Big Hopes Big Future: Families are the key to closing Scotland’s educational attainment gap

Home-Start’s new programme Big Hopes Big Future (BHBF), is working to engage intensively with children and families together before school age.Read more

You have the powers to make Scotland the best place to grow up in

You might have had you say as a voter but do you know that community groups in Scotland have been granted new rights to participate in planning and developing services?Read more

BBC mum retake has us laughing, but should have us asking “what about dad?”

We may smugly think dad has no idea but before we laugh we should think about dad's response and the conflicted state he finds himself in.Read more

Scotland’s baby box row – a storm in a trainer cup?

Getting it right for every child is a journey and the non-means tested Baby Box is a powerful sign we are on the right road.Read more

PND & Me: using social media for postnatal mental health support

Social media is emerging as a powerful channel of online support for people experiencing issues around postnatal mental health.Read more

Stories, songs and rhymes: a gift for life

The best gift we can give children is time and our attention. Spending time singing, reading and rhyming will set the foundations for later learning.Read more

Listening to children talking about food insecurity

A third of people using food banks in Scotland are children and including their voices in decisions which impact them is a fundamental pillar of respecting children’s rights.Read more

Hands-on Early Years Parenting: What stands in the way of dads being more involved?

The Year of the Dad is the time to talk about how we help support men to play a more prominent role in the first years of their child’s lives.Read more

Welcome to our new blog

Our new blog, inviting contributors from our Home-Start network and practitioners from health, education, social welfare and child development to talk about the issues surrounding early years parenting and support.Read more