Early Years Scotland’s (EYS) Annual National Conference on Saturday 14 September saw the official launch of the EYS national storytelling campaign, Every Day’s a Story Day.
A sell-out 370 delegates gathered in Glasgow to hear the leading Scottish actor, David Hayman, accompanied by children from Woodlands Outdoor Nursery, narrate an original story written especially for the campaign by children in EYS member settings across Scotland.
Every Day’s a Story Day aims to promote the long-term benefits of children hearing stories from the very earliest days of their lives. Parents, children and Early Learning and Childcare settings can pledge their support by signing an online ‘Story Scroll’.
David Hayman has joined First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other public figures and celebrities including Kirsty Wark, Fred McAulay, Des Clarke, Catriona Shearer and Graham Spiers, in signing up as a ‘Story Champion’ to support the campaign.
The conference also heard a fascinating keynote presentation from Aldo Fortunati and Barbara Pagni from La Bottega di Gepetto in San Miniato in Italy, giving an insight into how staff in San Miniato care for, and nurture children to help them become the ‘principal character’ in their ELC experience.
The event was hosted by the journalist and former BBC presenter, Clare English and other speakers included Professor Sue Ellis and Deirdre Grogan from the University of Strathclyde; Children’s Minister Maree Todd MSP; Catherine Agnew from the Care Inspectorate; and EYS Chief Executive, Jean Carwood-Edwards, Depute Chief Executive, Jane Brumpton, and Head of Professional Learning, Michele Doull.
Speakers' presentations and film footage of the conference will be posted to the website soon.
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