Aileen Campbell MSP

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Aileen Campbell MSP

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  • Member for: Clydesdale
  • Region: South Scotland
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Aileen Campbell

Yes. Thank you. I will not blame the answer on any baby brain.

Like all local authorities, Glasgow City Council is under a duty to consult parents on the patterns of provision that would best meet their needs. We recognise that the move away from what has been a default model of 2.5 hours a day towards a more flexible model will take time, and additional funding has been provided for that.

It is for private partner nurseries as independent businesses to make charging arrangements. The partnership contract between the council and partners asks that they are transparent and communicate with parents on how the funding will be applied, but the detail is left to the individual partner provider to decide what suits its business model.

I am happy to meet Bill Kidd to discuss specifics, although Fiona McLeod might have to take up the meeting with him.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Minister for Children and Young People (Aileen Campbell)

Like all local authorities, Glasgow City Council has a statutory duty to secure early learning and childcare for eligible children whose parents wish it. When children become eligible, local authorities will do their best to meet the needs of each parent, and they can offer places through their own settings or through private and third sector providers. We would expect local authorities to do their best to meet the needs of parents.

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 puts flexibility on a statutory footing for the first time. Local authorities are now required to consult groups of parents at least once every two years on patterns of early learning and childcare provision. That will increase parental choice and better meet the needs of families.



Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Aileen Campbell

On the asymmetric school week, local authority schools have to be open for 190 days each year but it is up to the council to decide on the length and structure of the individual school day, week or year, taking account of local circumstances. Any proposals to change the school week would be subject to consultation involving schools, parents and the wider community.

We absolutely appreciate that the need for childcare does not stop when a child starts school and that finding affordable and flexible provision can be a challenge for parents. That is why the 2014 act has introduced a duty on local authorities to consult locally on out-of-school care, which will broaden the scope for consultation and planning beyond early learning and childcare in order to meet the needs of all families.

Although local authorities are considering ways to reconfigure early learning and childcare services to provide the flexibility that is needed and requested through the legislation—that includes, for instance, bleeding the 600 hours into the summer holidays—the key thing is listening and responding to parents’ needs.

In addition, I have asked the early years task force to consider what more we can do on out-of-school care. Professor Iram Siraj’s continuing workforce review will also consider out-of-school care as well as early learning and childcare. We look forward to receiving her report in the spring of next year.

If the member wishes to raise his concerns directly with me, I am happy to meet him. I am sure that my colleague Alasdair Allan will be happy to meet him on the specific issue of asymmetric school weeks.



Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
The Minister for Children and Young People (Aileen Campbell)

I welcome the Citizens Advice Scotland report of last week, which raised concerns about the cost of childcare and articulated the challenge that parents face. We know and understand that childcare costs are a considerable outlay for families. That is why, through the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, we are investing £329 million in this financial year and next to expand funded early learning and childcare for three and four-year-olds to 600 hours. That represents an increase of 45 per cent since 2007, which will save families up to £700 per child per year.

That said, we have made clear our wish to go further. The First Minister has outlined this Government’s ambition, if re-elected, to deliver an increase in early learning and childcare provision for three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds from 16 hours a week to 30 hours a week by the end of the next session of Parliament.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Aileen Campbell

Absolutely.

As I said, some of the tests of change from an early years collaborative point of view have been about increasing the prevalence of breastfeeding and providing the support that mums might need. At that point, they are vulnerable. They have just had a baby and are getting bombarded with lots of information, so they do not need to be made to feel guilty. We are ensuring that the support is available for mothers who need the extra bit of help. We are doing that to increase the prevalence of breastfeeding because it offers the best start in life to children.

The legislation to which you referred was passed in 2005. There are a number of initiatives on baby-friendly or breastfeeding-friendly status. We are promoting it through a number of different avenues. UNICEF is developing a number of bits of work to provide accreditation for premises to be breastfeeding friendly.

Maureen Watt might want to talk some more about some of those measures. However, the result of the collaborative example that I mentioned is that 86 per cent of the mothers with whom the services are working now breastfeed. I acknowledge that the sample is small, but the outcome shows that if we work effectively with a group of mothers, we can quite quickly turn things around and get more positive results than we might have seen in the past. The overall result for Fife was 25 per cent, which highlights the difference that can be made through the approach that the collaborative brings to bear.

It is incredibly important—not least because I am about to have a child myself—that we have in Scotland a culture in which the benefits of breastfeeding are accepted and in which mothers feel that there is acceptance around it.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Aileen Campbell

Have a good Christmas, convener.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Aileen Campbell

In my portfolio, the early years task force brought key partners around the table and had a direct link with community planning partnerships. The key change that came from that was the early years collaborative, which has had a huge take-up. There were 700-plus at each learning session in the SECC, which showed in a way that has not been shown previously how keen the community planning partnerships are to tackle the issues that they are dealing with in local authorities and health boards.

All 32 local authorities and community planning partnerships are involved in and taking ownership of the collaborative ways in which they want to move forward. However, that is the key change that has resulted from the early years task force and the change fund. It was the first time that we had a financial mechanism that brought to bear money from the Scottish Government, local authorities and health boards. From that point of view, there is a lot to be positive about around the role of local authorities and health boards and all the community planning partners that are participating, particularly in the early years collaborative.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Aileen Campbell

We have a targeted universalism within that policy.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Aileen Campbell

Healthcare is important for every child. We do not just talk about targeting. All children deserve the best start in life.



Health and Sport Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Aileen Campbell

All three and four-year-olds across Scotland are entitled to 600 hours, but we are targeting the most vulnerable: this year, provision is being extended to the most vulnerable 15 per cent of two-year-olds; next year, it will be extended to the most vulnerable 27 per cent. We are making our interventions earlier.

I stress again that the provision has to be high quality, particularly for those age groups, which is why we are ensuring, through Professor Siraj’s commissioned work, that the workforce is as well developed as possible. The Care Inspectorate also has a role to play in making inspections to ensure that quality is there.

We know from the results in later life—some of the milestones regarding speech, language and transitions to secondary school—that if we tackle in the early years some of the deep-rooted sources of inequality, we can reverse some of the inequality trends.

It is important to recognise that in all that work, the early years collaborative and the work on raising attainment for all, which I think takes place in P1 to P7, a thread goes through to ensure that we tackle inequalities in education and are always routing back to the early years.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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NoDefeated

S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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YesCarried

S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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YesCarried

Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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YesCarried

S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-10413: Aileen Campbell, Clydesdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-10131.3: Aileen Campbell, Clydesdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09915: Aileen Campbell, Clydesdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09050: Aileen Campbell, Clydesdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08326: Aileen Campbell, Clydesdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08099: Aileen Campbell, Clydesdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/10/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07783.2: Aileen Campbell, Clydesdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07083: Aileen Campbell, Clydesdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/06/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06960: Aileen Campbell, Clydesdale, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/06/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S3W-37735: Aileen Campbell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/11/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-36680: Aileen Campbell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/10/2010 Show Full Question >>
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Question S3W-36118: Aileen Campbell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/09/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-36117: Aileen Campbell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/09/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-34966: Aileen Campbell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/06/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-33118: Aileen Campbell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/04/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-32257: Aileen Campbell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/03/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-32256: Aileen Campbell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/03/2010 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-31807: Aileen Campbell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/02/2010 Show Full Question >>