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2017

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.


2016

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?’


2015

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.


2014

'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.


2013

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.


2012

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.


2010

'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.


2008

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.


2007

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.


2006

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.


2005

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.


2004

Off to a Good Start across Lanarkshire

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


2003

On the move

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


2002

International connections

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


2001

Care Standards collaboration

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


2000

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 www.sppa.org.uk launched.


1999

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.


1998

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!


1997

First Five magazine launched

Parent to Parent magazine becomes First Five.


1996

Single body created

SPPA becomes one single body without Branches and Regions.


1992

Magazine rebranded

Roundabout magazine changes its name to Parent to Parent.


1990

First prize for new scheme

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


1989

New guidelines published

Mother and Toddler Groups Under-Fives Groups Guidelines produced.


1988

Projects go it alone

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


1986

New logo for SPPA

SPPA logo adopted.


1985

Magazine launched

SPPA membership magazine Roundabout introduced.


1984

The Year That Was 1984

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


1983

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.


1982

The Year That Was 1982

2,000 members in Scotland.


1981

The Year That Was 1981

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


1980

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.


1979

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.


1978

The Year That Was 1978

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


1977

The Year That Was 1977

Carnegie grant for project on Playgroups in Areas of Need.


1976

The Year That Was 1976

Adviser appointed to Play for Children in Hospitals.


1975

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.


1974

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.


1973

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.


1972

The Year That Was 1972

900 members in Scotland. First publications printed.


1971

The Year That Was 1971

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


1968

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.


1967

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.


1966

The Year That Was 1966

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


1965

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.


1964

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.


1962

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.


1961

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.