Registration time for pre-school

Parents are being urged to register their children this week for pre-school in Argyll and Bute, including Gaelic pre-school.

And the council is inviting families to use Twitter for information about its early years service.

Children born between March 1 2011 and February 29 2012 are eligible for free early learning and childcare (previously known as pre-school education).

Parents should register at their preferred pre-school this week – they will need to take a copy of their child’s birth certificate or passport.

Children born between March 1 2010 and 28 February 28 2011 who are not already registered for early learning and childcare should register as soon as possible at their preferred choice of pre-school.

Information on childcare, preschool education and early years can now be found on Twitter at @EYArgyllBute.

The new service was launched to share information about the latest local and national developments, to promote good practice and to support the government’s new Scottish Families Information Twitter site @ScottishFIS.

The council’s policy lead for children and families, Mary Jean Devon, said: “The official launch of both our early years and the government’s Twitter sites was a great success, with councils all over Scotland following each other and tweeting and re-tweeting information.

“Soon they were joined by a host of organisations involved in providing training, play and storytelling.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Early Years Service can be found online here.