All aboard as the play, talk and read bus hits Hawick

Parents and children are invited along to a fun filled day and to jump on board the free PlayTalkRead bus ‘Bessie’ as it visits Hawick next week.

The innovative idea which is designed as a free drop-in playground, Bessie is due to arrive at Burnfoot Community school on Thursday from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm, and will offer parents and carers a fun and relaxed environment to pick up exciting new ideas and tips to play, talk and read more with their little ones, which will help make a positive difference to their health and happiness.

And while on board the bus parents and carers of young children can enjoy all types of fun from interactive storytelling, song and rhyme sessions to easy craft activities. The qualified and experienced play leaders will showcase lots of great low-cost or free activities that can fit into parents’ daily routines which the youngsters will love

Minister for children and young people, Aileen Campbell, said: “As a mum of two young children, I know first-hand how difficult it can be to fit playing, talking and reading into your daily routine – the PlayTalkRead buses, Benji and Bessie, offer lots of ideas and advice for parents and carers to just do that.

“You don’t need lots of toys or expensive equipment to do it, it’s all about enjoying your time together and helping their brains grow. Playing, talking and reading more with kids will give them the best start in life.”