Scotland welcomes new childcare minister

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Highlands MSP Maree Todd has been appointed as the new Scottish minister for childcare and early years.

She replaces Mark McDonald, who resigned from the position this week over allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

Ms Todd grew up in the West Highlands and studied pharmacy and prescribing at Robert Gordon and Strathclyde Universities, as well as taking an ante-natal teaching diploma at the University of Bedfordshire, all by distance learning.

She worked as a pharmacist for 20 years and contributed to SIGN guidance on perinatal mental health before being elected as an MSP for the Highlands and Islands in May 2016.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, ‘I am really pleased that Maree has agreed to take up the post of minister for childcare and early years.

‘Improving the life chances of children and young people is at the heart of this Government’s agenda, so this is a crucial post. We want to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up and are taking forward a range of actions to achieve this.

‘The importance of early years development simply cannot be overstated, which is why my government is putting so much emphasis on doing all we can to ensure youngsters across Scotland can reach their full potential.

‘I know that Maree is passionate about this work and I look forward to seeing her lead this agenda.’

Ms Todd said, ‘I am honoured to be asked to carry out this important role. The early years are so crucial in shaping Scotland’s next generation. A lot of great work has already been done and I am really looking forward to continuing to take forward policies like the Baby Box, the commitment to almost doubling entitlement to free early learning and childcare hours and leading celebrations for the Year of Young People 2018.

‘I am relishing getting started and helping make a difference to the lives of all children in Scotland.’

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