Minister for Childcare and Early Years Mark McDonald Visits CALA


We were delighted to recently have a visit from Mark McDonald MSP to our Inverness Office. Mr McDonald is Scotland’s Minister for Childcare & Early Years.

The Minister met with two of the participants in the #openingdoors project, Adrienne and Marc, as well as Mentoring Support Officer Kirsty Hunter, and CALA Chief Executive Valerie Gale.

Mr McDonald was very interested to hear of the fantastic work being done by #openingdoors, which provides mentorship to young people interested in a career in childcare. #openingdoors participant Marc explained to the Minister that he wished the project had existed when he initially left school, as it would have encouraged him to pursue a career in childcare sooner.

Adrienne discussed with the minister the positive impact CALA’s E-Learning Zone has had on her training. As an #openingdoors participant, Adrienne has free access to our online courses, allowing her to increase her knowledge of subjects relating to childcare and download certificates of achievement to keep for her records.

“It was fantastic to meet the staff at CALA and Adrienne and Marc who are participating in the Opening Doors programme. I’m delighted the Scottish Government can provide funding to CALA to support their vital work in the Highlands and Moray through their early learning and childcare provision and the Opening Doors programme which helps young people into a career in childcare. I’m looking forward to attending their conference in September to hear more about their work.”

– Mark McDonald, Minister for Childcare and Early Years

We were delighted the Minister decided to take the time to visit our offices, and allow us the opportunity to outline the various projects CALA are involved with.

Mark McDonald has very kindly agreed to make the opening remarks at the 2016 CALA Conference, due to be held on the 30th of September. We are thrilled Mr McDonald has agreed to attend, and are very much looking forward to hearing his opening remarks.

1 reply
  1. Norma Ruettimann
    Norma Ruettimann says:

    Really encouraging to have a ministerial visit to find out about the work CALA have been doing which is funded by the Scottish Government. Well done to all involved, keep up the super work. Great pic too!


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