PlayTalkRead bus back in Paisley

The PlayTalkRead bus returns to Renfrewshire during July, encouraging families to get creative, sing songs, clap hands and tell stories.

The big purple bus will be calling at County Square in Paisley on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th July before touring Renfrewshire for a week from Monday 22nd July.

Funded by the Scottish Government, the PlayTalkRead bus travels the length and breadth of the country demonstrating the positive impact of play and introducing parents and carers to fun activities they can try at home with their child.
Linda Stevenson, Renfrewshire Council’s Childcare Information Officer said, “Often the best play ideas are simple and don’t cost a penny – a bottle can be transformed into a rocket, add some rice and it becomes a musical shaker. Kids love using their imagination!

“Admission to the bus is free for Renfrewshire families and there’s no need to book. Whenever and wherever parents and carers see the bus they can hop on board with their wee ones to discover a world of fun and engaging activities to do together”.

The PlayTalkRead bus offers parents and children the opportunity to join in with BookBug storytelling, rhymes and songs sessions with young passengers also receiving a free book or playcube to take home.

Details of the tour can be found at and for hundreds of playtime ideas visit:

Real Gone Kids is the new vocal academy that all young Paisley buddies should want to be part of. It makes no difference whether you are a novice or experienced singer.

All we ask is you have a passion for music and dedicated to learning. We offer workshops/private tuition to build confidence before entering you into one of the groups.


At this stage you will get to show off all your efforts by performing at gigs and shows in local and surrounding areas. For more information you can call Laura on 07948578201. You can also find us on Facebook.

New approach aims to give Renfrewshire children ‘best start’ in life

Children and families in Renfrewshire are set to benefit from a new £6.8million

family-centred approach aimed at giving disadvantaged children the best start in life.

Renfrewshire’s Early Years strategy will boost the life chances of children by improving early education and supporting their families on a range of issues which have a direct impact on the youngsters’ ability to learn and develop their potential.

That could involve helping the child’s parents to find employment, obtain advice on finance or debt problems, or tackle health problems.

Other measures will include social work and health visitor support, additional support before and after the school day involving breakfast clubs and wraparound care.

There will be also increased access to early years’ teachers who will have a focus on improving learning and teaching, particularly in the transition from nursery to primary school.

Two pilot programmes will be developed later this year with bases in Ferguslie and Linwood. Those will be supported by outreach programmes for parents across Renfrewshire.

The focus of both will be on children of nursery school age and in the first three years of primary school.

Another part of the programme will target families with older children who are living in deprivation.

“There’s increasing realisation that children’s chances of maximising their personal and educational attainment are directly affected by their family’s circumstances,” said Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board.

“What the council  developing a partnership approach to make available help and support to families from a range of public and voluntary agencies so that their children can get the best start in life.

“We want to make that practical assistance easily accessible to parents so that they can improve their family’s circumstances which will in turn remove or lessen the social, economic or health issues which are limiting their children’s chances.

“Far too many families in Renfrewshire experience deprivation – with all the problems that brings for them and their communities.  Almost a fifth of Renfrewshire children live in poverty. It affects us all if future generations are locked into another cycle of disadvantage and missed opportunities.”

Councillor Stuart Clark, Depute Convener of the council’s Education Policy Board, said:  “The Early Years strategy is further evidence of Renfrewshire Council’s commitment to education.  In our recent budget we protected the education service.

“We are the first council in Scotland to introduce free meals in holiday periods for those who qualify for free meals in nursery or the early years of primary school.

“Now, even in these very difficult financial times, the council is investing £4.2m towards the total £6.8m cost of this new approach to provide disadvantaged children and families with the support they need and deserve.”

Renfrewshire Council’s Early Years strategy will be in place as children start the new school year in August.

Itsy Bitsy Dance

Interactive creative dance classes for toddlers (18 months-3 yrs with parent/carer)

Come along with your active toddler and you can both enjoy bringing nursery rhymes to life through creative dance.
Your child will love to jump, skip and twirl around the room in these fun 50min dance sessions.

Parents take part to held guide and encourage their child during the sessions, so it is also a great workout for the parent too!

Classes start back Monday 7 January 12.45pm (50min class) 8 week booking required, although you can come and try the first class £5.

Classes held in The Wynd Centre, school wynd, Paisley.
Please book inadvance by emailing

Itsy Bitsy Ballet for 3-4yr olds also starts back 7 January 1.35pm (55min) places are limited so please book in advance.

For further information please visit the website on or email

Paisley Business

If you run your own business in Paisley then why not advertise on our Blog? This is a one off in the run up to Christmas and we will feature it via our network of websites FREE OF CHARGE! (one off present from

Email with your logo or a photo of the store, your location, what you do or what you sell, any website or contact details and that’s it!

We’re very excited to be able to offer a new range of dance party packages at One Dance Studio. Ideal for Private Parties, Hen and Stag Nights, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Work Nights Out, Celebrations or just for fun, these include dance classes with one of our instructors, transport and a Party T-shirt for each of your friends.


Choose from a selection of options for both Adults and Kids:

The adults only “Party Like A Celeb” Night offers a Burlesque, Belly Dancing or Hip Hop dance lesson for you and your friends, a party vehicle to drive you on to your night time destination, party photos taken by a professional photographer and souvenir T-Shirt for each party-goer.

The kids party option includes a Hip Hop dance class with one of our talented instructors, the chance to play around in a fully equipped play bus, plus a One Dance Studio goodie bag and party photos taken by a professional photographer.

Prices start at £28 per person, with packages available for up to 23 people.

Other combinations are available to suit your requirements, contact us to talk how to make your dance party go with a swing!