Primary school pupils from Eyemouth gathered to say a big thank you to the area’s tiniest teachers at a Baby Celebration held by Action for Children Scotland and Scottish Borders Council on Tuesday.
The event marked the end of the school year for Roots of Empathy – an innovative programme that aims to reduce bullying by bringing a baby and parent into the classroom.
The pupils thanked baby Dexter Skene by writing wishes for his future, such as such as “be strong and healthy” and “have a wonderful life”, and hanging them on a special wish tree.
As part of the Roots of Empathy curriculum, a baby and parent visit the class nine times throughout the school year. An instructor guides pupils in labelling the baby’s emotions, raising levels of empathy amongst classmates and resulting in a dramatic reduction in levels of aggression among school children.
Janice Chapman, Early Years Manager at SBC said: “The Roots of Empathy programme has been running successfully in four of our primary schools for several years now. Children and staff involved have benefitted from the wonderful learning experience of being part of the life of the child by watching his or her growth and development.”