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20 Jan. 14 | PRESS RELEASE


Young children and their parents are invited to climb on board the PlayTalkRead buses ‘Bessie’ & ‘Benji’ as they visit Renfrewshire.

Designed to help encourage parents and carers to play, talk and read with their little ones, the buses - affectionately known as Bessie & Benji – will be stopping at:

·         County Square, Town Centre, Paisley from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm on Monday 27 January
·         Tannahill Centre, 76 Blackstoun Road, Ferguslie from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm on Monday 27 January
·         County Square, Town Centre, Paisley from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm on Tuesday 28 January
·         Lochwinncoh Library, High Street, Lochwinnoch from 10am-12.15pm on Tuesday 28 January
·         Old Library, High Barholm, Kilbarchan from 1.45-4pm on Tuesday 28 January
·          Gallowhill Community Centre, Netherhill Road from 10am-12.15pm on Wednesday 29 January
·         High Street, Renfrew from 1.45-4pm on Wednesday 29 January
·         Amochrie Road, Foxbar  from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm on Wednesday 29 January
·         Houston Square, Johnstone from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm on Thursday 30 January
·         O-X Linwood Brediland Road, Linwood from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm on Thursday 30 January
·         Glenburn Community Centre, Fairway Avenue, Glenburn from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm on Friday 31 January
·         Erskine Library, Bridgewater Place from 10am-12.15pm on Friday 31 January
·         29 South Street, Houston from  1.45-4pm on Friday 31 January

Giving parents and carers of 0 – 3 year olds the chance to hop on board, inside there’s ample opportunity for all types of fun with books, toys, interactive storytelling as well as song, rhythm and rhyme sessions.

Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell commented: “We can never underestimate the power of play and its crucial role in the positive development of our wee ones.  The first three years in a child’s life are critical to their development.  Our PlayTalkRead buses offer free fun for parents and carers of tots, to help give them the very best start in life.  The good news for mums and dads is you don’t have to wait until your kids are bigger to do fun things together. There are lots of opportunities to get out there and have simple fun every day and for little cost. 

“We’re really looking forward to visiting Renfrewshire and to welcoming lots of mums, dads, grandparents, carers and their wee ones on board. It’s free, it’s fun and each child that hops on board Bessie or Benji will also receive a PlayTalkRead pack to take home.”

Activity on the buses includes demonstrating easy ways for parents to interact with their children during their early years, with lots of low-cost ideas can all be done at home and easily incorporated within daily routines.

If you want to schedule a visit for your nursery please contact

The PlayTalkRead roadshow is part of the Scottish Government’s Early Years campaign which focuses on the early years (0 – 3) of children’s lives, and is travelling across the country to all 32 local authorities. Entry is free. You can see when the PlayTalkRead buses will next be in your area at:

For more information – plus lots of handy tips and advice - visit www.playtalkread.orgYou can also visit the Play Talk Read Facebook page at

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