DYW Moray were delighted to be invited along to the Senior Phase Peep Celebratory event this morning at Lossiemouth High School. This year the pilot of the programme ran where Senior Phase Pupils and Parents worked together to complete SCQF units - the development of babies and the development of toddlers. This is a great DYW example where pupils can work with children to see if they wish to pursue a career in Childcare.
The pilot which ran with pupils from Lossiemouth High School and lead by Co-ordinator - Elizabeth Duncan, was focussed on Senior Phase Pupils at S5 level. However, due to its success this year, the programme will run again next year for S4 pupils so that they can use it as a stepping stone into the Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services, Children and Young People (which is the equivalent of 2 Scottish Highers at Grade A) completed in S5 and S6. Thereon, the pupils can continue their pathway into employment by completing further studies in Childcare.
The programme gives pupils the opportunity to engage with babies and toddlers giving them a hands-on experience which is a great benefit of the programme if pupils are unsure whether or not to pursue a career in Childcare. The aim was for the pupils to gain the widest range of experience possible.
The pupils who completed the programme this year are set to come back (whilst on their college studies) and mentor those pupils who uptake the programme next year.
At the celebratory event, it was clear that the parents of the babies and toddlers gained a lot from the programme along with the pupils and the school. Donnie Carthew, the Deputy Head Teacher at Lossiemouth High School said,
“the programme is a great benefit to us as it brings the community into the school and creates a wonderful atmosphere when the parents come in with their children to work with the pupils”.
The school had also seen great development in the pupils themselves where their confidence has improved dramatically.
The DYW Moray Board are to present a Developing the Young Workforce Award to each of the High Schools in Moray for pupils who have been identified as working hard to improve their employability skills. For Lossiemouth High School, the Peep programme has allowed the school to identify pupils who have succeeded in developing their skills for employment. The programme is also set to be rolled out in other schools across Moray.