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Edinburgh and the Lothians

About Edinburgh and the Lothians Branch

The branch supports those working in early education in Edinburgh, East, Mid and West Lothian.  The work of the branch is supported by a committee of eight. 

The committee meets on a monthly basis and we organize seven events throughout the year. Most of the events are held in nurseries where people meet informally, view the playrooms and discuss current issues.  This is then followed by a presentation from a speaker. All employed people attending are credited with a CPD certificate. We hold one special winter event in Edinburgh City Chambers dedicated to a well respected member who died some years ago.

Our upcoming events include:

Further details of upcoming branch events to be released in due course.

Our previous events include:

7th October 2015 - Nurturing a Love for Reading - with Mary Hollowell

18th  November 2015 - Excellence in the early years - with Linda McNair OBE

3rd February 2016 - Autism Awareness in the early years - with Hatty Chick

2nd March 2016 - Update on new Self Evaluation tool: How Good Is Our Early Learning and Childcare? - with Lisa McCabe

27th April 2016 - WATER PEEP with Parents and Children - with Amy Young

1st June 2016 - History of Edinburgh Nurseries with the University Archivist, Hannah Milne

7th September 2016 - Revised Care Inspections - with Henry Mathias

16th November 2016 - Opening Playworlds for Early Years Children through Theatre and Drama-led Play - with Virginia Radcliffe

8th February 2017 - Supporting Children in Block Play - with Catriona Gill

1st March 2017 - Final Course Projects from Froebel Students: Opportunity to learn about innovative and creative children’s learning from three experienced practitioners

8th June 2017 - Excellent Outdoor Learning Experiences with Learning through Play - at Fenton Barns Nursery

13th September 2017 - Forest Kindergartens - with Rosemary Welensky

3rd October 2017 - Care Standards - with Henry Mathias

22nd November 2017 - Bringing more Play into the School Day - with Marguerite Hunter Blair

7th February 2018 - Play in Primary 2- Closing the Continuity Gap - with Martine Leitch, followed by Branch AGM

7th March 2018 - Speech and Language – Closing the Vocabulary Gap - with Fiona Horbatowska and Lynne Cram from the ICAN Team

2nd May 2018 - Loose Parts Play: Are you ready for the challenge? & Innerwick’s Loose Parts Journey: Developing practice based on creative free play with open-ended resources - with Kelly Clarke & Sarah Laing

7th June 2018 - Summer Outing -  Under 5s at the National Galleries of Scotland - with Anna Murray & Liz Conacher

3rd October 2018 - A visit to the One-ery - with Karen Richmond

14th November 2018 - French - English puppet shows & workshops - with Tania Czajka

7th March 2019 - Promoting outdoor play and gender equality - with Henry Mathias

9th May 2019 - Why Music? - with David Trouton

30th May 2019 - A Visit to The City of Edinburgh Council Forest Kindergarten in the grounds of Clifton Hall School - Tracey Shaw

Edinburgh and the Lothians Branch Team

Chair:        Lisa Barnes 
Secretary: Ann Burton
Treasurer: Kathryn Harper

Past events

19 Feb 2020

Final Course Projects by Froebel Students

Speaker(s): Presentations by Froebel Students

27 Nov 2019

Planning with Children & AGM

Speaker(s): Isla Finlayson and Bex Carter

24 Oct 2019

Understanding Schemas & Edinburgh & The Lothians branch AGM

Speaker(s): Clair McLaren, Heather Baird

18 Sep 2019

A visit to Edinburgh Montessori Arts School

Speaker(s): Emma Rattigan

30 May 2019

A Visit to The City of Edinburgh Council Forest Kindergarten in the grounds of Clifton Hall School

Speaker(s): Tracey Shaw