PlayTalkRead Bus arrives at Peterhead school

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Parents and toddlers in Peterhead were invited to climb on board the PlayTalkRead bus ‘Bessie’ when it visited the town’s Central School last week.

Each bus is designed as a free drop in playground to where parents and carers can pick up tips on exciting new ideas to play, talk and read more with their little ones in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The bus stopped at the school on Monday before heading off to Ellon, Alford, Kintore and Stonehaven for the rest of the week.

On board, parents and carers of 0 to three year olds were able to try all types of fun with books, toys, interactive storytelling as well as song, rhythm and rhyme sessions with the qualified and experienced play workers to help them interact with their child and find low-cost or free activities to do together as their little one grows.

Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell said: “Playing, talking and reading are fun ways to spend time with your kids from the very earliest age.

“Doing activities together helps build bonds and, as a mum, I know first-hand that any physical activity which can help a little one sleep better or longer is worth its weight in gold.

“The buses and PlayTalkRead website are a great source of ideas and inspiration on how to turn daily routines - such as getting dressed or taking a bus - into exciting new games.

“Being active together is one of the best ways to keep your child happy and healthy and will likely be some of the happiest memories you and your child share.

“We’re delighted to be coming to Aberdeenshire and hope that lots of mums, dads, grandparents and carers can bring their wee ones along.”

Last year more than 16,000 parents and 22,700 children visited one of the 459 PlayTalkRead events held across Scotland. A massive 95 percent of those felt the advice the buses offered was relevant to them and more than 70 percent said they would play, talk and read with their children more as a result of visiting.

The PlayTalkRead roadshow will visit every local authority in Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s Early Years campaign focusing on the first three years of children’s lives.