Fed up of your child catching colds?

  • The average child gets 12 colds a year and the symptoms can last two weeks or more. There is no cure!
  • The Childrens’ Hospital in Edinburgh are doing a study to see if using salt water nose drops help children with colds get better more quickly and less likely to pass on the cold to others.
  • You can sign up at any time to take part during your child’s next cold!
  • You only need to attend one appointment to sign up. Your child doesn’t have to attend.

If you’d like to find out more go to: www.elviskids.co.uk or contact the ELVIS Kids study nurse on 07973 657457.

Families completing the study will receive a £30 voucher and reasonable travel expenses to compensate for any inconvenience.

Continue reading Fed up of your child catching colds?

Asthma: Week 35 25 – 31 August – A Guide for Patients/Carers

Rise in Asthma Attacks

Did you know there is a rise in Asthma Attacks in August when pupils go back to school after their summer holidays?

Each year we see an increase in asthma attacks in children when they return to school which often result in admission to hospital. 

Check out our top tips to try and avoid this happening.

Remember, asthma attacks are serious and you need to get help day or night if your child is not responding to their blue inhaler.

A summer of fun with arts activities for ages 5 – 18.

East Lothian Council’s Arts Service has programmed a fun packed summer of creative activities to fill the holidays. The programme includes: multi arts camps, youth theatre, musical theatre, streetdance, computer animation, beach art, outdoor theatre and more.

Art Camps take place in Haddington, Musselburgh, Haddington, North Berwick and Dunbar. Young people aged 6 – 12 can enjoy a variety of art and craft activities during these multi day camps.

East Lothian Youth Theatre Network tutors are running drama programmes for ages 5 – 7 and 8 – 12, based at The Brunton in Musselburgh. Further drama skills workshops are also on offer for 12 – 18 year olds as well as a Musical Theatre day for 10 – 14 year olds.

Streetdance and breakdance weeks led by dance professionals, take place in Musselburgh and North Berwick for P1 – 3 and P4 – 7, with an end of week showing of what has been learned.

It is great to get outdoors during the long holiday. Beach Games in North Berwick is a fun day being creative outside, including making eco bricks. Whilst in Musselburgh at day at the beach is on offer with b

Computer Xplorers are back with their popular programme of: Lego Animation, Minecraft, Video Game Design and Lego Robotics. Workshops take place in Musselburgh, Haddington and Dunbar.

All Summer Arts Activities can be booked at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/summeractivities .

Also for families – Edinburgh Fringe Festival comes to Musselburgh:

This summer The Brunton once again brings the much loved Quantum Theatre back to Inversek Lodge Garden for The Wind In The Willows, a delightful afternoon of family outdoor theatre – part of their Fringe Festival line up. Join Mole, Ratty and Badger on their mad cap adventures on Saturday 17 August at 3pm. A heart warming tale for all ages.

Tickets for outdoor theatre can be booked from The Brunton box office on 0131 665 2240 / thebrunton.co.uk . Inveresk Lodge Garden, Musselburgh is a National Trust for Scotland property.

FREE residential CyberFirst Courses for 14-17 Year Olds

CyberFirst are hosting three week-long residential courses in Paisley this summer.  They are organised and funded by the National Cyber Security Centre as part of the CyberFirst programme.

You can learn cyber security skills and get an insight into cyber security careers.  Completion of the courses, which are residential, will earn you Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) credit points (including a certificate), and the learning can count in part towards completion of the SQA National Progression Awards at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6.

The three courses are:

Please click on the links above for more information.

DYW Jobs Roadshow, North Berwick, 28th February 09:00 to 13:00

S4-S6 school summer leaver? Young college leaver?
Left school within the last three years?
Join us to get Informed, Inspired, Hired!

Meet employers advertising live jobs,
apprenticeships and intern opportunities across a
variety of industries at the 2018 Jobs Roadshow.
To confirm your attendance, speak to your guidance teacher.

Download poster:  Jobs Roadshow Poster – East Lothian

Training Opportunity for Staff in Primary and Secondary Schools

The ‘Bloke of Steel’, Paul Register, is coming to East Lothian.

East Lothian School Libraries have been given funding from the Scottish Government School Library Improvement Fund for various planned activities. As part of this they are offering teaching, and any other interested staff, the opportunity to attend a workshop as detailed below.

The ‘Bloke of Steel’, Paul Register, is coming to East Lothian to work with staff and pupils in the Authority on graphic novels and their use in schools and school libraries. Paul is an Educational Speaker/trainer specialising in comics and graphic novels and will be giving an introduction to the world of graphic novels and how they can be used in schools and school libraries, both Primary and Secondary. He is a top authority on graphic novels and the founder of the Excelsior and Excelsior Junior annual awards. This is a rare opportunity to work with Paul as he is seldom in Scotland.

See his website www.blokeofsteel.co.uk for more information.

Paul will also be working with pupils from all 6 secondary schools to choose appropriate stock for the school libraries in conjunction with this so a great opportunity for East Lothian.

2 sessions for Primary and Secondary staff are offered.

CFE050 Seminar 1; Dunbar Grammar School – Thursday 1st March 2018 – 4.15pm – 6pm

CFE051  Seminar 2; Ross High School – Friday 2nd March 2018 – 1.15pm – 3pm

Both sessions will be covering the same topics.

Booking is essential – please e-mail Education Training & Development to book a -place – staffdevelopment.ecs@eastlothian.gov.uk  quoting the appropriate course reference.

It’s now so easy to find activities for young people with additional support needs!

Are you ready to Get Connected?

Get Connected is a website that helps you find local sport, art and youth groups in East Lothian.

  • Find accessible activities on the Get Connected MAP
  • Watch VIDEOS of what local kids have been up to
  • Meet your ‘Get Connected’ CHAMPIONS which are organisations that champion inclusion in your community

Get started and find loads of fun activities today!

We also have a Facebook and Twitter where we upload loads of useful info too.

If you do any cool activities already, let us know with the #getconnectedELC hashtag! We’d love to share your pics and videos.



New resource for 4-7 year olds – Thinkuknow needs you!

Work with children aged 4-7 and/or their parents/carers?

Thinkuknow are developing a brand new resource for 4 to 7 year olds and would like to hear from you…

Children are using technology and exploring the online world from a younger age. Thinkuknow are developing a new resource to help build young children’s resilience online and give them the skills to explore all the digital world has to offer safely.

They need a comprehensive picture of the online behaviour of 4-7 year olds and hope you can help them by completing their Professionals survey and promoting their Parents/Carers survey.

Professionals survey: Aimed at those working with children aged 4-7 years

Thinkuknow would like to hear from practitioners about what is most effective when educating children about online safety. Complete the professionals survey here.

Parents/Carers survey: Aimed at parents/carers with children aged 4-7 years

Help Thinkuknow to gather as many parents/carers views as possible by sharing the survey with the parents you work with. Make sure they have their say about online safety and what works for their family. Complete the parents survey here.



New ComputerXplorers Club – Game Design at Campie Primary

Create and play your own video game !  New club at Campie Primary Schools starts on the 9th January.

Did you know Touch screens are SO yesterday, now people can design video sensing games that require no touch! You will delight at waving your arms around to play games, pop bubbles, swat flies, whack-a-mole or interact with one of your own wacky creations! In this class you will learn programming, video sensing, cloning, sound editing and more with the very latest software. 

Open to all P4 – P7s

Sign up now! Places limited! Visit our website at www.sescotland.computerxplorers.co.uk


Young Scot 5 Rights Youth Leadership Group – Final 2 places available

Young Scot 5 Rights Youth Leadership Group – Final 2 places available
Aged 11-15 | Ongoing | National – Central Belt

There are two final spaces remaining on the 5Rights Youth Leadership Group. This fantastic opportunity will focus on young people’s rights in the digital world and is targeted at young people aged 11-15 who face greater inequalities, to ensure an accurate representation of the diverse young people in Scotland. The 5Rights Youth Leadership Group will be a group of 30 young people from all across Scotland. They will spend 12 months investigating how we can implement some of the 5Rights Youth Commission’s recommendations to the Scottish Government, on realising their rights as young people in the digital world.
For more information, please visit https://young.scot/things-to-do/events/edinburgh/join-the-5rights-youth-leadership-group/ or contact our 5Rights Co-ordinator, Maggie Tam: MaggieT@young.scot