Midlothian to benefit from early years project

Staff Sergeant Isobel McGregor with daughter Isabella McGregor and Moira Leslie (RCET). Photo: Malcolm Cochrane Photography
Staff Sergeant Isobel McGregor with daughter Isabella McGregor and Moira Leslie (RCET). Photo: Malcolm Cochrane Photography

Young children from Armed Forces communities in Midlothian are set to benefit from a new early years project.

The project is being launched by Scotland’s Armed Forces children’s charity, the Royal Caledonian Education Trust (RCET) as part of its education support in Scotland.

A £3,000 donation by St Andrews-based charity, the New Park Educational Trust has bought eight resource boxes equipped with books, toys and games to help young children from Armed Forces communities cope with feelings of loss and anxiety during times of separation.

The early years resources will be distributed to local authorities across Scotland for loan to schools and communities including Fife, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Moray, Argyll & Bute, and the Highlands.

RCET Education Manager Moira Leslie said: “Through our work with schools we realised that there was a need for more support for younger children who have a parent in the Armed Forces.

“This pilot project, if successful, will be rolled out to all 32 regions in Scotland. We are incredibly thankful to the NPET Trustees for their support.”

If your school or community group would like to access these materials contact the RCET on 0131 240 2224.