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.
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.
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.
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.
The Open Morning scheduled for Tuesday 23rd January has been cancelled for P7 only due to Mr Kingsbury being absent. This does not affect any other years and the Open Morning will go ahead as scheduled for all other classes.
The new Play Policy for East Lothian is already being acclaimed as an example of excellent practice – the consultation carried out through to the finished document – and this is now to be embedded throughout East Lothian.
Official launch today – 23rd August – so please do download your copy now – for personal use, for groups and schools, all settings for children and young people.
No two children are the same, no two adults are either, but there’s no two ways about it, when adults play with children and children invite adults to play with them, it’s like a whole load of fairy dust is sprinkled around.
“Giving our time to our children is one of the most magical gifts we can ever bestow upon them.” Remember that feeling when you were young and your mum and dad joined in a game with you? When they taught you a game they used to play? When you just all had a whole heap of fun together? Maybe it was a favourite aunt or uncle – or your friend’s parents that included you – whoever it was, it was a very special time in your childhood.
So now, we have a very special chance to share in some break-time with our kids. Join them in the playground Mon-Thurs (any day that suits you, and more than one if you can) during lunch break. Have fun together.
If they have hit that age that they don’t think it is so cool (hard to imagine of course 🙂 ) – then join their friends’ parents and just enjoy being reacquainted with games of your childhood again.
12-22 June ’17 is open to parents, grandparents and carers of children in PPS to roll back the years, get up to date with their games now – you might even want to just get a bit arty and create some story and number stones :).
If you have younger children too – please come on Wed of week 1 (14th June) or Thurs of week 2 (22nd June) – and, of course, keep a close eye on them. It will be a different experience for the pupils to have such little ones there too.
So, get your diaries out and score off BUSY on any of these lunchtimes…mark it up “Making Memories Together at PPS”