Minister for Childcare and Early Years

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The Minister for Childcare and Early Years is a Junior ministerial post in the Scottish Government. As a result, the Minister does not attend the Scottish Cabinet. The post was created in May 2007 after the appointment of the Scottish National Party minority administration and the minister reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, who has overall responsibility for the portfolio, and is a member of Cabinet. The Minister for Children and Young people has specific responsibility for the social services workforce, childcare and preschool, children's services, children's hearings and the Care Inspectorate.[1]

History[edit]

From 1999 to 2000, responsibility for Children and Early Years rested with the Minister for Children and Education, which became the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs in the McLeish Government of 2000 to 2001. From 2001 to 2007 the portfolio rested with the Minister for Education and Young People. The Salmond government, elected following the Scottish Parliament election, 2007 created the junior post of the Minister for Children and Early Years to assist the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

Minister[edit]

The current Minister for Childcare and Early Years is Mark McDonald.[2]

Minister for Children and the Early Years[edit]

Name Portrait Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister
Adam Ingram Adam Ingram, Minister for Children and Early Years (2).jpg 17 May 2007 20 May 2011 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Minister for Children and Young People[edit]

Angela Constance AngelaConstanceMSP20110510.JPG 20 May 2011 7 December 2011 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond
Aileen Campbell AileenCampbellMSP20110510.JPG 7 December 2011 18 December 2014
(on maternity leave)
Scottish National Party Alex Salmond
Nicola Sturgeon
Fiona McLeod FionaMcLeodMSP20110507.JPG 18 December 2014 31 August 2015 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon
Aileen Campbell AileenCampbellMSP20110510.JPG 31 August 2015 18 May 2016 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

Minister for Childcare and Early Years[edit]

Mark McDonald MarkMcDonaldMSP.JPG 18 May 2016 incumbent Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ministerial responsibilities: Education portfolio". Scottish Government. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cabinet and Ministers: Biographies and Responsibilities". Scottish Government. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 

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