New Minister for Childcare and Early Years appointed

Date: 17th November 2017
Category: General measures of implementation

Maree Todd MSP has been appointed the new Minister for Childcare and Early Years by the First Minister.

Ms Todd is currently MSP for the Highlands and Islands and has a background in mental health pharmacy, previously working with NHS Highland for 20 years.

Of her appointment, 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."

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon commented on the appointment by saying:

"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."