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Learning Families – Intergenerational Approaches to Literacy Teaching and Learning

“All of the programmes featured in this publication by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning  share valuable experiences and lessons. They reflect a view of effective learning families whereby each child is a member of a family, and within a learning family every member is a lifelong learner. Among disadvantaged families and communities in particular, a family literacy and learning approach is more likely to break the intergenerational cycle of low education and literacy skills..” (Elfert and Hanermann 2014)



Family Learning Research

This report presents findings from a study of family literacy programmes in England carried out by the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) between July 2013 and May 2015. This mixed-methods study was funded by the Nuffield Foundation and explored: 1) the impact of school-based family literacy programmes on young children’s progress in reading and writing; and 2) how parents translate and implement what they learn in these classes into the home literacy environment. This study provides evidence that after attending family literacy sessions children improve their literacy skills and there are positive changes in the home literacy environment.




We thought we’d let you know of an event hosted by Inspiring Scotland and Children in Need and supported by Jeely Piece to look at lots of different ways to facilitate play.

The event is designed to showcase the raft of playful activities that can be delivered for disadvantaged children and young people across Scotland, playful opportunities that require little or no equipment, and that can be utilised in family’s homes, in their communities and in schools. Play can make a massive difference in the lives of children and young people and not just at an early age. This event will demonstrate how play activities can be delivered in different ways with all age groups.

The event will also look at how funding is available to charitable organisations to kick start and support playful opportunities that enhance the lives of Scotland’s children and young people.

The event is practical and will be both indoors and outdoors, so please come dressed appropriately for the weather on the day and wear outdoor shoes.

During the day workshops will be on offer:
o Inclusive Play – Capability Scotland
o Play Rangers and Street Play – Possibilities for Each and Every Kid
o Active Play – Agile, Healthy Valleys and Jeely Piece Club
o Risky Play – Play Scotland and Care Commission
o Cooking Outdoors and Fire Play – Broxburn Family Centre
o Mini Play Rangers – Parent Action for Safe Play and Youth Scotland

You can register here.



Midlothian-based author Simon Puttock, who lives in Newtongrange won the Bookbug Reader’s (3-7 yrs) category for his picture book Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School, illustrated by Ali Pye. Published by Nosy Crow, the book follows Mouse on her first day at Miss Moon’s Moonlight School for all the small creatures of the night, but she is very shy, too shy to even say hello. Luckily, with help from Miss Moon and her new friends Bat, Cat and Owl, a game of hide-and-seek makes Mouse feel right at home.

Simon Puttock

Simon is no stranger to the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, having won a 2006 Award for Little Lost Cowboy, and appearing on both the 2008 and 2010 shortlists. Born in New Zealand, he travelled all over the world with his family as a child. He wanted to be a vet when he was little, but grew up to become a bookseller. He was particularly interested in children’s books and was chosen to be a Children’s Whitbread judge. He has since become a full-time writer, creating over 30 children’s books.

Commenting on his win, Simon said:

“What does it mean to me to win the award? Apart from it meaning me being enormously (but happily) surprised, it means being able to take huge pleasure in the fact that Ali’s and my book is out there, having an unpredictable but entirely satisfactory life of its own. What more could we wish for?”

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Have you read the story to children? What interests them in the story? How do you make the story come alive? Tell via Twitter or share your ideas via Glow Early Learn

Scottish Book Trust Announces 2016/17 Bookbug Bag Books


Scottish Book Trust is pleased to announce the books chosen for the 2016/17 Bookbug Bags.

The books to be distributed free to every baby, toddler and 3-year-old in Scotland between Spring 2016 and Spring 2017, are as follows:

Bookbug Baby Bag
• One, two, three…Run! by Carol Thomson (Child’s Play)
• Happy Baby Playtime by Toby Reynolds and Paul Calver (Hachette)
• Peekaboo Farm by Emily Bolam (MacMillan)

Bookbug Toddler Bag
• Pants! by Giles Andreae and Nick Sharratt (Random House)
• Say Hello Like This! by Mary Murphy (Walker Books)
• Flip and Find Builders by Samantha Meredith (Campbell Books – MacMillan)

In 2015, Scottish Book Trust and Live Music Now Scotland came together to provide 10 weekly music sessions at an Early Years Centre in Edinburgh and have created a new CD of music, songs and rhymes. This CD and an egg shaker will now be distributed in the Bookbug Toddler Bag. You can read more about this here.

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Bookbug Explorer Bag
• Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson (Walker Books)
• The Disgusting Sandwich by Gareth Edwards and Hannah Shaw (Scholastic, UK)
• Goodnight Tractor by Michelle Robinson and Nick East (Penguin)

The bags gifted to 3-year-olds at nursery, formerly Pirate themed, are now called Explorer bags. This change will come into effect in March 2016.

Catriona Wallace, Head of Early Years at Scottish Book Trust said:
We are very excited to announce the new titles for this year’s Bookbug Bags. Our expert panel has carefully selected books by fantastic authors and illustrators and we hope that mums, dads and carers will enjoy sharing these stories with their children. Bookbug bags are a fun way to introduce your babies and toddlers to stories, songs and rhymes, and boost their language and listening skills.”

Bookbug is Scotland’s national book gifting programme, gifting books to every baby, toddler, 3 and 5-year-old in Scotland in four free Bookbug bags:
• Baby Bag (gifted by a health visitor to every baby)
• Toddler Bag (gifted by a health visitor to every toddler)
• Explorer Bag (gifted at nursery to every 3-year-old)
• Primary 1 Family Bag (gifted at school to every P1 pupil)

The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag for 2016/17 will include free copies of the three shortlisted books from the Bookbug category of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, which will be announced in September 2016. These bags will be distributed to Primary 1 children during Book Week Scotland in late November.

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For more information go to the Scottish Book Trust website.

Scottish Book Trust: Every Toddler in Scotland to Receive Free Song and Rhyme CD

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Bookbug, Scotland’s national book gifting programme, has today (24 February 2016) unveiled a brand new music CD which will be given out free to every toddler in Scotland.


Featuring a collection of traditional and contemporary songs and rhymes, including a special bonus track from Dolly Parton’s “I Believe in You” Imagination Library album, the CD will be gifted by health visitors directly to parents in the Bookbug Toddler Bag.

The collection of music was put together by a variety of talented musicians and singers and young children. Working in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland and with funding from Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative, Scottish Book Trust invited musician, Marianne Fraser to undertake a music residency at the Fort Early Years Centre in Leith. The findings of this residency were then used to inform the development of the new CD.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People said:
“Improving literacy in our children and young people is a key priority for this Government and we know that learning begins long before school. That’s why we are investing in initiatives like Bookbug which encourages parents to play a part in their child’s learning through fun activities like reading and singing. This helps a child’s development and can give them the skills and abilities that will make it easier for them to keep learning as they grow. These new CDs are a fantastic addition to the Bookbug pack and will be enjoyed by children and families across the country.”


57,500 copies of the Bookbug Toddler CD have been produced to include in the Bookbug Toddler Bag which will be gifted to every toddler in Scotland in March 2016.

For more information go to the Scottish Booktrust website

SLF 2016 – Got something to share about early learning and childcare?

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SLF 2016 takes place on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 September in Glasgow. As you know already, SLF provides high quality continuing professional learning for educational professionals across all sectors of education. SLF provides a unique platform to engage with a diverse range of experts, colleagues and suppliers and offers both national and international perspectives on high quality educational experiences for children.

You may have seen already the announcement by Education Scotland for seminar proposals for the 2016 conference programme. Do you think you’ve got something exciting to share? Would you like to be one of the 100+ seminars that will be offered over the 2 days?


It is important that early learning and childcare (ELC) is adequately represented at SLF 2016. The community of ELC practitioners across Scotland has always had a strong identity. Glow Early Learn, our national professional learning community, continues to grow at pace. Have you joined yet? If not, what are you waiting for? If you have a Glow username and password, simply login to Glow and follow this link. You will be taken into the Early Learn Community. Just ‘join this community’ and off you go. If you don’t yet have a username and password for Glow, you can request one here.

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Dancers at Peek-a-boo

Although Glow is superb for building that virtual community, we know the benefits of coming together in the same space to debate and discuss issues relevant to the ELC sector. SLF 2016 provides a unique opportunity to do this.

We need you! Is there a project you have been working on that could be showcased? Or perhaps you are aware of establishments that demonstrate good practice?

The theme for SLF 2016 is Promoting excellence and equity for all through:
• school leadership and school improvement
• assessing children’s progress and parental engagement
• teacher professionalism.

Full details of the theme are available on the SLF website.

If you would like to submit a proposal for consideration please do so before Friday 19 February. Proposals received after this date will not be considered for inclusion in the conference programme. All proposals must be submitted online.


Last year we received in excess of 300 proposals which allowed Education Scotland to deliver a relevant and balanced conference programme covering all key areas of education. We had a good representation from the ELC sector but we need even more!

The 2016 conference programme and registration will be launched in May and will feature the sessions that have been submitted and selected for inclusion.

If you would like any further information about SLF 2016 please contact the SLF team by emailing SLF@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

New Training and Induction Programme for Childminders


Scottish Government has outlined the central role of childminders will play in the delivery of any further expansion of childcare. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans for a new standard of best practice for childminders, which is to include a new training and induction programme that all childminders will be expected to complete prior to registration.

The training and induction programme, which will be developed with the Care Inspectorate, will support the development of skills and training for all childminders working in the early learning and childcare sector.

Maggie Simpson, Chief Executive of Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA), said:

“I’m delighted to hear of another piece being added to the jigsaw. Today’s announcement of the development of a quality standard for childminders will bring childminding in line with the opportunities that are already enjoyed by the rest of the early years workforce.

“There is already a robust registration and inspection process carried out by the Care Inspectorate with childminding services amongst the highest graded Early Learning and Childcare providers.

“SCMA and our childminder members also wanted to see more direct access to qualifications and I look forward to working with the Care Inspectorate, Scottish Government, the Scottish Social Services Council and on the development of this quality standard for childminders.”

We look forward to working closely with our partners in SSSC, Care Inspectorate and SCMA in support of this development.

Read the Scottish Government press release here.

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How Good Is Our Early Learning and Childcare? – Draft QIs Consultation


Effective self-evaluation is the cornerstone of how we effect improvement in learning. There is a great deal of experience in the Early Learning and Childcare (ELCC) sector in using the Quality Indicators (QIs) in Child at the Centre to bring about those improvements. However, since its publication in 2007, there have been a number of significant developments in Scottish education. It is important therefore, that tools to support self-evaluation and self-improvement in ELCC reflect the most up-to-date thinking about how young children best develop and learn.

So, the suite of QIs for the Early Learning and Childcare sector is under review.

The new suite of indictors to be called, How Good Is Our Early Learning and Childcare? (HGIOELCC) will be published in May/June 2016; and, will mirror the framework of the recently published How Good Is Our School? (4th edition).

Over the past few months, the Children and Families team at Education Scotland has been working with stakeholders to produce a first draft of QIs.

So what happens now?

We’ve created a special section on our website for you to view a set of draft QIs and to make comment via Survey Monkey.

The first round of drafts includes:
1.2 Leadership of Learning
2.2 Curriculum
3.2 Securing Children’s Progress

The set of QIs can also be viewed inside Glow Early Learn. We are keen to hear your views via Glow using #hgioelcc.

Of course, Child at the Centre (2007), still has relevance, providing support to early learning and childcare (ELCC) settings and primary schools to look inwards, to scrutinise their work and evaluate what is working well for learners and to decide what could be better.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity to have your say about how well the new suite of QIs is shaping-up.

Bookbug – it’s time for you to have your say!

Scottish Book Trust would like to know what professionals think about the Bookbug programme. To do this, our friends at Scottish Book Trust have designed an online survey for you to complete.


The Bookbug programme is currently being evaluated by researchers from the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, based at the University of Edinburgh. The evaluation is investigating what difference Bookbug makes to parents, children and early years professionals. As part of this evaluation Scottish Boko Trust has developed an online survey for professionals whose work supports the delivery of Bookbug bags or Bookbug sessions.

Bookbug Session

The survey will provide for Scottish Book Trust an overview of professionals’ views and experiences of the Bookbug Programme. In addition, findings from the survey will be used to help identify areas for further exploration in four case study areas for evaluation in 2016.

The survey will take between 20-25 minutes to complete, depending on the level of detail that you provide. Scottish Book Trust is really keen to hear your views, so just give as much detail and information as you can in the time you have available.

To thank you for your participation, Scottish Book Trust is giving one lucky participant chosen at random a bundle of books worth £100 .

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It is really important that we all do our bit to ensure that programmes such as Bookbug are developed to meet the needs of the children, families and staff across Scotland. Please take some time to complete the survey and make sure you send the this link on to colleagues in your organisation and/or locality who have contact with Bookbug.


The closing date for the survey is Friday 27th November 2015.

Don’t miss out!