Working to give every child the best start in life

Published Date: 

18 Dec 2013 - 11:27

Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership is calling for groups or organisations who work with children and families to apply for grant funding of up to £5,000.

Working together as the Early Years Thematic Group, Argyll and Bute Council, NHS Highland and the voluntary sector are committed to give children from pre-birth to five years old the very best start in life. Now funding has become available to support local groups and organisations with these same aims.

The council’s Policy Lead for Children and Families, Councillor Mary Jean Devon, outlined the group’s aims, “Each baby born in Argyll and Bute deserves every chance to be born healthy, to develop to their full potential and to reach primary school age prepared to succeed.

“Funding is available for groups and organisations that can support these aims, which are far reaching and ambitious. I would encourage them to apply if they can show that financial assistance will allow them to continue to meet the needs of local communities or directly benefit the children and families of Argyll and Bute.” 

The aims of the thematic group are to increase the birth of more healthy babies and reduce the number of still births and infant mortality; to ensure children have all the developmental skills and abilities expected when they reach 27 – 30 month old; and to ensure children have all the developmental skills and abilities expected at the start of primary school.

Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership is committed to working to support the Scottish Government within the ‘Early Years Collaborative’ which aims to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up in by improving outcomes, and reducing inequalities, for all babies, children, mothers, fathers and families across Scotland to ensure that all children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed. The Early Years Thematic Group of Argyll and Bute’s Children has been tasked with this work.

Funding to support organisations working towards achieving the Stretch Aims of the Early Years Collaborative will soon be considered.  If you wish to request an application form or would like more information regarding this funding, please contact Sheena Stewart at 01369 708517 or email her at

We would like to hear from you as soon as possible in order to process claims before March 2014.