Working with Children and Families
We believe that all children deserve the best possible start in life to enable them to thrive and reach their potential. We are aware, however, that some children are born into difficult circumstances which can have a harmful impact on their life chances. Poor living conditions, unemployment, parental imprisonment and physical and mental health problems are just some of the issues that can create a stressful home environment, and potentially prevent a child establishing strong, loving bond with their parents.
Developing the relationship between parent and child is a key focus of our services. Early Years Practitioners promote positive communication and social skills in children and parents through modelling consistent, positive behaviours. In line with the Growing Up in Scotland study’s findings that the home learning environment is crucial for young children’s development and later educational achievement, our practitioners also demonstrate the benefits of simple, low/no cost activities, encouraging parents to prepare materials and replicate activities at home.