Early Years Scotland's Stay Play and Learn at Home (1:1) service in Dumfries & Galloway has been nominated for a prestigious Herald Society Award.
The service offers intensive personalised support to families who are not accessing mainstream Early Learning and Childcare services in their community. This is often because the parents lack the confidence to attend groups where they do not know the other parents, or because they are anxious about managing their child’s behaviour in public.
An EYS Early Years Practitioner works on a one to one basis with the family either at home or at a suitable alternative venue. Play based sessions, which take place weekly for a minimum of eight weeks, are aimed at helping improve the children’s levels of confidence and communication skills, and strengthening the bonding relationship between them and their parents.
The sessions often focus on enabling the families to leave the house together. Some parents may never have been able to go out as a family before due to many factors and the service works with the family to put strategies in place to enable this to happen.
In 2016/17 75 children were reached through 519 sessions.
The service has been nominated in the Education Initiative of the Year category, and the awards will be presented at a formal awards dinner on 1 November at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.
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