Two Argyll and Bute Early Years projects have been shortlisted for prestigious awards in this year’s first ever Scottish Quality Improvement Awards.
Run by the Scottish Government and Healthcare Improvement Scotland, the aim of the Quality Improvement 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) is up for the Top Team Award whilst the Early Level Team from Tarbert Academy has been shortlisted for the Early Years Merit Award for Quality Improvement.
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 of their development and learning.
The project has already been showcased on the Scottish Government website and aims to ensure that the needs of the child are assessed early in order that through working together with their family they can get the right support at the right time. To view a video of the Argyll and Bute Family Pathway, log on to http://www.earlyyearscollaborative.co.uk/
The second project shortlisted and up for a merit award 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.
By the end of the project weekly parental engagement had risen to an average of 85%. The team involved in the project has grown, becoming champions of parental engagement and quality improvement. There are now plans to expand this approach throughout the campus, spreading their knowledge in improvement methodology.
The Council’s Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Rory Colville said: “This is a wonderful achievement and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate both teams for the outstanding work they do in Argyll and Bute.
“We want to ensure that every child has the best start in life and are ready to succeed. This is exactly what these teams aim for and the commitment and dedication shown by them truly is exceptional.
“I am delighted they have been shortlisted for these awards and that their services are gaining recognition as a result.
“The Argyll and Bute Family Pathway video features a number of young people, pupils and health professionals from Argyll and Bute. This alone says a lot about the quality of care we offer in Argyll and Bute
“The difference these teams make to the lives of young people really is inspirational and I wish them every success.”
The award winners will be announced on 15th November.