Pupils’ thank you to ‘baby teachers’

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PRIMARY school pupils are to say “thank you” to the babies who have helped them boost their ability to empathise.

The event will mark the end of the school year for Roots of Empathy­, which encourages children to interact in a nurturing manner by bringing a baby – known as a ‘Tiny Teacher’ – and parent into the classroom.

Paul Carberry, director of service development at Action for Children Scotland, which organised the programme, said: “Visits by the baby and parent are at the heart of Roots of Empathy, helping schoolchildren to better understand their own feelings and the feelings of others – and I’m sure the pupils have learned a lot.”