developmental outcomes improve, that their parents and carers have more opportunities to work, train or study and that family wellbeing improves. We will also work...

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (3 Nov 2021)

Clare Haughey: Of course I will. We recognise the on-going sustainability challenges, and part of the work that will come out of the financial health sustainability report will involve looking at the workforce, the sustainability of the sector and its training requirements, because we all want it to succeed. I am greatly encouraged by the breadth and depth of the contributions from across the chamber today....

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (29 Sep 2021)

Clare Haughey: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I lost connection, and I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Outdoor Education (16 Sep 2021)

Clare Haughey: In addition to the £2.5 million that we have provided to the sector over the past 18 months, we work with the sector on an on-going basis to support schools to access and use outdoor centres and to ensure that our Covid-19 guidance provides clear advice on safe and supported visits to centres. The most recent update to that guidance, which removed caps on the number of young people within...

Scottish Parliament: Outdoor Education (16 Sep 2021)

Clare Haughey: Liz Smith may be interested to know that, on 10 August, I met the Outward Bound Trust Scotland Scouts and the chair of the Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres. Some of the issues that Liz Smith has raised were raised during that meeting, and it was agreed that officials would follow up in order to gather more detailed information and evidence. A further meeting between officials...

Scottish Parliament: Outdoor Education (16 Sep 2021)

Clare Haughey: Our learning for sustainability action plan, which includes climate education, contains actions to support teaching skills in sustainability education, to develop and promote qualifications relating to sustainability and to encourage schools to take a whole-school approach. To coincide with the 26th United Nations climate change conference of the parties—COP26—summit, Education Scotland...

Scottish Parliament: Fairer and More Equal Society (16 Sep 2021)

Clare Haughey: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Secure Accommodation (Unlawful Detention of At-risk Children) (8 Jun 2021)

Clare Haughey: Secure care is one of the most intensive and restrictive forms of alternative care in Scotland. Depriving a child of their liberty in secure units, even when that is essential for their safety and welfare, has a profound effect on them and such decisions should always be legally justifiable, rights proofed and transparent. Following the examination of 119 cases of children who were placed in...

Scottish Parliament: Secure Accommodation (Unlawful Detention of At-risk Children) (8 Jun 2021)

Clare Haughey: I am sure that the member is aware that it is for local authorities to ensure that they comply with the law and that chief social work officers fulfil their duties. The commissioner’s report highlights inconsistencies in the recording of the engagement with children and young people, but I did not detect concerns from it about the necessity or appropriateness of placement decisions....

Scottish Parliament: Secure Accommodation (Unlawful Detention of At-risk Children) (8 Jun 2021)

Clare Haughey: The report asks that the Scottish Government work with partners to consider whether the existing law is compatible with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and make any necessary amendments to strengthen legal protections of children’s rights. It is important that we get it right for every child, regardless of his or her circumstances. We will work closely with COSLA...


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