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STUC 2013 Perth

Education and care must go hand in hand in early years services

Carol Ball
Carol Ball

Congress welcomed the recent Scottish Government’s response to the consultation on the Children and Young People Bill and the commitment to enshrine in law more effective rights for children and young people in Scotland, based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

However, it backed a joint call from UNISON and the EIS to press the Scottish Government for proper resources to ensure a successful implementation of the new law, including measures to support genuine teamwork around the child in the early years, from properly qualified and registered professionals.

UNISON’s Carol Ball pointed to the crucial importance of making sure that children have the best possible start in life.

“The professionals who deliver these services recognise that for children in their earliest years, you can’t separate learning and care,” said Carol.

She told delegates of the range of professional qualifications now required by professionals working in the early years service which have not only raised the professional status of all who deliver early learning and childcare, but have also improved the outcomes for the children who access the services, highlighted by inspection reports.

“Our members who deliver early learning and childcare respect the equal contribution that those holding a teaching qualification make both at manager and practitioner level, but it is only right that the equal contribution of those who hold the range of qualifications recognised by the SSSC to practice is also recognised.”

18 April 2013

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