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The SNP has suspended Mark McDonald after fresh allegations were made about the conduct of the former Scottish Government minister. Party chiefs said they had made the decision after new information about the Aberdeen Donside MSP was brought to them in the last 24 hours. It comes 12 days after…
Maternity units have been urged to investigate after figures revealed differences in care for mothers and babies across Britain. Findings of the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA), the largest of its kind in the world, show the vast majority of women in England, Wales and Scotland have a safe…
Highlands and Islands MSP Maree Todd will be appointed as the new minister for childcare and early years following the resignation of Mark McDonald over "inappropriate'' behaviour. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention to promote Ms Todd days after Mr McDonald stepped down from the role with an apology…
A Scottish Government minister has resigned over past actions he said had been "considered to be inappropriate". Mark McDonald, the SNP minister for childcare and early years, apologised "to anyone I have upset" as he stepped down from the role. The MSP for Aberdeen Donside said previous behaviour he had…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has helped launch a campaign to recruit up to 11,000 more people to work in childcare. The recruitment drive, with the tagline "Shape their worlds. Shape your career", is targeted at school leavers, and aimed at delivering a key Scottish Government pledge to expand free childcare…
Poor families could end up missing out on 30 hours of free childcare a week if the new Government policy is not properly funded, an early years leader is warning. Nurseries and childminders may end up giving priority to those parents who can afford to pay for additional hours or…
A Government scheme to give working parents 30 hours of free childcare a week could widen the education gap between rich and poor, according to a new report. Research published by the Sutton Trust suggests the offer is being implemented at the expense of quality early years education for disadvantaged…
Scotland’s five and a half thousand childminders are providing high quality early learning childcare, according to the Care Inspectorate, and two new resources launched today will help them continue to improve experiences for children. Childminders care for children in their own home and the quality of the care they provide…
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