Climb on board the playbus

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Young children and their parents are invited to climb on board the PlayTalkRead buses ‘Bessie’ and ‘Benji’ as they visit Ayrshire.

Designed to help encourage parents and carers to play, talk and read with their little ones, the buses - affectionately known as Bessie & Benji - will be stopping at Girvan Primary School, Girvan, Ayrshire from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm on Wednesday 19th March; Burns Statue Square, Ayr from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm on Thursday 20th March; John Pollock Centre, Mainholm Crescent, Ayr from 10am - 1pm and 2 - 4pm on Thursday 27th March; Asda car park, Heathfield Retail Park, Liberator Drive, Ayr from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm on Friday 28th March.

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 said: “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 buses offer 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 to visiting Ayrshire 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 or Benji will also receive a PlayTalkRead pack to take home.”

Activity on the buses 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

For more information – plus lots of handy tips and advice - visit You can also visit the Play Talk Read Facebook page at