We are seeking to improve the provision of that important service. We have made £8 million available over three years to local authorities to help to stabilise and sustain out-of-school clubs, especially in disadvantaged areas. We are convening a cross-sectoral working group to tackle a range of issues that affect the delivery of out-of-school care. I have met representatives of the new opportunities fund in Scotland to agree ways of increasing the take-up of funding under the fund's child care initiative.
An increasing number of parents now take up—or want to take up—employment opportunities provided by breakfast clubs and after-school clubs, such as those in the excellent Coatbridge community education centre, which is run by North Lanarkshire Council and is one of three such clubs in my constituency. Does the minister agree that such clubs are extremely important in that respect? What are the possibilities of using new opportunities funding to help to expand out-of-school provision, particularly breakfast clubs?
I recognise the work that is done by the clubs in Elaine Smith's constituency. I know that she takes an interest in such initiatives,