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At Cairneyhill Primary, we focus on building strong relationships with our children and families , based on understanding, compassion and respect.

A resource that helps with this is the IFF Kitbag.  Kitbag is a collection of items packed carefully in an attractive cloth roll bag and tied with a ribbon. Children unwrap it to find items including sets of cards, soft finger puppets – a much loved wolf and robin, calming oil (containing lavender and other natural oils), a beautifully crafted wooden ‘Talking stick’ which allows the speaker to be heard with respect and other thoughtfully developed items including a set of mindful actions and a one-minute timer to help with these. Kitbag is for all the senses and has expert scientific thinking behind it to help users regain confidence, feel calm and develop resilience, all in a safe space and without pressure.

Compassion and confidence

All of the materials within Kitbag are there to help children to talk about and understand how they feel, to recognise strengths and to promote compassion and self-confidence.

The results speak for themselves. Children who have used Kitbag in school settings are shown to grow in self-confidence and in their ability to interact with peers. Teachers notice how they begin to value themselves more. 

Many of the outcomes from Kitbag use resonate with the aims of the Scottish Government as part of its drive to close the educational attainment gap. 

School children have demonstrated the use of Kitbag to MSPs from the Scottish Government’s Skills & Education committee, all of whom were interested in its potential and encouraged its use by schools and families.

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