MSP Mark McDonald, the Minister for Childcare and Early Years visited the ELOSCN offices recently to discuss the importance of out of school care and breakfast clubs for all children. The Scottish National Party have very ambitious childcare plans, promising to invest as much as possible to provide a brighter future for our young people, and we were delighted to welcome Mark to ELOSCN.
We first met Mark at the Scottish Out Of School Network Conference (SOSCN) in May where he spoke about his passion for quality childcare and he was keen to meet our ELOSCN family to discuss out of school care needs throughout Scotland. We introduced Mark to our “PRIDE in our practice” values which ELOSCN launched in May 2016. This underpins everything we are aiming to achieve within our settings and in our relationships with our Stakeholders. Mark was delighted to learn how the children and staff were engaging with each other in the settings using the PRIDE values.
Children from Stoneyhill Afterschool Club came to the office to meet Mark and ask him lots of questions about the Scottish Government, they gave Mark cards, and asked him to judge their flag design competition. It was a very difficult decision as the children had made a very special effort and he tried his hardest to be unbiased taking into account that there were many SNP flags in the competition. The winners were Oliver Ferrier-Yates and Katy Horrell who both received prizes for their efforts and all the other children a small gift for taking part.
We would to thank Mark for taking time from his busy schedule to meet us and we are sure that we have established a relationship which will see us working closely with him to ensure our young people receive the nurturing and opportunities they deserve.