Hop on the bus for a brighter future

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THE PlayTalkRead bus is set for East Renfrewshire — and young southsiders are invited to climb on board.

Designed to help encourage parents and carers to play, talk and read with their little ones, the buses — known as Bessie and Benji — will be stopping at locations throughout East Ren from January 20 until January 24.

They’ll give parents and carers of 0–3-year-olds the chance to hop on board, where there’s ample opportunity for all types of fun with books, toys, interactive storytelling as well as song, rhythm and rhyme sessions.

Minister for children and young people Aileen Campbell commented: “ The first three years in a child’s life are critical to their development.

“Our PlayTalkRead buses offer free fun for parents and carers of tots, to help give them the very best start in life.

“We’re really looking forward to visiting East Renfrewshire . It’s free, it’s fun and each child will also receive a PlayTalkRead pack to take home.”

Activity on the buses includes demonstrating easy ways for parents to interact with their children during their early years

There are also lots of low-cost ideas can all be done at home and easily incorporated within daily routines.

The PlayTalkRead roadshow is part of the Scottish Government’s Early Years campaign.

The campaign focuses on the early years (0 – 3) of children’s lives, and is travelling across the country to all 32 local authorities.

Entry is free. You can see when the PlayTalkRead buses will next be in East Renfrewshire at www.playtalkread.org/tour.