Family fun on board Bessie

The campaign encourages children to keep reading.
The campaign encourages children to keep reading.
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Young children and their parents are invited to climb on board ‘Bessie’ the PlayTalkRead bus.

Designed to help encourage parents and carers to play, talk and read with their little ones, the bus - affectionately known as Bessie – will be stopping at locations all over Scotland in the coming month.

Giving parents and carers of 0–3 year olds the chance to hop on board, inside there’s ample opportunity for all types of fun with books, toys, interactive storytelling as well as song, rhythm and rhyme sessions.

Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell commented: “We can never underestimate the power of play and its crucial role in the positive development of our wee ones. The first three years in a child’s life are critical to their development. Our PlayTalkRead bus offers free fun for parents and carers of tots, to help give them the very best start in life. The good news for mums and dads is you don’t have to wait until your kids are bigger to do fun things together. There are lots of opportunities to get out there and have simple fun every day and for little cost. 

“We’re really looking forward and to welcoming lots of mums, dads, grandparents, carers and their wee ones on board. It’s free, it’s fun and each child that hops on board Bessie will also receive a PlayTalkRead pack to take home.”

Activity on the bus includes demonstrating easy ways for parents to interact with their children during their early years, with lots of low-cost ideas can all be done at home and easily incorporated within daily routines.

The PlayTalkRead roadshow is part of the Scottish Government’s Early Years campaign which focuses on the early years (0 – 3) of children’s lives, and is travelling across the country to all 32 local authorities. Entry is free. You can see when the PlayTalkRead buses will next be in your area at: HYPERLINK “”

The Scottish Government’s play, talk, read campaign encourages parents and carers to incorporate playing, talking and reading within their daily routines. By playing, talking and reading with their children more often, parents and carers can lay firm foundations for children’s long-term learning, behaviour and life chances.