Early Years Service



Strathmore Business Centre, Hopetoun Gate, 8B McDonald Road, EDINBURGH, EH7 4LZ
0131 523 1322
North East, North West, South East, South West


Who is the service for?
Early Years (0-5), Families, Lone Parents
What age range is it suitable for?
0 - 1, 1 - 3, 4 - 12


Strathmore Business Centre, Hopetoun Gate, 8B McDonald Road, EDINBURGH, EH7 4LZ
0131 523 1322




Covid-19 UPDATE...

Currently, in line with Scottish Government guidelines, we are not delivering sessions inside the family home. However, with recent funding from the Scottish Government Health and Wellbeing fund we were able to purchase some Portals, which enable us to continue our service remotely via video calls.

We have now issued these to families, prioritising those who are struggling due to isolation, declining mental health and those who do not have English as a first language. As the portals have a wide angle lens, automatically zooming in and out, this has improved our online engagement with children and parents.

Allied to this, our parent and carer closed Facebook page continues to be a source of support and reassurance for parents across the city.

Service details...

Early Years Service provides support to lone parent families who have a child under 5 years - delivered in the home to lone parent families with a child under 5 years of age and families with a child under 5 years of age who has a disability.

We are regulated and inspected by the Care Inspectorate.

Firsthand Lothian provides support to parents with children with disabilities, lone parents, and families in need in their own home on a regular basis.

The aims of the service are:

- To provide stimulating and developmental play opportunities to children, in a safe and happy environment
- To strengthen families by improving parents' / carers' well-being through regular breaks
- To increase skills and confidence in both parents / carers and their children

Firsthand Lothian will provide a trained childcare worker and/or volunteer who will care for your children in your own home whilst you are out. This will allow you time to have a break from routine and you can use this time as you wish. You may want to spend quality time with one of your other children, attend activity/leisure classes or events, undertake a course of study, catch up with friends or simply have some time on your own.

The service is generally offered on a regular weekly or fortnightly basis however we do aim to be as flexible as possible to try to meet your specific needs when required.

What do the workers and volunteers do?

As much as possible, workers/volunteers will follow any established routines that you may have with your children, including bedtime routines.

Workers/volunteers will also plan fun activities to promote your children's development, i.e. creative play, arts and crafts, reading, sports and games.

Who can use the Service?

The Early Years is funded by the City of Edinburgh Council and available to any family which meets the criteria of either being a lone parent with at least one child under 4 years old or a family with a child with a disability who is under 4 years old.

Whilst we aim to offer regular respite services to all families with a child with a disability or / and lone parents we need to seek grant and trust funding to enable us to carry work which will benefit vulnerable families, children and young people. We will update our website as and when we are able to deliver specific and targeted projects to include the referral criteria for each project.

For further information, please get in touch for a chat.

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