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Professional Learning Academy
Professional Learning Academy

The Early Years Scotland Professional Academy, launched officially at the end of 2018, expanded to include a new Online Learning Platform to offer new opportunities for professional learning and the development of Early Learning and Childcare National Collaborative Learning Communities.


A Song for Scotland's Children
A Song for Scotland's Children

Children from Early Years Scotland's 2 Stay Play and Learn service in Drumchapel, Glasgow, become the youngest ever performers at the Scottish Parliament when they performed 'Believe in Me', a song they have co-written with musicians McKay-Stout. Early Years Scotland holds its first ever Early Learning and Childcare careers event, and over 360 delegates make Early Years Scotland's annual conference the biggest yet.


50 years celebrated
50 years celebrated

The organisation celebrates its 50th Anniversary at the annual conference. The launch of Early Years Scotland’s Professional Learning Academy takes place.


First Early Years Scotland ‘Question Time’
First Early Years Scotland ‘Question Time’

The first Early Years Scotland ‘Question Time’ event is held on 20 September in the University of Strathclyde. A panel of experts and an informed, enthusiastic audience debated the question: ‘What age should children start school?’


SPPA becomes Early Years Scotland

February 24, 2015

SPPA becomes Early Years Scotland

On this day SPPA were officially renamed Early Years Scotland. The Minister for Children and Young People, Fiona McLeod MSP, joined children, staff and guests at a launch party in Scaraway Nursery School in Milton, Glasgow, to cut a celebratory cake and unveil a new logo and website.

New Magazines Launched

Two new membership magazines ‘Early Years Scotland Magazine for Practitioners’ and ‘Parent Chat’ are published.


'Learning Together Through Play’ Wins Award
'Learning Together Through Play’ Wins Award

Early Years Scotland's pioneering ‘Learning Together Through Play’ programme in prisons wins the ‘One to Watch’ SSSC Care Accolade Award.


SPPA services expand
SPPA services expand

Dumfries & Galloway Play Service, Stay and Play/ Stay and Play Plus Service in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dumfries. ‘Off to a Good Start Early Explorer Workshops’ expand into Forth Valley. SPPA supports toddler groups in North Lanarkshire and the One Glasgow Initiative.


Stay and Play and prison programme begin
Stay and Play and prison programme begin

Making a Difference ‘Stay and Play’ sessions begin in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dumfries. First Early Years Programme ‘Learning Together Through Play’ begins in HMP Dumfries.


'Manifesto for the Early Years' launched
'Manifesto for the Early Years' launched

SPPA launches its Manifesto for the Early Years: Enriching Children’s Lives. SPPA increases its delivery of early intervention work with children and families in Glasgow and Dumfries & Galloway.


40 years celebrated

SPPA celebrates 40 years as an independent organisation at the Scottish Parliament. SPPA joins the Coalition of Childhood Umbrella Organisations to develop a professionally recognised qualified workforce within the voluntary and independent workforce. SPPA Headquarters move to Granville Street in Glasgow.


Manifesto for Young Children Launched

SPPA’s first Manifesto for Young Children launched. Launch of Crèche Express. SPPA hosts ‘Respecting Differences in the Early Years’ Seminar in partnership with the Peace Initiative Institute, Early Years, and Queen’s University Belfast at the Scottish Parliament. SPPA participates in the development of the new Standard for Childhood Practice.


Investor in People Award

SPPA provides evidence to the Early Years Inquiry at the Scottish Parliament. New venture, subsidiary company Direct Childcare Services Ltd. Achievement of Investor in People Award.


Working with the Scottish Executive and NHS Scotland

SPPA contributes to Birth to Three for Scottish Executive; Learning and Teaching Scotland and Adventures in Foodland for NHS Health Scotland.


Off to a Good Start across Lanarkshire

‘Off to a Good Start’ Parent and Toddler Group project in North and South Lanarkshire.


On the move

SPPA Headquarters move to Finnieston Street, Glasgow. ‘Off to a Good Start’ Parent and Toddler Group project in Renfrewshire.


International connections

Candidates from the United Arab Emirates enrol for SPPA’s Learning and Development Self Study Pack.


Care Standards collaboration

SPPA contributes to the National Care Standards Early Education and Childcare up to the age of 16.


Getting 'Off to a Good Start'

First ‘Off to a Good Start’ Parent and Toddler Group project begins in Glasgow. Learning Through Play logo and strapline adopted, SPPA’s website launched.


Local Authority Childcare Partnerships

SPPA contributes to The Child at the Centre. Local Authority Childcare Partnerships set up and SPPA represents its members on these.


Quality assurance scheme launched

SPPA Quality Assurance Accreditation Scheme launched. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund Grant given to support it. Keep your group on the right tracks. Catch the Quality Assurance Express!


First Five magazine launched

Parent to Parent magazine becomes First Five.


Single body created

SPPA becomes one single body without Branches and Regions.


Magazine rebranded

Roundabout magazine changes its name to Parent to Parent.


First prize for new scheme

Basic Training in Playwork launched and awarded 1st Prize in Scottish Committee in Open Learning Competition.


New guidelines published

Mother and Toddler Groups Under-Fives Groups Guidelines produced.


Projects go it alone

Scottish Headquarters move to Elliot Place, Glasgow. Organisations Play in Scottish Hospitals and Stepping Stones become independent.


New logo for SPPA

SPPA logo adopted.


Magazine launched

SPPA membership magazine Roundabout introduced.


The Year That Was 1984

The new name of Scottish Pre-school Play Association is adopted.


The Year That Was 1983

Scope in Scotland formed. Constituent parts Scottish Pre-school Playgroups Association, Play in Scottish Hospitals, Stepping Stones, Scottish Mother and Toddler Groups.


The Year That Was 1982

2,000 members in Scotland.


The Year That Was 1981

Focus groups continue work on Mother and Toddler Project in Areas of Need, Play in Hospitals and Playgroups.


The Year That Was 1980

Playgroups in the Eighties Opportunities for Parents and Children; a joint statement from all UK PPAs SPPA. Headquarters move to Sandyford Place, Glasgow.


The Year That Was 1979

SPPA alters its constitution to include Mother and Toddler Groups, hospital and other playschemes. Daisy Chain newsletter for Mother and Toddler Groups starts.


The Year That Was 1978

First Advisor for Projects in Areas of Need. Working party on Play in Prison.


The Year That Was 1977

Carnegie grant for project on Playgroups in Areas of Need.


The Year That Was 1976

Adviser appointed to Play for Children in Hospitals.


The Year That Was 1975

Special interest committee on Mother and Toddler Groups formed. Four SPPA advisers in post. Working party set up to consider playgroups in areas of special need.


The Year That Was 1974

First General Secretary of SPPA, Moira Ferguson, later to become first Executive Officer. Rapid expansion in numbers of Mother and Toddler Groups.


The Year That Was 1973

1,050 members in Scotland. The birth of SPPA at PPA AGM in Edinburgh - SPPA is constituted. Hector Munro, Under Secretary of State for Health and Education, opens Headquarters ‘Playgroup House’, in Glasgow. First Scottish Edition of Contact magazine.


The Year That Was 1972

900 members in Scotland. First publications printed.


The Year That Was 1971

First Scottish Adviser, Rae Paul appointed through grant from Social Work Department. The Playgroup Movement by Brenda Crowe published.


The Year That Was 1968

83,000 children attending playgroups nationwide. First Scottish PPA Annual General Meeting. First Scottish Local Authority Playgroup Adviser, Jenny Overton.


The Year That Was 1967

Brenda Crowe appointed as the National Adviser to England and Wales. Scottish Executive Committee formed. Scottish Education Department grant. Headquarters office in Maryhill, Glasgow,100 members in Scotland.


The Year That Was 1966

Department of Education and Science grant for a National Adviser. First PPA Office London.


The Year That Was 1965

Questions asked in the House of Commons about playgroups. National Campaign for Nursery Education formed, PPA a member. West of Scotland Branch of PPA formed with 29 members.


The Year That Was 1964

London County Council allocated £1,000 per annum for two years for a playgroup adviser for the Inner London Education Authority.


The Year That Was 1962

The Nursery School Campaign name changed to the Pre-school Playgroups Association (PPA) constituted as an educational charity. First national conference in London.


The Year That Was 1961

The Nursery School Campaign formed and 3,588 people signed the petition calling for more nursery schools and play facilities for children under 5. A letter was sent to the Guardian by Nursery School Campaign Organiser, Belle Tutaev.