A unique new service which focuses on closing the attainment gap and aims to help improve the transition between nursery and school, will be introduced in 28 primary schools in Glasgow this autumn.
The ‘P1 Stay Play and Learn’ service run by Scotland’s leading specialist early years organisation, Early Years Scotland, will offer parents the opportunity to attend shared play and learning experiences to support their children before, when starting, and during Primary 1.
The service will be facilitated by fully qualified and experienced Early Years Practitioners, and will deliver informal, play based sessions in primary schools with parents who will be encouraged to participate fully in their children’s learning from the start of school!
Funding is provided through the new 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, and have commissioned Early Years Scotland to start delivering from August 2017.
Early Years Scotland Chief Executive, Jean Carwood-Edwards, said:
“We know that many of our youngest children can be significantly affected by the attainment gap by the time they start school, and that is why Early Years Scotland argues for even greater investment and resources for Early Learning and Childcare at the earliest possible time in children’s lives.
“The transition to formal schooling is an important time for children, and indeed parents. We believe that by expanding our successful Stay Play and Learn model into primary schools, we can help to make the transition a very enjoyable, positive and progressive experience for all. We support child and parent early interaction and bonding experiences which have a positive impact on young children's early learning and development.
“Parents have told us that attending Stay Play and Learn sessions* with their children enables them to play much better with their children at home, and we know that this is a powerful factor in increasing and improving their children's life chances and closing the attainment gap.”
*Early Years Scotland’s existing Stay Play and Learn sessions run in communities across Glasgow, Dumfries & Galloway, Aberdeen and West Lothian, and in six Scottish prisons.
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