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Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Mike Russell and Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, visited Busy Bees Edinburgh Park nursery to talk about some of Scotland’s childcare plans that are under review.
The visit was part of the Scottish Government’s plans to increase childcare entitlement across Scotland – offering parents of three and four-year-olds, and an increasing number of vulnerable two-year-olds, a minimum of 600 hours funded and more flexible early learning and childcare from August 2014.
Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, who is also a mother of a three-year-old was “very impressed with the level of care the children receive at Edinburgh Park”.
She said: “The children are so confident and the staff were all so warm yet professional. It’s a beautiful nursery and I loved watching the children’s enthusiastic performance of their Shake and Write song and mark making activities. Clearly Busy Bees care passionately about laying down the foundations for happy, healthy lives for their lovely children.”
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Mike Russell added: “The children were so much fun and the staff were warm and friendly and made us feel so welcome. Lifelong learning is a process that begins right here, with very young children before they go to school.”
Some of the pre-school children performed a rendition of Shake and Write – a bespoke learning experience to lay foundations for early writing at pre-school age designed by Busy Bees. The programme, named Shake and Write, aims to provide children with the physical skills and confidence they need to produce self-assured flowing handwriting with the emphasis on fun!
Isabel Dunn, nursery manager said: “It was such a pleasure to meet Mr Russell and Ms Campbell and to hear about some of the areas of childcare that will be under review. Busy Bees is passionate about providing quality, affordable childcare for every family.
“We are constantly looking for ways that will improve our service to parents and welcome the review if it means a better start in life for more children across Scotland.”