Parenting, Family Activities and Support

Parenting across Scotland

Parenting across Scotland provides support for parents and families through their information service and partners' helplines. They find out what matters to parents and families and what they need, and get this across to politicians. They also share research, policy and good practice with people who work with families.

PoPP (Psychology of Parenting Project)

We know parenting can sometimes be tough and the Psychology of Parenting Project (PoPP) may help. If you have a three or four year old and find the challenge of parenting them a difficult one, you may be entitled to free support from PoPP to help you find positive ways of dealing with these challenges. Sessions with trained staff are due to begin in January in Helensburgh and Campbeltown. Other areas will be arranging groups in future weeks.

Find more information about PoPP or contact your health visitor, nursery staff or PoPP direct at or call 01700 501544.

Parenting - Today's Tots ... Tomorrow's Teens

The 4 Ts (Today's Tots ... Tomorrow's Teens) offer a practical way of helping you understand your child and communicate in a positive way.  Group sessions are currently being held across Argyll and Bute.  If you want to find out about a group in your area please contact Sheena Stewart on 01369 708517 or email: 
For more details download 4 Ts leaflet. (pdf 187KB)

Bookbug SessionsBookbug logo

Free Story, Song and Rhyme sessions for babies, toddlers, pre-school children and their families.

To find out about sessions in your area, call Linda Burgar on 01631 569192 or email:

Play at Home

Parents of all new babies in Argyll and Bute will be offered these three books; the baby book will be delivered by their health visitor, the toddler book will be posted directly to the parent's home around the child's first bithday and the preschool book will be issued when the child enrols in nursery.

For more information, contact Alison MacKenzie on 01369 708517 or email:

Childcare Voucher Scheme

Argyll & Bute employees can save money on tax and National Insurance contributions by sacrificing up to £55 per week of their salary in return for childcare vouchers.  For more information or to join the scheme please contact Computershare Voucher Scheme on 08000 430 860.  When joining you will be asked to quote a code; please contact the Early Years team for clarification on this on 01369 704000 or email: