Gifting the Bookbug Baby and Toddler Bags: Awareness sessions for health staff

'Transforming the health and wellbeing of Scots is the single most important thing we can do and at the heart of that process is doing things for children, getting children off to the best possible start in life. The Bookbug programme is a critical part of it. Getting children to read and getting parents reading to children and sharing that experience will have a very significant impact on their future health and wellbeing.'

Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health, Strathclyde University

About the Training

Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years programme, Bookbug, provides free, high-quality books and resources for every baby, toddler, three- and five-year-old in Scotland. Health staff are integral to the successful delivery of the Bookbug programme. This training session is designed to support health staff in their role of gifting the Bookbug Baby and Toddler Bags to families as part of the Universal Health Visiting Pathway.

Course Aims and Objectives

The variety of activities and information included in this course are designed to…

  • Familiarise health staff with the Bookbug Bag contents and how they can use the Bookbug Bags to support families with key messages about bonding, attachment, language and literacy development and overall good health.
  • Encourage health staff to pass on important key messages to families about the importance of talking, singing and book sharing in the home when gifting the bags.
  • Highlight the role and importance of songs and rhymes to encourage bonding and attachment in the home.
  • Explain the evidence of the benefits of introducing parents to reading and singing with babies and toddlers.
  • Show how the Bookbug Programme links to GIRFEC and SHANARRI approaches.

Course Details

Course Length: 1 hour
Cost: Free
Delegate Numbers: Flexible. This session can be delivered to Health Visiting teams or to large groups as part of health board CPD days.

Eligibility Criteria

Delegates must be involved with gifting the Bookbug Baby or Toddler Bags to families.

Attending or Arranging a Training Session

To set up a training session for your health visiting team, please contact or phone 0131 541 2342.

If you are a Student Health Visitor based within a university, we have an alternative course just for you. Please see out student training page.

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