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Minister set to launch Early Years Scotland Nursery trial

Posted in News on Thursday, 03 August 2017
Minister set to launch Early Years Scotland Nursery trial The Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald MSP, will tomorrow (Friday 4 August) officially launch a new, radical type of nursery provision for two year olds where parents stay and support their children’s learning.

The ‘2 Stay Play and Learn’ service is one of the Scottish Government’s Early Learning and Childcare expansion trials, and has been running in the Kincorth and Northfield areas of Aberdeen since the beginning of the year. It is delivered by Early Years Scotland in partnership with Aberdeen City Council.

The alternative approach of 2 Stay Play and Learn focuses on two year old children experiencing disadvantage. 

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

“We are looking forward to welcoming the Minister along to our service at Kirkhill Primary School in Kincorth to officially launch 2 Stay Play and Learn. 

“It really is an alternative approach to nursery provision, and potentially a very powerful model. It is one which we believe will truly trigger transformational change for children and families at the earliest possible stage in their lives.

“Instead of dropping their children off at the nursery, the parents stay therefore allowing the children to be with their parents while still enjoying the benefits of nursery at the same time. It also means that parents who do not want to be separated from their two year old children are encouraged to stay and support their children’s learning alongside qualified Early Years Scotland staff.

“Feedback from parents who have used the sessions in the first few months suggests that the emphasis on parental engagement and shared play and learning experiences have helped them feel much more confident and closer to their children.”


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