We're very proud to share a Silver COSLA award for our work on the Big Bed Time Read along with Midlothian's Early Years Collaborative, Midlothian Teachers and the mums and children who made it happen.
An innovative project to encourage Midlothian parents to read bedtime stories to their children has won a silver award in a national celebration of public sector excellence.
The Big Bedtime Read won the accolade in the Tackling Inequalities and Improving Health category of the COSLA Excellence Awards.
The winners were announced at a special ceremony in Crieff on 12 March.
Councillor Bob Constable, the cabinet member for education in Midlothian, said: “The Big Bedtime Read is a truly inspiring scheme and its win is well-deserved. For example, in just one of our schools taking part, parents have read 150 books to their children in the past year.
“Results include improved children’s speech and language, established bedtime routines, better concentration and behaviour and improved attachment and bonding between parent and child.
“Parents have also reported improvements in their own reading, confidence, wellbeing and self-esteem as they witness how their actions are making a positive difference for their child and for themselves.”
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