family learning scotland

FLS launch - Children's Minister Maree Todd at Midlothian Peep groupWe were delighted to secure the tender in Feb 2020 for the Family Learning Scotland (FLS) programme set out in the Programme for Government. The aim of the Family Learning Scotland Programme is to “help parents gain new skills and take up learning and training – integrated with the expansion of early learning and childcare, to allow parents to build on their skills and gain better work”.

Since then Covid happened, and there is no doubt that we are all experiencing challenging times. Local authorities, early learning and childcare settings across Scotland have worked incredibly hard to ensure a safe return for their staff, children and families.

Despite these additional challenges we're really pleased that by the end of this year, 120 staff from 9 local authorities will have received training in the Peep Learning Together Programme, all funded by the Scottish Government’s Family Learning Scotland Programme.

The remaining 23 local authorities will have staff trained from January 2021 onwards. We're looking forward to supporting every local authority in delivering Peep sessions and reaching families across the whole of the country.

This two-year contract involves training and supporting 432 nursery practitioners nationally, to use the Peep Learning Together Programme and the Peep Progression Pathway (parent accreditation). Practitioners will be trained from all 32 local authority areas, and are likely to include the Equity and Excellence Leads. The number of practitioners to be trained in each local authority has been determined by the number of nurseries in the 20% most deprived areas (plus one each in Orkney, Shetland and Na h-Eileanan Siar).

The Scottish Government's official launch of Family Learning Scotland took place in Midlothian on 12th March. The event was attended by Children's Minister Maree Todd, who joined in a Peep group session and chatted with families, practitioners, co-ordinators and Peeple CEO Sally Smith.  Aileen Campbell, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, was unable to attend due to an urgent government meeting about Coronavirus, but was there in spirit.

This is a project which will give Peeple a national profile in Scotland. Our success in gaining the tender is a reflection of the great work that we have been developing and supporting in Scotland and the rest of the UK over many years, and the quality of the Peep Learning Together Programme and Peep Progression Pathway and related training.

Thank you for your enthusiasm and your support of Peeple. We are very excited about this opportunity to help build on and extend family learning across Scotland, and will keep you up to date with progress over the coming months. We are well underway with contacting Local Authority leads in Early Learning and Childcare to discuss the implementation plan.

We are now delivering training online due to the Coronavirus outbreak. You are welcome to contact us to discuss the FLS project and/or future training - email: familylearningscotland@peeple.org.uk