Reports on our work

Since 2004 Parenting across Scotland has provided a focus on parenting issues in Scotland. We work on:

  • improving the information and support available for parents
  • gaining greater recognition for the important work families do in bringing up Scotland's children
  • representing the views of parents to policymakers
  • researching the issues and concerns affecting families in Scotland.

Below you can download reports on our work 



Open Kindergarten project summary

Open Kindergartens (OK) are a long-standing concept in parent support in the Nordic countries. Groups of parents, carers and their young children meet regularly in family centres and are supported by highly-qualified early years staff who work alongside specialists to develop parents’ skills, confidence and knowledge. In 2018, Children in Scotland, Parenting across Scotland and the University of Stirling completed feasibility study to explore whether the Open Kindergarten model could be adapted to Scotland to improve outcomes for children in the early years. Between April 2019 and April 2020, the three partners worked with Midlothian Sure Start and the City of Edinburgh Council to pilot the project at two contrasting early years settings based in Edinburgh and Midlothian. The University of Stirling conducted an evaluation of the pilot project which concluded that Open Kindergarten filled a gap in early years services and had a positive impact for both parents and children. Key project outputs and findings from the evaluation can seen on our project summary.

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Parenting across Scotland work report 2007 to 2010

Report on work 2007-10

During the period 2007 - 10, thousands of parents throughout Scotland have found information and support through the PAS website, our Top Ten Tips booklets and our partners' helplines. We have campaigned on health visiting, advocated for parents to Scottish Government and hosted Parliamentary events where parents meet the politicians. MORI polls on parents' views and an evidence to action project, About Families, are just part of our research activity. To find out more about our recent work, read the report.

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