Christina McKelvie MSP aims to give children 'best start in life'
The nation-wide roll-out of the Scottish Government’s Baby Box has begun this week, with all babies due on or after August 15th being eligible for the scheme.
Following successful pilot programmes in Orkney and Clackmannanshire, the Baby Box, containing essential items such as clothing, changing mats, interactive play items and blankets, will be made available to all mothers and babies expecting after August 15th.
Through the scheme, the Scottish Government aim to tackle deprivation and health inequality, giving each child, regardless of circumstances, equal support and assistance.
The move has been welcomed by SNP MSP Christina McKelvie, who said:
“The Baby Box is a strong signal of our intent to give every child the best possible start in life. Irrespective of circumstances and straight from birth, every child will be treated equally.
“It contains a range of practical items, such as blankets, clothes, thermometers and the box itself can double up as a crib - meeting the highest British Safety Standards.
“I’m thrilled and, above all, proud that the Scottish Government has taken this important step. This is just one of the measures that will improve health and decrease deprivation throughout my constituency.”
Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood said:
“All the evidence shows that the early years are crucial for children’s development. What happens then can be linked to outcomes much later in life. So we know that measures undertaken in the 0-3 years’ age range have the opportunity to make the biggest impact.
“That is why we have been working hard to enhance the existing infrastructure available to support families in these crucial early years from before birth all the way up to school age and beyond.
“Over and above the practical benefits the items within the Baby Box provide, the box itself also offers healthcare professionals a unique opportunity to introduce expectant parents to a wide range of health promotion information."