Early Years child care is praised for family feel in Fife
Fife Council is doing all it can for child care, to give children the best possible start with £7.8 million investment in Early Years paying major dividends
Family Nurture Approach
The education and children’s directorate was highly praised during an executive committee meeting, with elected members giving a ringing endorsement of the work that had been done as part of the Family Nurture Approach.
Progress over the last three years has seen the Approach attract national attention and Fife is seeing positive changes for children and families. Evidence to date confirms that Fife is making significant progress in early intervention and prevention to break the cycle of disadvantage, improving outcomes and tackling inequalities of child care in children and families across Fife.
The Approach has garnered acclaim for its commitment to effectively deliver community engagement; family learning in communities; intensive 1-1 family support; highly effective early learning and child care and the extensive delivery of evidence-based parenting programmes.
A key outcome for the Approach was to increase participation of families in early intervention and prevention activities with a particular focus on engaging the most vulnerable families. Projects such as family nights at the Tryst Centre in Dunfermline and the Benarty Feel Good Friday groupwere established to tackle this. These sustainable and self-funding programmes have won praise from Education Scotland as models of good practice.
Councillor William Campbell, Fife;s Early Years ambassador said: “The importance of the work undertaken and delivered cannot be under-estimated. The impact of its work is enabling children to have the best possible start in life and is helping to make Fife the best place for a child to grow up in.”
Councillor Brian Poole, spokesman for education, children, young people and families, said: “One of our top priorities is early intervention. We believe that by providing the right kind of support for children and families as early as possible we can prevent some of the problems in child care which can escalate later.”
All of the above information came from the Fife and Kinross Extra published on Thu 3rd March 2016.