Hop aboard the purple bus

The big purple PlayTalkRead bus going around the region for the pre school tots.'GG 0910042 12
The big purple PlayTalkRead bus going around the region for the pre school tots.'GG 0910042 12

Parents, teachers and children are invited to hop on board the big purple PlayTalkRead bus this summer.

There will be storytelling, rhymes and songs from the Scottish Book Trust’s BookBug sessions. These sessions support parents in giving their children a life-long love of reading.

On board the PlayTalkRead bus will be plenty of free activities for parents to try out with their wee ones.

Parents and children can join in with storytelling, rhymes and songs sessions on the bus and will receive a free book or playcube to take home.

The purple bus will be in Midlothian from Monday, June 10 to Friday, June 14 between 9am and 12.15pm and 1.45pm to 5pm at the following venues: Mayfield Library(am) and Mayfield Leisure Centre (pm) - Monday June 10.

Mount Esk Nursery (am) and Newtongrange Library (pm) - Tuesday June 11.

Penicuik Leisure Centre (am) and Loanhead Leisure Centre(pm) - Wednesday June 12.

Kings Park Primary School(am) and Woodburn Miners car park (pm) - Thursday June 13.

Gorebridge Leisure Centre (am) and Callendar Park, Pathhead (pm) - Friday June 14.

Councillor Lisa Beattie, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Once again, we are delighted to welcome the PlayTalkRead bus to Midlothian. I would urge all families to get their wee ones along and check out this great learning facility right here on our doorstep.

“Storytelling is great fun for everyone and doesn’t cost a penny and children can develop up to 50 per cent of their language skills before they are three. There has been a great deal of research about early intervention with reading for young children and there is no doubt it helps them develop their potential in lots of ways.”

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, said: “It’s great to see the PlayTalkRead bus on the road again. The early years are a key feature to our children’s future learning and development, so it’s essential we give them the best possible start. Just by playing, talking and reading with our little ones more often we can make a lasting impact on the rest of their lives.

“I hope that as many children and parents as possible get on board and make the most of playing, talking and reading together on our fun and colourful bus.”