July 22, 2020

Children under the age of five who are displaying potential coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms are now eligible for testing.

Until earlier this week, children under five with potential COVID-19 symptoms were not being routinely tested and a test was only carried out if there was a pressing clinical need to do so.

Now, with childcare settings reopenin...

July 16, 2020

The COVID-19 Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children’s Issues has published scientific advice for the safe re-opening of schools and the resumption of school transport.

The advice will inform the development of comprehensive guidance on how to ensure the safe re-opening of schools for learners, teachers and families. This includes a package...

June 1, 2020

Kenneth Gibson MSP has encouraged parents of children aged four to five in North Ayrshire to apply for the SNP Government’s Best Start Grant.

The one-off £250 School Age Payment is currently open to eligible families, with a child who was born between 01 March 2015 and 29 February 2016, who will be starting primary school later this year....

April 10, 2020

ParentClub Scotland is the SNP Government's portal supporting parents and expecting parents across Scotland with tips and advice to keep your family safe and happy during the lockdown.

Via the link below you can access suggestions for activities over the Easter Holiday and in general, but also mental health advice, tips on learning at home, how t...

April 3, 2020

Learning and childcare hubs for the children of key workers will remain open across Scotland over the Easter holidays, scheduled from Monday 06 April until Friday 17 April.

The move will help support NHS staff and other key workers on the frontline of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

All of Scotland’s local authorities will keep learni...

August 21, 2019

Local councils are preparing for the possibility of school meal nutritional standards being amended or discarded altogether in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the BBC has revealed.

These legal standards are designed to make sure school children are fed healthy food.


It is anticipated by some councils that school meals will not mee...

August 13, 2019

Pregnant women and families with babies and children across North Ayrshire and Scotland receiving certain benefits are to be offered increased access to healthy foods.

The SNP Government’s Best Start Foods payment replaces the Healthy Start paper vouchers with a new payment card, and is now open for applications.

The card, which works in a similar...

July 11, 2019

New research has shown that an estimated 3,475 children in North Ayrshire (20%) are being disadvantaged by the UK Tory Government’s controversial two-child cap, which allows low-income families to claim child tax credits or universal credit for their first two children only.

According to data obtained and collated by the Child Poverty Action Grou...

June 28, 2019

According to a new report, more than 7,000 young mothers and their newborns across Scotland have received support through the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), led by specially trained nurses and midwives.

Launched as a pilot in NHS Lothian in 2010 by the SNP Government and rolled out to NHS Ayrshire and Arran in 2013, the FNP is an intensive, two-...

June 27, 2019

The SNP Government is using its new powers over social security to introduce a brand new benefit to provide eligible families with £10 a week for every child under 16, with introduction for under-sixes starting by early 2021.

The Scottish Child Payment will give more immediate support to families who need it most, as almost 60% of all children in...

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