Review of evidence for impact of physical activity in 5-11 years olds

From this rapid review of the evidence on the outcomes of physical activity participation among children aged 5 – 11 years, the strongest evidence exists for a positive association between physical activity and cardio-metabolic health, muscular strength, bone health, cardiorespiratory fitness, self-esteem, anxiety/stress, academic achievement, cognitive functioning, attention/concentration, confidence, and peer friendship. Therefore these outcomes should underpin the messages used in the new Change4Life campaign.



Scottish Government survey on free childcare


The Scottish Government has proposed to increase the provision of free childcare to 1140 hours per year for children who are 3 or 4 years old, and vulnerable 2 year olds who are eligible for 600 hours through the Children & Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. With this in mind they are conducting a survey exploring how parents of 3 and 4 year olds would wish to use this increase. 

Please share this survey. To produce representative results it is important that it reaches as many parents, from as wide a variety of back grounds, as possible.


East Lothian Kinship Care Support Service

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Jemma and Sandra would like to introduce themselves and the new East Lothian Kinship Care Support Service which is now taking referrals.

We are family support workers who provide a flexible range of services to support Kinship Care Families; this could involve individual support for children or carers or help kinship carers access services.

Our aim is to provide support to kinship carers so they feel better able to cope with any challenges or changes, to feel less isolated and be confident in their role of looking after children or young people.

We will also hope to start up groups in areas of East Lothian that doesn’t already have a Kinship care group.

Contact: tel. 01875 824 000 or via email

East Lothian Kinship Care


Bookbug Week 18–24 May 2015 Bookbug’s Big Bedtime Story

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Bookbug Week 2015 is to take place on 18-24 May, based on the theme of Bookbug Big Bedtime Story.  The Bookbug scheme provides free books to every baby and young child in Scotland.  A range of free special events will be taking place across Scotland to mark the week.


Family Day – Sensory Play Event

RNIB Scotland

Following on from the success of our Launch of our ‘Let Me Play’ DVD, this family day will allow parents/carers to learn more about Sensory Play.  While parents get to know one another, find out about resources and play strategies, your children will be looked after by staff and volunteers. 

Programme for 13 June 2015

A crèche will be provided for 0-5 year olds.

Date and Venue;

Saturday 13 June 2015, 10am – 2.30pm

Royal Blind School, 43-45 Canaan Lane, Edinburgh, EH10 4SG



First Step – Universal Credit (Information about the Welfare Benefit changes that may or has affected you)

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Universal Credit

(Information about the Welfare Benefit changes that may or has affected you)


19th May 2015



If you are interested in any of the above groups, please do not hesitate to contact usfor more information.

Please have a look at our website for more details about what we offer.

First Step Community Project

0131 665 0848