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05/11/13 10:52

Out of school care

Experts look at after school clubs.

A group of experts has been charged with looking at what sort of care for older children could be offered in Scotland in the future.

Speaking at the Children in Scotland conference, Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell said that the Early Years Taskforce will look at the activities and options available for school pupils.

Ms Campbell said:

“We have clearly demonstrated our ambition to make Scotland the best place to grow up and transform the care available for young children. Now we want to enlist the Early Years Taskforce to look at the best examples of out of school care and how that could be delivered across Scotland.

“Since the taskforce was formed in 2011 it has brought together an incredible range of expertise and shaped how we deliver family services across the country. This has been done through sharing the best examples and showcasing the successful results from all council and NHS regions.

“With the help of the professionals on the taskforce we have achieved incredible things for families and young people but we have ambition to do even more. Out of school care is hugely important for the wellbeing and development of children in school, as well supporting parents with employment. That is why I want the Early Years Taskforce to consider this issue and recommend what more can be done.”

Ms Campbell reflected on the achievements made since she spoke to the conference last year, including:

  • £30m invested in the third sector.
  • The introduction of the Children and Young People Bill to parliament that will increase childcare for around 121,000 children and save families the equivalent of £700 per child per year.
  • The launch a national Play Strategy and Action Plan.
  • Implementing the commitments made in the National Parenting Strategy.

Background

Early Years Taskforce - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/People/Young-People/Early-Years-and-Family/earlyyearstaskforce