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

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



School Should Be A Joyful Place – Children’s Parliament.

School should be a Joyful Place

– Report by the Children’s Parliament. Find the full document here.

School should be a joyful place.

Children’s Parliament is Scotland’s Centre for Excellence for Children’s Participation and Engagement. Our work draws on children’s participation in Children’s Parliament programmes, projects and consultations from 2008 to 2016. Some work is named in the body of the report, all of the referenced work is identified in the appendix. The illustrations come from several Children’s Parliament programmes and consultations and from a workshop with children in December 2016 where they reviewed our findings and authenticated the key messages presented here. The views and experiences shared in this report give us much food for thought, especially in the context of Scotland’s aspiration of becoming the best place to go to school. What children have said has also been the basis of a formal submission to the Scottish Government’s Education Governance Review (2016).

Six Themes were identified by the children and projects used.

Part 1: A school that is excellent and equal

Part 2: Having a say about learning and life at school

Part 3: Support at school

Part 4: Getting parents and carers involved with school

Part 5: Teachers

Part 6: Other topics • Play, sport and physical activity • Poverty • Technology • Homework • Wellbeing


SAMH – for Scotland’s Mental Health

SAMH is working hard to support provision of mental health services in Scotland and to improve attitudes and policies surrounding mental health.
They are looking into situations where young people have been referred to a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for support, but then haven’t been accepted by that service for various reasons. They want to hear from any young person who has experienced this scenario and may ask to include you/ your experiences in some research.

To contribute, fill out this survey and feel free to share with any friends, classmates, family members or other young people you know who may have experienced this sort of situation. (Perhaps they were never even referred despite needing help and support?). The survey is targeted towards the past 2 years, from January 2016.

“SAMH are committed to finding out more about why this happens and what happens to the children and young people who are not accepted on to the service”. (This may also interest those if ‘very quickly discharged’).

How to Stop A Bully

Being Bullied hurts – a lot.

It can result in longterm difficulties and problems for many children, right into adulthood.

Brooke Gibbs is a social skills educator and teaches Conflict Resolution and Emotional Resilience through sharing understanding about “Dominance theory” to students.

How To Stop A Bully

This video just might fix your kid's bullying problem!More resources at

Posted by Brooks Gibbs on Monday, October 16, 2017


If interested – more resources can be found through website

Active Schools Volunteering

Active Schools – Volunteering Opportunity at PPS


Our Active School’s Co-ordinator, Laurie Daborn, is inviting parents, carers, local folk, aunties, uncles and others to take up volunteering in Pencaitland Primary to create more opportunities for kids to take part in fun, enjoyable and active past-times here in the village.




If you, or someone you know over the age of 16, is interested in finding out more, please get in touch with Laurie or pass your details into school.

Training is given and it’s a lot of fun for all.

Respect Me

New anti-bullying policy marks commitment to foster respect for all.

School children

The Education Committee of East Lothian Council approved ‘Respect for All’ in June 2017, a new anti-bullying policy that aims to ensure a consistent approach in tackling bullying behaviour in schools and other childcare settings.

The policy development was supported by ‘respectme’, Scotland’s anti-bullying service, and follows consultation with staff, school councils, parents and children. The policy is designed to ensure a consistent approach across all education settings in East Lothian, in line with the Scottish Government’s ‘National Approach to Anti-Bullying for Scotland’s Children and Young People’.

Fiona Robertson, Head of Education at East Lothian Council, said:

“East Lothian is committed to creating and sustaining a safe, positive, and inclusive environment for everyone in our all of our schools and learning environments. Respect For All follows rigorous consultation with school staff and the wider school community including parent and pupil councils, parents and carers, and of course, our children and young people. It provides clear guidelines on what to do when bullying behaviour is reported, and will ensure that all incidents are consistently dealt with in a constructive and fair manner. All of our colleagues and partner agencies will be informed of this policy, to ensure a consistent approach across East Lothian.”

Shamin Akhtar, Cabinet Spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services, said:

“Every child and young person has the right to grow up free from bullying behaviour and enjoy a learning environment which welcomes diversity and nurtures respect. This policy marks a clear commitment from the council and its partners to protect children and young people from bullying, and respond quickly and effectively to all forms of bullying behaviour. I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to contribute to this policy.Tackling bullying is the responsibility of everyone in the school community, and we must all work to create a culture that encourages respect, values opinions, celebrates differences and promotes positive relationships which makes it difficult for bullying behaviour to flourish. This policy makes clear that such behaviour won’t be tolerated.”


Continue reading “Respect Me”

East Lothian Play Policy Launched

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.

#BeKind #Kindness

What’s the Colour of Love?

Anti-Bullying. Caring. Kindness. EMPATHY.

Children are such amazing, compassionate, caring and openly loving young human beings.

Sometimes though, they disconnect from others around them, and their behaviour can be callous, cruel and destructive. Often without ever realising, especially in this digital age and one where so many influences affect our young kids long before they are old enough to start processing things clearly.

Continue reading “#BeKind #Kindness”