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PlayTalkRead Roadshow

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What is the PlayTalkRead roadshow?

The PlayTalkRead roadshow is all about giving you ideas for little things you can do with your wee one each day to spend time together having fun. Our vehicles are full of free activities you and your little ones can get involved in to play together.

You’ll pick up easy and low costs ideas to try out at home that will make your life a little bit easier – and more fun for both of you.

We’re open for parents, carers and children from 0 to 4. Come on board for songs, stories and messy play.

PlayTalkRead Bus questions

When is the PlayTalkRead roadshow visiting my neighbourhood?

You can find our roadshow calendar here.

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Pop in to our drop-in sessions

Our double decker bus Benji travels around Scotland to bring you ideas of everyday things you can do at home that’ll keep your wee one entertained and give you time together.

Downstairs, you and your little ones can have fun getting messy and pick up ideas for free arts and crafts you can do at home.

Upstairs you and your little one can spend some quality time together in our Book Bug corner– singing songs, listening to stories, and saying rhymes. You don’t need to book, and you don’t need to be a good singer to get involved!

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Come visit us for drop-ins in your rural community

You won’t miss out if you live on an island, or a remote or hard to reach community. Bonnie is at your service and full of free and fun activities for you and your wee ones to have a great time together – and she even has a slide!

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Get involved with our sensory lorry for children with additional support needs

If your child has additional support needs, our sensory lorry, Bertie, is a place where you can have a bit of time out with your child to play together.

You’ll learn new ideas for playing that cost very little and get the chance to make friends with other parents in your neighbourhood. It’s a relaxed environment, with small groups of parents and children.

Our staff tailor the programme to you and your child, depending on their age and specific needs. The programmes helps to stimulate your child’s senses – with a fun setting including a light-up display.

We are happy to send you a “social story” before sessions that tells you all about our Play Workers and what to expect in the session.

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How accessible are the PlayTalkRead vehicles?

We have ramp so that wheelchairs can get onto the vehicles easily. However, due to a lack of space, we don’t have changing rooms or bathrooms.

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Do I have to pay to visit the PlayTalkRead roadshow?

The PlayTalkRead bus is completely free.

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How do I book the roadshow?

You don’t need to book to come along to our drop-in sessions – just check our calendar, or keep an eye out on Facebook to see when we’ll be in your neighbourhood.

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Are you a child care group that wants to come along to a drop-in session?

As space is limited and the PlayTalkRead roadshow has been created for parents and carers to connect with their wee ones, please get in touch before popping in.

You can reach our team at: ptr@smartplaynetwork.org

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Are you a local community organisation that wants to partner with the PlayTalkRead roadshow?

The PlayTalkRead roadshow is keen to engage with local partners.

Please get in touch to discuss: ptr@smartplaynetwork.org

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Last updated: 8 Nov, 2018


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