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Working with Children and Families

Stay Play and Learn

This service is planned, set up and delivered by Early Years Scotland, often in collaboration with partners. Essentially the central aim of the Stay Play and Learn service is to provide shared play and learning opportunities for a small group of families with young children 0-5 years in local community settings. Once a suitable venue has been identified, the 1.5 hour sessions run once or twice per week.

Stay Play and Learn sessions are facilitated by an Early Years Practitioner and are often located in areas of disadvantage.

All Stay Play and Learn services aim to support and improve:

  • Parents’ capacity to support their children’s development and learning
  • Parents’ levels of confidence, knowledge, skills, motivation and communication
  • Promotion of effective, positive approaches to managing behaviour
  • Social isolation and peer support
  • Attachments, relationships and parents’ responsiveness to their children
  • Active learning, problem-solving and growing independence
  • Children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development
  • Concentration, curiosity and social interaction
  • Healthy eating and living
  • Opportunities for signposting to other support services
  • Effective transitions

Our community based Stay Play and Learn sessions currently run in various locations in Glasgow North, Glasgow South and West Dunbartonshire. The sessions are fee of charge and details of days, times and venues can be found via the following links:

Glasgow North
Glasgow South
West Dunbartonshire

P1 Stay Play and Learn

P1 Stay Play and Learn is a unique service which focuses on closing the attainment gap and aims to help improve the transition between nursery and school. 

Early Years Scotland, in partnership with primary schools, offers parents the opportunity to attend shared play and learning sessions to support their child before, starting and during Primary 1.  These sessions are facilitated by fully qualified and experienced EYS Early Years Practitioners who deliver informal, play based sessions in primary schools with parents who are encouraged to participate fully in their children’s learning from the start of school.

Funding is provided through the Pupil Equity Fund, a top-up on the Scottish Government’s Attainment Scotland Fund, and is allocated to schools to spend directly. Individual schools have recognised the benefits this early intervention approach could have for the youngest children and their parents.

Baby Massage

Qualified and experienced Early Years Practitioners offer 6 or 8 week courses in Baby Massage. As well as providing many of the benefits associated with Stay and Play (above), Baby Massage also facilitates:

  • Bonding, closeness, secure attachments and physical contact
  • Increased feelings and levels of love, responsive care and respect
  • Ability to soothe and comfort baby
  • Increased levels of relaxation and quality of sleep
  • Understanding of how to treat wind, colic, teething and distress
  • Parents’ understanding of baby’s body language and behaviour
  • Enjoyment of one-to-one quality time between parent and baby
  • Increased knowledge and confidence around how to nurture baby
  • Learning about the importance of parent / baby communications

The wide-ranging benefits extend well beyond the course itself. Health Visitors sometimes offer this valuable service.

Supporting Young Mothers and their Babies

This service has been specifically designed to encourage young parents to support their children’s development and learning, develop parents’ levels of confidence, knowledge, motivation and communication.

The service promotes effective and positive approaches to managing behaviour and during these sessions the parents improve social interaction and receive peer support.

The parents and children attend two weekly sessions which is led by two qualified and experienced Early Years Practitioners. The Early Years Practitioners model a variety of approaches and aim to improve the parent’s knowledge and understanding of their role and the development of their children, the importance of play, bonding and healthy living. 

Young Children Affected by Imprisonment

Early Years Scotland also works with prisoners, their children and families in six Scottish prisons. More.