Early Years Team excel at national awards

Published Date: 

24 Nov 2016 - 11:41

Two Argyll and Bute Early Years projects were runners-up in this year’s first ever Scottish Quality Improvement Awards, run by the Scottish Government and Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

The aim of the awards is to celebrate and showcase the wide range of quality practice that takes place across Scotland to make services the best they can be for young people and their families.

The Kintyre Family Pathway Team (as part of the Argyll and Bute Family Pathway) were runners-up for the Top Team Award whilst the Early Level Team from Tarbert Academy came second in the Early Years Merit Award for Quality Improvement.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Rory Colville said: “I am absolutely delighted that these two very deserving teams were runners-up at this prestigious ceremony.

“The Argyll and Bute Early Years staff do an incredible amount of work to ensure that every child is given the best possible start. Their hard work often goes on unrecognised so I am extremely happy that they’re efforts are being recognised. It is a massive honour for the teams to be shortlisted, let alone runners-up so a massive well done to them.”

The Argyll Family Pathway Project works with families to promote positive outcomes from pre-birth until the age of five. It involves midwives, health visitors, nursery staff, school staff and other community services all working in partnership for the benefit of the child and supporting key stages

The other project focuses on ‘Engaging Parents in Early Learning’. Led by Kathleen Johnston of the council’s education team, the project was based at Tarbert Academy and focussed on increasing parental engagement in learning in their Early Level class.