Parentline

The Children 1st Parentline is available to offer emotional, practical and financial advice and support to parents and carers.

This can be a one off call/webchat or continued advice and support over an extended period of time.

Please make use of this service if you are finding things difficult right now.

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The Big Vote from the Children’s Parliament

On Friday 15th January 2020, Children’s Parliament will launch The Big Vote, a national vote for 8 – 14 year olds that will ask how we can make Scotland a more fair, inclusive, sustainable and prosperous place now and in the future.

How can children take part in the vote?

The vote will take the form of an anonymous survey and can be completed on the Children’s Parliament website at the following link from January 15th: https://www.childrensparliament.org.uk/the-big-ideas-big-vote/

What will children be voting on?

Throughout 2020 Children’s Parliament has been listening to the views and experiences of children across Scotland. Children identified four ‘Big Problems’ – climate change, discrimination, poverty and digital inequality – that they think need to be fixed now. We asked children across Scotland to share their ‘Big Ideas’ for how to fix the Big Problems and this vote is all about finding out which Big Ideas children think would make the biggest difference.

How long will the vote run?

The vote will be open from January 15th at 9:00am to January 19th at 6:00pm.

How can I help?

We want adults across Scotland to help make sure as many children as possible take part in this vote. You can help by sharing this email with anyone who could support children to take part in the vote. We have attached a range of images that you can also share via email, Twitter and Facebook.

Why is The Big Vote happening?

Children’s Parliament is working in partnership with the Scottish Youth Parliament as part of The Action Project, hosted by the David Hume Institute, which aims to get children and adults all across Scotland thinking about what we need to do to move faster towards a country that is more ‘prosperous, sustainable, inclusive and fair’. Very importantly, this Project will develop ambitious yet concrete Big Ideas to do this that can be turned into real action. This vote will help us to know which Big Ideas are most popular amongst Scotland’s children.

What will happen as a result of the vote?

Children will vote on the Big Ideas using a range of criteria and the top two Big Ideas will be made into animations. These will be presented to the Action Project for consideration alongside other ideas from children, young people and adults across Scotland.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Orlaith at orlaith@childrensparliament.org.uk

 

NHS Lothian Children’s Services website

NHS Lothian is working to create a new website for Children’s Services and all child health information for families living in the Lothian area.  The site will focus on information for children, young people, parents, carers and families about our hospitals, clinics, treatments and conditions, etc. helping empower them with information about their health care, and reduce anxiety by giving young people a place to understand about coming to hospital for an admission, tests, or for a clinic appointment.  The site will launch in 2021 and will also include information about the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh.

An online survey is open for children, young people and their parents and carers to help shape the design of the site by sharing feedback on some of the styles the website might take.  The survey is anonymous and will only take 5-6 minutes to complete.

Thank you

https://forms.gle/GF8tfYQdSFvd44jXA

 

P1 Enrolment for August 2021

Normally parents would attend their catchment primary school to complete an enrolment form for their child for the Primary 1 (P1) intake in August 2021.  Due to the current restrictions on parents/carers entering school buildings during the Covid-19 pandemic, this is not possible this year and we have to centrally allocate a place for your child based on the address currently held in their education record.

What happens next?

I would like to apply for a place at the catchment Roman Catholic (denominational) School

Please complete an online application and upload birth certificates, proof of address, baptism certificate before 31 January 2021 at:

https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/primary-one-enrolment-august-2021-application

I would like to apply for a place in a non-catchment school

You are required to make this request in writing.  This can be done by downloading and completing a non-catchment placing request form, which can be obtained at: http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/schoolenrolandplacingrequests

 

Moving house prior to August 2021

If you move house at any time prior to the start of the school session in August 2021, it may change the school your child is due to attend.  A place awarded to a pupil based on an old address may be withdrawn.  As such, it is crucial that you contact us immediately regarding any change of address by emailing schoolplacements@eastlothian.gov.uk

 

Further information

If you wish more information or assistance in relation to P1 places, there is lots of information on the East Lothian Council website or please do not hesitate to contact School Placements by emailing schoolplacements@eastlothian.gov.uk

All communications to:  schoolplacements@eastlothian.gov.uk

Consultation on Free Bus Travel for under 19’s

Consultation on Free Bus Travel for under 19’s

As you may be aware, the Scottish Government plan to launch a new national travel concession scheme to provide free bus travel for young people under the age of 19. They anticipate that legislation to underpin the scheme would be required to be laid in Parliament in early 2021 and the scheme would come into effect later in 2021.

For the next six weeks (until Monday 7th December), Transport Scotland are running a consultation in regards to this scheme to gather information on the most appropriate ways to provide this free travel to best suit young people. They are hoping the consultation will reach as many members of the public as possible, especially to those who will be impacted by the proposals, including children and young people, their parents and carers and people who work with children in a paid or voluntary capacity.

The consultation can be found on https://www.transport.gov.scot/consultation/consultation-on-free-bus-travel-for-people-resident-in-scotland-aged-under-19/

More information on the proposed scheme can be found on https://www.transport.gov.scot/news/consulting-on-free-bus-travel-for-young-people-under-19/

 

East Lothian Library Service

Libraries have been sharing a weekly programme of content for families, children and young people on our Facebook page from the beginning of lockdown.  This aims to replicate what would be happening in our libraries.  I’ve attached an idea of the current weekly schedule for your information.

They are moving this content away from the main library Facebook page to a dedicated children and families area at https://www.facebook.com/Children-Young-People-at-East-Lothian-Libraries-100305531897365 and would love you to like the page and engage with the content. With a dedicated page they will be better able to engage and respond to enquiries making it easier to shape the content those using the page would like.