(Photograph courtesy of Guernsey Press)
The visit of Scotland’s Play Talk Read Bus to Guernsey this July demonstrates the benefits of the different jurisdictions within the British-Irish Council sharing best practice and working together.
Following the early years discussion at the Cardiff Summit in November 2012, Deputy Robert Sillars, Education Minister for Guernsey and Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister of Children and Young People for Scotland agreed to a one week loan of the PlayTalk Read Bus to Guernsey.
The Scottish Government launched Play Talk Read in 2009 and has proven very successful with very positive feedback from parents on helping them to develop their babies and young children through play, talk and reading.
'Scotland has a well established and highly regarded Early Years education programme which we are keen to learn from,' said Deputy Sillars. 'The Education Board is committed to working with other States Departments and private providers to ensure the best provision of support for children from pre-birth to when they start school. This is part of our vision and we are keen to learn from other jurisdictions which already have successful programmes in place”
Aileen Campbell MSP said 'I am looking forward to hearing about the good work being done to support parents and children in Guernsey and I am sure that the ministers and I will learn from each other's successes. I'll also be encouraging them to visit the website to try out the latest 30 Things to do before you're 3 checklist.” (www.playtalkread.org/)
The activities put on in the Play Talk Read bus, range from play sessions, advice session from the speech and language therapist to baby massage, were an opportunity to show parents, grandparents and others involved with children, fun ways of helping children learn through play.