Ideas from Early Years Experts

Dr. Barbora Skarabela: The Role of Baby-Talk Words

Dr. Barbora Skarabela, a linguist at the University of Edinburgh, on the role of baby-talk words in early language learning.


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Katrina Lucas: Using Scots in the Early Years

Former Scots Language Coordinator, Katrina Lucas, on practical ways to introduce Scots to an early years audience.


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Neil Mathers

Neil Mathers: How Poverty Threatens Children’s Rights

Neil Mathers of Save the Children examines the scale of poverty in Scotland and how we can begin to bridge the attainment gap for our children


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Bookbug's Birthday Film

Parents and teachers from Forthview Primary in Edinburgh talk about why they love Bookbug

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Tom Bonnick

Tom Bonnick: What Makes a Good (and Bad!) Reading App

Nosy Crow's Business Development Manager on what to look for in a reading app.

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Nick Sharratt

Nick Sharratt: What's Great About Picture Books

The children's author and illustrator on the magic of picture books and drawing

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Margaret Clark: How Health Visitors Can Help

How health visitors can help parents encourage young children to learn

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Andrew Manches: Using Technology to Help Kids Learn

How parents can use digital technology as learning tools for small children

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Vivian French, children’s author

Vivian French: The Beauty of Rhyme

Vivian French, children’s author, acknowledges the benefits of rhyme – children love rhyme, and things we hear in rhyme are much easier to remember.

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Karyn McCluskey, Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

Karyn McCluskey: How Books and Reading Can Make Scotland Better

Karyn McCluskey is the Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit. Her passion is for reducing violence and making Scotland a better society.

She recognises that the early years play an important part in this – especially the mellow time that reading aloud promotes.

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