Congratulations and Delight

SftS Lead Preston, Seton, Gosford.

to Sheila, one of the fantastic Support from the Start Leads, and someone whose passion and care for children has shaped her life. Head Teacher of Prestonpans Infant school, Sheila has never stinted in her efforts to open doors and create the best start in life for children in Prestonpans, Port Seton and Gosford areas.

Having taken on further professional development and study, in addition to her Headship and work within the SftS network, she has regularly left colleagues and friends stunned by her incredible work ethic and commitment to a better and brighter future.

Heavily involved in creating the fantastic DadsWork links with her school and cluster area, Sheila has been inspirational in this wonderful project developing into other areas of East Lothian – and she has been instrumental in creating SftS family support workers – a fantastic example of partnership working.

And still she took on more – leaving her day job in safe hands, she was seconded to the University of Edinburgh in January and has subsequently been awarded a fellowship by the Scottish College for Educational Leadership. A remarkable lady indeed and we all feel very lucky to know Sheila and have her at the heart of Support from the Start too.

Scotland’s 1st Play Convention

Play Matters!

Following on from National Playday on August 2nd, with the theme CELEBRATING PLAY to mark 30 years for this event, there is more good news.

Unpacking Loose Parts Play.

ELPA is hosting a fantastic event here in East Lothian, supported by Musselburgh Area Partnership. Open to education staff, support staff, Early Years Practitioners, Youth and Children’s Workers, Health and Well-being and private practice professionals, Childminders, Parents and Carers – anyone interested in finding out more about the benefits and nature of Loose Parts Play….to book, follow the link: Unpacking Loose Parts Play

The Unpacking Loose Parts Play event in East Lothian has 150+ booked places already also. Taking place on Monday 28th August in Musselburgh, the event has a tremendous line-up and will provide answers to many questions around open ended play, it will share inspiration and ideas to help participants develop this amazing resource and highlight excellent practice already taking place here in East Lothian.

Speakers include  Kirsty Wilson of Scrapstore Bristol (PlayPods), Theresa Casey, President of the International Play Association, Kelly Clarke, Loose Parts Play Development Officer for Support from the Start Haddington and organised through Stacey Marko, Play Specialist and East Lothian Play Association ELPA.


Play Scotland is very proud and exciting to announce it will be hosting Scotland’s first Play Convention in October.

Scotland’s 1st PLAY Convention.

With a great line up of speakers, the Nancy Oven Awards and many exhibitors, there is no doubt this is going to be a wonderful event to attend. To book, click on link below.

Play Scotland, 1st PLAY CONVENTION, Edinburgh




Choose Play

Choose Play – A short film for social media, set in East Lothian.

A wonderful new film for social media entitled Choose Play – created by East Lothian Play Association – ELPA, to highlight the opportunities play brings, the many forms it takes, and opportunities for all to enjoy in East Lothian.

East Lothian Play Policy 2017 – 2020

East Lothian Play Policy

Please find, and use, the new Play Policy for East Lothian.

Developed for all children and young people, leading into adulthood, as the importance of play in all its forms throughout life, is recognised.

The work of East Lothian Play Association – ELPA, Theresa Casey Consultancy, Play Scotland, Support from the Start and all other members of the Working Group are recognised as key to the collaboration and success in producing a policy recognised as ‘excellent practice’.


Tackling Fuel Poverty Together: Free Training Event

The Community Liaison and Partnership Team at Home Energy Scotland is running two free training and networking events which are designed to bring together individuals and organisations committed to tackling fuel poverty.

The training will provide an insight into the causes and effects of fuel poverty as well as the support available from Home Energy Scotland to tackle this issue. More information on the course content, dates of training and venue can be found here tackling fuel poverty together training.

For further information about these training events, please call Dagmara Opilka on 0131 468 8682 or email

Support from the Start / Pennypit Family Worker

Support from the Start / Pennypit Family Worker (for Preston, Seton, Gosford ward)

Salary – £25.549

Location – Pennypit Community Development Trust, Prestonpans

Hours – 35 hours – Flexibility will be required

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and families?

We are seeking to appoint a Family Worker who will be dedicated to help children and families in the communities of Prestonpans, Port Seton, Cockenzie and Longniddry (PSG) to get the best start in life. Continue reading “Support from the Start / Pennypit Family Worker”

B-Aware: Breast Cancer Awareness Talks

b-awareBreast Cancer Care is the UK’s leading provider of information, practical assistance and emotional support for anyone affected by breast cancer.

At Breast Cancer Care, we promote the importance of early detection of breast cancer and provide accurate answers to questions about breast health. We believe that up-to-date information, based on clinical evidence, builds confidence and helps people take control of their health.

The aim of the talks is to allow attendees to discuss breast awareness in a relaxed and interactive way, address barriers to the message and debunk myths. We find that what mostly stops people from being breast aware is not knowing what to do or look for and the fear of what they might find.

Talks cover the following:

  • What breast awareness is and why it is important,
  • Identifying the range of things that can be normal in our breasts,
  • Knowing what changes to look and feel for,
  • Gaining confidence in knowing what to do next,
  • Importance of the screening programme,
  • Main risk factors
  • Q&As

For more information and to view the full poster click here.