Big Hopes Big Future

Befriending Support in Fa’side. We all need a hand sometimes. 

 

A new befriending support project running in Fa’side – Tranent Cluster started this year. This project focuses on helping children and families prepare and be ready for transition to nursery or primary school.

Guest Speaker: Evelyn Swinton of Big Hopes Big Future project.

The project is run through Home-Start East Lothian, and the co-ordinator, Evelyn Swinton, was guest speaker at the Parent Council AGM on 25th June. (Big Hopes Big Future is being rolled out nationally, having started in England and now funded locally and in Aberdeen for families with young children, not yet in school).

Evelyn shared this short media film, made here in the Tranent cluster, which gives an indication of what the project aims to do and how it works. The joy of giving caring support at the right times, is how much it can benefit the children, not just the parents.

By providing friendly but high quality of support to families, whether new to the area or facing some particular difficulties, parents can work with their peers to help get life back on track.

The Parent Council and staff present enjoyed the presentation and appreciated Evelyn’s time in answering questions too. All hope that any local families with a young child, who could benefit from a friendly face there to help and support, will be able to be matched to the Big Hopes Big Future volunteers and also benefit from the programme.

To find out more about Home-Start or BHBF project, please contact Home-Start East Lothian.

Home-Start East Lothian
Early Years Centre,
Sandersons Wynd,
Tranent,
East Lothian EH33 1DA
Tel: 01875 616066
  • Volunteers receive training and support from the East Lothian team.
  • Families supported through BHBF or other Home-Start volunteers, or the Support from the Start Family Support Worker Heather, can be assured of being matched to a very caring and understanding person who will work with them to ensure the help needed is provided.
  • Families and volunteers tend to report a sense of developing a real friend and having a lot of fun too.

Scotland’s Play Strategy

Scotland’s First National Play Strategy. (2013)

Scotland’s Play Strategy

Children’s play is crucial to Scotland’s well being; socially, economically and environmentally. Our people are our greatest resource and the early years of life set the pattern for children’s future development.

‘The experiences children have in early life – and the environments in which they have them – shape their developing brain architecture and strongly affect whether they grow up to be healthy, productive members of society’ (Harvard University, 2007).

Play is an essential part of a happy, healthy childhood and ‘when children play their brains do two things: they grow and the become organised and usable’ (Hughes, 2013). By investing in all our children and young people now we can strengthen their ability to achieve their full potential.

Listen, Think, Draw

It was lovely to have Clare Mills of Listen, Think, Draw in school,

to work with so many of the pupils, some of the parents and the staff to create a visual storyboard of the vision and values / ethos of the school on Tuesday.

Lots shared, particularly by the pupils involved, to further expand on the ideas already collated – and this should make a lovely representative display for the foyer, which may be added to in time.

Thanks Clare!

Friends of Pencaitland Parks

Interested in improvements to the local park(s)? With Woodhall Park just finished – and inspiration from Ormiston Park (work in progress) and others like Cuthill Park…can Pencaitland rise to the challenge?

All our children need to play…and so you are invited to get together to help develop options.

Friday 9th March, Winton Arms, just before pick up (11-12am) is when it all starts, with a chat.

Fostering in East Lothian

Could you foster?

Spare Room – Sophie’s Room?

Do you have room in your home and your heart?We used virtual reality to show people how their spare room could change a child's life. Most hadn't considered fostering before. Watch them change their minds.

Posted by Action for Children on Saturday, January 27, 2018

If you are interested and would like to find out more…..please get in touch with fostering@eastlothian.gov.uk.

East Lothian has a significant shortfall in foster homes – someone with a spare room and caring heart could be all it takes to start the process. Applicants are supported throughout by an ELC dedicated team, to determine if this is a good opportunity and you could make a significant difference to young children in your care, so there’s no need to worry about jumping right in to delivering the care – vetting and training are part of the process.

More info can be found here.

Why do foster carers decide to foster?

Why do foster carers decide to foster? We wanted to know more. We invited them in for a chat, but there was one small catch… we didn't tell them that it wouldn't be us asking the questions.

Posted by Action for Children on Monday, January 15, 2018

 

 

SPTC has a new name.

Connect. 

The Scottish Parent Teaching Council – which Pencaitland PS is a member of – has re-branded.

The new name reflects the growth and the direction of partnerships between parents and carers, pupils, school staff and local authorities / education in Scottish Government.

At Connect we strive to make parental involvement in Scottish education as good as it can be. We do this by working with parents and educators. We provide information, advice and training, all focussed on parental engagement in children’s learning. Sign up for our eNewsletters here and Parents’ Voice survey group here. Connect is a trading name of Scottish Parent Teacher Council, a Scottish charity funded mostly by membership.

 

Parent Council invitation…for you.

Especially for you – and you, and you.

Parent Council video…takes less than 2 mins to watch. 

“Every parent and carer involved with the school and their child’s education is making a difference.”

PPS Parent Council

Parent Council invites you…. Animated Video created using Animaker – https://www.animaker.com

Posted by Loreen Pardoe on Friday, February 2, 2018