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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?

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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.

Dancers at Peek-a-boo
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.

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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

Gender equality in Early Learning and Childcare settings

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Our colleagues at Health Scotland have approached us to ask for our assistance with a piece of research that is currently underway to look at gender stereotypes in ELCC settings. Health Improvement Senior, Barbara Adzajlic, said,

“Gender stereotypes are all around us and impact heavily on our children from the moment they are born. From the colours they wear to the toys they play with, the books they read, and the behaviours that are expected of them, girls and boys are influenced by family members, the media and society at large. The impacts of this include performance at school, career choices, expectations within relationships, emotional literacy and mental health.”

Making rockets!
Making rockets!

A group of organisations is exploring approaches to tackling gender stereotyping and gender equality in early learning and childcare settings. The group includes NHS Health Improvement, respect Me, LGBT Youth Scotland, Men in Childcare, Fathers Network Scotland, Zero Tolerance and Baltic Street Adventure Play.

The first step is to run a short survey of projects and organisations in Scotland and the UK which may be doing work to tackle gender stereotyping and gender equality in ELCC. This will allow reseachers to gather information on those resources or programmes already in existence, to learn lessons from existing approaches.

The researchers are looking for input from ELCC practitioners, so get involved if you can. They are also keen to hear from parents and carers about their experiences and views on the issue, so please do encourage parents to get invovled too.

Please follow the link below and complete the survey moneky questionnaire:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/gender_and_early_years

Please note that the survey closes on Friday, 30th October 2015.

Should you have any questions about the research, please call Barbara Adzajlic or Susie Heywood on 0141 232 0174/0171.

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Family Learning at UNESCO International Literacy Day 2015

Making rockets!
Making rockets!
UNESCO International Literacy Day 8th September 2015

UNESCO International Literacy Day has been celebrated for over a decade. This year the theme is Literacy and Sustainable Societies. There will be a large range of partners coming together to share the diverse range of approaches used in Scotland to cultivating literacy skills and to explore science as a context for developing literacy skills for all. Family learning will be featured as an approach to engaging families with children from an early age to develop literacy skills through inspiring and fun experiments!

Following the success of last year’s network of networks’ celebration of UNESCO International Literacy Day in the Emirates Arena we invite you to join us on Tuesday September 8th at Glasgow Science Centre from 10.00am until 3.30pm.

This year’s theme is Literacy and Sustainable Societies. See the UNESCO info graphic about Literacy and Sustainable Development

Our keynote speakers are Dr Alasdair Allan Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, and Heather Reid OBE CPhys, FinstP (Heather the Weather).

Participants will have the opportunity to attend a morning and an afternoon seminar as well as to explore the science centre. Further details will follow.

Places are limited so register here now.

The workshop, delivered in partnership with Dundee Adult Learning Team, will highlight everyday activities that families can do with materials found around the home that will support a love for sciences and increase literacy and numeracy skills.

Join us at International Literacy Day 2015 in the Glasgow Science Centre for the workshop “Babble and Dabble”!

Scottish Book Trust Announces 2015/16 Bookbug Bag Books

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Scottish Book Trust is pleased to announce that the books chosen for the 2015/16 Bookbug bags, to be distributed free to every baby, toddler, 3 year old and P1 child in Scotland between Spring 2015 and Spring 2016, are as follows:

Bookbug Baby Bag
• Baby’s Very First Black and White Book: Babies by Stella Baggott (Usborne)
• Peekaboo Jungle by Emily Bolam (Campbell Books)
• Mouse is Small by Mary Murphy (Walker Books Ltd)

Bookbug Toddler Bag
• Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (Puffin)
• Splosh by David Melling (Hodder Children’s Books)
• Feeling Great Just Like Me! by Jess Stockham (Child’s Play)

Bookbug Pirate Bag
• Ten Little Pirates by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty Orchard (Hachette Children’s Books)
• Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
• Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose by Lynne Rickards and Eilidh Muldoon (Scottish Book Trust)

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.”

The Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag for 2015/16 will include free copies of the three shortlisted books from the Bookbug category of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2016, which will be announced on 2 September 2015. These bags will be distributed to Primary 1 children during Book Week Scotland (23 November – 29 November 2015).

Bookbug is Scotland’s national book gifting programme, encouraging parents and children to share books together from birth. We gift 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
– Pirate bag (gifted at nursery to every 3-year-old)
– Primary 1 Family bag (gifted at school to every P1 pupil)
– Dolly Parton Imagination Library (free books delivered monthly to every Looked After Child aged 0-5 in Scotland)

Fife Parents Publish a Picture Book: Launch of Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose

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A new picture book highlighting the importance of healthy eating for children was launched today (5 May) at Methil Community Education Centre, marking the completion of a two year writer in residency project run by Scottish Book Trust and Home-Start Levenmouth Family Group.

Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose was written by author Lynne Rickards and was developed in workshops with 11 parents from the Levenmouth Family Group to raise awareness about the importance of healthy eating for children in their early years. 60,000 copies of the finished book have been published by Scottish Book Trust to include in the 2015 Bookbug Pirate pack which will be given to every 3-year-old in Scotland this year.

Lynne facilitated weekly creative writing classes with the group that explored foods and healthy eating, with support from NHS Health Scotland. The resulting book, featuring the fantastic illustrations of Eilidh Muldoon, is a fun-filled tale written in rollicking rhyme that encourages children to try eating tasty, healthy foods including carrots and bananas.

Paula Martin, a parent who participated in the classes said:
“The experience of working with Lynne was great and we all gained new skills and felt that we were a part of a great opportunity. I know we will all treasure our experience of the project “

To celebrate the launch of Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose Lynne will be reading from the book at Methil Community Education Centre this afternoon. An exhibition of Eilidh Muldoon’s illustrations will also be unveiled at the Centre, which will tour libraries in Fife throughout the rest of the year in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust.

Commenting on the project Lynne Rickards said:
“I was thrilled to be chosen as an Early Years Writer-in-Residence for Scottish Book Trust and had a brilliant time working with a great group of mums to produce our healthy eating story. Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Team and the lovely people at Home-Start Levenmouth provided excellent support throughout the project, and I’m very proud of the finished book which is beautifully illustrated by Eilidh Muldoon.”

Kay Mcleary, Senior Coordinator at Home-Start Leven mouth added:
“The parents involved in the project were delighted to have an opportunity to work with Lynne and contribute their ideas about what kind of book they would enjoy reading to their children to emphasise the importance of healthy eating in a fun and engaging way”.An exhibition of Eilidh

Muldoon’s illustrations from Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose, annotated with selected text from the book, will be on display at the following libraries:

• Methil Library, 5 – 15 May
• Leven Library, 18 – 29 May
• Kennoway Library, 1 – 12 June
• St Andrews Library, 15 – 26 June
• Burntisland Library, 29 June – 24 July
• Cowdenbeath Library, 27 July – 14 August
• Tayport Library, 17 August – 28

August
• Cupar Library, 31 August – 11 September
• Rothes Halls, 14 September – 25 September
• Kirkcaldy Galleries, 28 September – 9 October
• Benarty Library, 12 October – 23 October
• Jennie Lee Library, 26 October – 6 November
• Dalgety Bay Library, 9 November – 20 November
• Duloch Library, 23 November – 4 December
• Kincardine, 7 December – 18 December

Bookbug Week 2015

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Bookbug Week 2015 will take place between 18 and 24 May, with hundreds of FREE story, song and rhyme events for families with babies and young children held across the country. The theme this year is Bookbug’s Big Bedtime Story.

Bookbug encourages mums, dads and carers to talk, cuddle, sing, and share stories and rhymes with their children from birth. The programme provides every child in Scotland with four free packs of books and runs free Bookbug Sessions at libraries and community centres across the country. Bookbug is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Scottish Book Trust.

Last year over 400 events took place during Bookbug Week, with highlights including East Dunbartonshire’s Early Years Fest featuring best-selling children’s author Vivian French and Lapin the French Rabbit; the Townhouse Toddlympics at Hamilton Townhouse Library in South Lanarkshire; Bookbug’s Big Sports day at Citadel Leisure Centre in South Ayrshire; and a Giant Bookbug Marathon at Moredun Library in Edinburgh.

Bookbug Week 2015 will see bedtime-themed events taking place in every local authority in Scotland, with special appearances from some of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors and illustrators. Families can look forward to our flagship event at Rozelle House and Maclaurin Art Gallery in South Ayrshire on Tuesday 19 May, schools and nurseries across the country will be given the opportunity to participate in a fun-filled Authors Live event, streamed live from the BBC’s studios in Glasgow on Thursday 21 May, and some fantastic Bookbug prizes will be up for grabs via Bookbug’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BookbugSBT) and Twitter (@Bookbug_SBT) throughout the week.

Introducing children to books at an early age has many wonderful benefits including building up their confidence and social skills, and giving their speech and language development a real boost! Bookbug Week is the perfect chance to find out more about the Bookbug programme, get involved, meet other families and get ideas to make sharing books, songs and rhymes with children a fun part of each day.

Find out more about Bookbug Week and events happening in your area at scottishbooktrust.com/bookbugweek or ask for information at your local library.