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Children's Minister and Sir Harry Burns open Early Years Scotland Professional Learning Academy

Posted in News on Friday, 07 December 2018
Children's Minister and Sir Harry Burns open Early Years Scotland  Professional Learning Academy Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd MSP, has officially opened Early Years Scotland's Professional Learning Academy.

The Minister was joined by Sir Harry Burns,  Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde, and guests from across the Early Learning and Childcare sector at the Academy in Glasgow city centre earlier today (Friday 7 December).

Maree Todd said:

“Offering our children high quality, culturally rich play and learning opportunities in their formative years is vital to their development. A skilled, dedicated and diverse workforce is key to delivering this.

“Initial and continued training of early years professionals is crucial in enabling them to fulfil their own potential, and equipping our young people to do the same. Through the 1140 hours expansion we are taking forward a number of actions to ensure that there are high quality and flexible learning opportunities available at all levels, through every stage of a career in this varied, vibrant sector. I congratulate Early Years Scotland on the launch of their Professional Learning Academy and their contribution to high quality early learning and childcare for our young children.”

Early Years Scotland Chief Executive, Jean Carwood-Edwards, said: 

“Early Years Scotland is proud to be at the heart of supporting the professional learning needs and aspirations of the sector. As a learning organisation, Early Years Scotland knows that the connection between high quality professional learning for the workforce, and high quality provision for Scotland’s children, cannot be overstated! 

“We are therefore determined to develop and support a community of collaborative learners in our new Professional Learning Academy.”

Nursery and P1 children from the Glasgow Gaelic School, and children from Buddies Daycare and West End Montessori delighted the guests with some renditions of their chosen Christmas songs, while the Academy was brought to life with artwork created by children from each of the settings. The children were also given an early opportunity to meet and receive a gift from a very special visitor who had flown in from the North Pole for the opening!

The newly refurbished Academy is a vibrant, modern learning space with a capacity to hold up to 80 participants, and offers a wide range of learning opportunities for the Early Learning and Childcare workforce as well as others including Early Level teachers, college and university lecturers, and students. 

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