National Youth Choir of Scotland – apply now!

East Lothian Council’s Arts Service in partnership with the National Youth Choir of Scotland is once again able to offer all children in P3-P7 the chance to join a free singing group. In a slight change from previous years, the ten week block will now run from January to March 2018. Please see the attached leaflet for venues, dates and times. Registration is open now via this link The closing date for booking is Tuesday 19th December. For any queries please email

NYCoS Information Leaflet



East Lothian Council is consulting parents and carers on the future provision of early learning and childcare in Musselburgh, Haddington, North Berwick, Tranent and Dunbar and their surrounding areas.

The consultations are all on the East Lothian Consultation Hub – please open the hyperlink below: and run until 23rd October. They cover children’s age ranges up to 12 years old.

We would encourage as many parents as possible to access this; this is your chance to make your opinions known.

Scottish Government Survey – Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland- Please see below

National survey on the expansion of free early learning and childcare in Scotland

As you’ll be aware the Scottish Government is planning to nearly double the hours of free early learning and childcare by 2020. Because the views of parents and carers are crucial for the success of this expansion, the Government has commissioned independent researchers to undertake a survey of parents. It is now asking for your help in sharing the survey link ( with as many parents of 0-5 year old children in your community as possible.

All parents taking part will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw and have the chance to win one of 10 x GBP100 cash prizes.

The survey is carried out for the Scottish Government by Craigforth, an independent research company. If you have any questions about this survey please send a message to:

Special Offer to Families @ The Brunton, Musselburgh

The Brunton, Musselburgh

Special offer: Tickets £5 for ELC school children and parents / carers

Quote: Schools Little Gent offer, only when booking in person or by phone on 0131 665 2240.

 Fri 22 Sep 6.30pm & Sat 23 Sep 3pm

Catherine Wheels Theatre Company


 All the little Gentleman wants is a friend. A friend he can sit in the sun with and watch the birds. But nobody wants to be his friend, until one day he is woken up by a curious dog who just wants to play.

Recommended for everyone aged 4 and over, running time 50mins.


Sanderson’s Wynd Parent Council AGM

Sanderson’s Wynd Parent Council


At 7pm on Tuesday the 12th September in the school

If you would like to become more involved in your child’s education or find out what happens in the school and have your say, come along and be part of a wider community of likeminded friendly parents!

We are currently looking for new office bearers. This is a fantastic, rewarding opportunity for anyone who would like to support the school and make a difference.

Thank you


Fostering in East Lothian

Are you who they’re looking for?

Look out for the new East Lothian ‘Are you who they’re looking for’ fostering campaign being launched this August. Posters should be appearing on lampposts, offices, walls and windows across the county, trying to get more people to take up this excellent career. There’ll also be lots of social media, so we’re hoping that everyone will do their best for East Lothian’s children and young people – even if you can’t foster, please share the message as widely as you can (on social media, by putting up posters or just good old word of mouth).

East Lothian Council’s Education and Children’s Services spokesperson Councillor Shamin Akhtar said:

‘We have children and young people who need foster carers urgently. We had a brilliant response to our campaign at Christmas and the foster carers recruited then have completed their home visits, disclosure checks and training and are now taking on their first young people. However, demand is always growing and we need more people to come forward very soon and give their love and support to some vulnerable children and young people who really, really need them.

‘As you know, we set great store in East Lothian in keeping our looked-after children in or very close to East Lothian, so that very vulnerable children don’t have to change schools or lose touch with their friends and wider families. Not every fostering agency thinks this is important but we do – we really see the value in not sending children far away from everyone and everything they know. So, I’d just like to say how grateful I am to all our foster carers for choosing to Foster East Lothian and for the fantastic job they do – they make a difference every day. I hope that there will be a number of people reading this article now who will also be able to make that difference and be the ones that our children so desperately need.’

To find out more about joining our East Lothian fostering team, please go to or phone us on 01620 827 643. Our next intake of foster carers takes place in September 2017.

A Path to the Future