VIP visit to parent support project

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SCOTLAND’S Minister for Children and Young People, has been Kennoway to meet those behind a parental support initiative.

Angela Constance MSP visited Kennoway Primary School to hear more about Family Support in Fife Project (FSF).

It began in August 2009 and now has eight workers who have been located in target areas of deprivation across the Kingdom.

The project aims to provide support which is designed to meet the needs of parents in the local area.

The aim of the group, based in Kennoway, was to establish a link with families with children under three to develop parenting skills, particularly with young parents.

The FSF worker has run a range of groups in school and in the local community that have been very successful.

During her visit Ms Constance was able to speak to some of the parents who set-up a support network and are now becoming a fully constituted group.

Jane Mason, Fife’s early years co-ordinator, said: “The Family Support Group at Kennoway has been a real success and has helped a number of parents who otherwise may have felt isolated or alone.

“The group helps parents to deal with a number of issues and provide practical and psychological support for those with young families.

“Early intervention is the key to many issues, by supporting families from the outset we can prevent problems escalating.”

Earlier Ms Constance launched Fife Council’s new Early Years website at Sunflower Nursery in Lochgelly.

Thes website contains information for parents, carers and professionals on the early years’ provision in Fife.

The Minister said: “This new resource will undoubtedly become well-used and trusted and I am glad to have the opportunity to see the website in action.

“The wealth of easily accessible relevant information will help parents and carers to make informed choices about the local area’s nurseries, as well as being an ideal channel for information on early years policy and practice.”