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Parenting across Scotland

Parenting across Scotland Support for parents and families through an information service and partner helplines.

Play Talk Read

Play Talk Read

Play Talk Read encourages and highlights the crucial importance of and communicating with your child in those very early years and gives practical tips to parents on easy ways of doing this.


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Parenting and family support

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National Parenting StrategyNational Parenting Strategy launched on 3rd October 2012

Our aspiration is for Scotland to be the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up. The National Parenting Strategy seeks to turn this aspiration into practical action.
Read more about the National Parenting Strategy

Bringing up children - your views'Bringing up children - Your views' published

The magazine Bringing up children – Your views contains the key messages received from the parents and carers feedback - this has shaped the development of the National Parenting Strategy.
Read 'Bringing up children - Your views' | Read 'Bringing up children - Your views' (Easy read version)

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