Out of the Box Thinking, in Scotland: a Cardboard Crib Baby.
In a July blog post, we at Romiley Board Mill looked at Finland’s cardboard crib scheme. Today, the Finnish childcare scheme has won a new convert. This time, in Scotland.
First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, used the Scottish National Party’s conference in Glasgow to announce its launch. At the conference, she said: “We promised a baby box of all essential items for all newborns. It’s a policy borrowed from Finland where it’s contributed to the lowest rates of child mortality in the world.” Given Scotland’s imbalanced mortality rates (particularly in Glasgow and the Outer Hebrides compared with affluent areas), Sturgeon’s adoption could create a level playing field.
As described in the previous post, the cardboard cribs come with a starter kit of baby items. These are carefully chosen to ensure each child has a good start in life. The box, as well as storing his or her essential items, is a starter bed which comes with a mattress. Next month will see the launch of a competition for the box design. This is in cooperation with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Dundee base.
The first cardboard cribs will be delivered on New Year’s Day 2017. These will be as part of a pilot scheme. As stated in our previous post on the subject, the Finnish scheme has been in place since 1938. In its 78 year history, it has led to Finland having a massive drop in child mortality rates. Not only a massive drop; also the lowest child mortality rates in the world.
In Scotland, the cardboard crib may have a similar impact. On the other hand, it widens the gap between childcare policies in Edinburgh and Westminster.