KIDS- Kids Independently Developing Skills

This website for parents, professionals and young people provides an understanding early child development and  has a range of resources to promote children and young people being as independent as they can be. We have had great feedback from parent who have found this site helpful.


Children focus on task better if they pretend to be Batman

Everyone knows how hard it can be to stay focused on a boring task. It is even harder to not get distracted with all the distractions around us. How often do you find yourself checking social media or news websites when just 15 minutes ago you sat down to do some important work? Now imagine how difficult it would be if you were a young child.

A recent study by Rachel White and her colleagues found that children pretending to be a fictional character are better at resisting distraction and staying on task. They asked children aged 4 to 6 years to complete a boring, slow but supposedly important computer task. It involved pressing the space bar whenever the child saw a picture of cheese or not pressing anything when the screen showed a cat. The children were encouraged to stay on task, but they were informed they could take a break whenever they wanted and go play a game on the iPad, which was left nearby.

Results showed that six year olds spent more time on the task when compared to the four year olds. However, children, who were told to imagine themselves as Batman and were even given a Batman’s cape to wear, spent more time working on the task regardless of their age. This might be explained by the created feeling of self-distance from the task, which has been known to help people prioritise longer-term goals and resist distractions.

You can read the full article here.

Welcome back to all the pupils and teachers in East Renfrewshire! We hope that everyone had a nice summer and are feeling refreshed before getting back to hard work.

During the summer there have been some changes made to our team. We had to say goodbyes to Julie Hughes and Carolynne McKendry, who both took new positions. Our trainees Jennifer Norval and Claire McCluskey have also left. Our team would like to thank for their work and wish them all good luck in their futures.

Some changes have been made to the Educational Psychologist school allocations but you can find the updated information here.

If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch at or call 0141 577 8510.


Bereavement policy launch!

Ainsley McGoldrick worked alongside Education staff and charities such as Child Bereavement UK to develop guidelines for school on supporting children who are affected by bereavement, loss and grief. There guidelines have now been launched at a recent training event which was very well attended by most school in East Renfrewshire. This training was positively evaluated and there is a plan to have a second day next year for those that could not attend. The guidelines provide schools with guidance on how to respond when a bereavement happens in the school community and has information on a number of resources to support this. Leaflets for parents/ carers and children / young people were also produced. There are going to be a number of themed workshops throughout the year to follow this launch. The guidelines and leaflets are now available on our website.

Importance of routine for preschoolers

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We all know that good quality sleep and limited TV time is important for young children’s development. Recently published US research paper looked at the link between early childhood routines and self-regulation and their relationship with weight problems in later years.

The study evaluated three household routines: regular bedtime, regular mealtime and television and video watching limited to an hour or less daily. Parents were asked to evaluate their children’s self-regulation when they were 3 years old. Researchers then studied children’s routines and self-regulation ability in relation to their levels of obesity at 11 years old.

When children were 3 years old, 41% of them had a regular bedtime, 47% had a regular mealtime and 23% were limited to an hour or less daily of TV and videos. Results reported at 11 years old found about 6% of children obese.

You can read more about this study here.