Giving children the best start in life is a key partnership objective, as a child’s upbringing is a key factor in relation to their outcomes later in life. There are many community groups and services in Perth which aim to support children and families. Most can be found in the Local Family Information Directory.
The population in Kinross-shire, Almond and Earn is younger than in Perth and Kinross as a whole. Many people leave the area upon finishing school but return to the area with young families later in life, meaning the area has a high birth rate. There is a wide range of community groups and services aimed at supporting families and young people.
Early Years and School Age
The area has 12 Parent and toddler groups, as well as Playgroups and pre-school learning groups. Many of the groups are community led and are based in village halls.
The Supporting Parents and Children Early (SPACE) Group meets every Monday in the Loch Leven Community Campus for a two hour session. Parents are referred to the SPACE Group by Health Visitors. The groups are structured to offer Family Learning activities along with an opportunity for parents to enjoy sharing experiences, to learn new skills and to talk through any worries, whilst the children enjoy crèche time. .
Other parenting support courses offered in the area include; Speakeasy, Incredible Years, Strengthening Families. These are provided by the Council’s Parenting team. Family Cookery is also offered during school holiday periods; these sessions are in demand and provide a vehicle for engaging with more vulnerable families to increase their skills and confidence in nutrition and budgeting.
The Oudenarde Community Group works alongside the local community workers to provide activities for families and young people in the area. This has proved harder to achieve due to lack of resources; particularly the lack of a community building, meaning that the provision of activities is largely dependent on weather conditions.