Useful Links

Below we have provided some links that may prove useful to those who use our service. 

***Please note that Mearns After-School Care is not responsible for the content of external websites***

In relation to child poverty, the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland have developed a tax credits and early years project which aims to help families access the financial support they are entitled to. There are a variety of helpful leaflets which can be viewed here and more information can be found in this document.

Do you have a child aged between 8 and 12 then Play Scotland's Parent's play pack will be of interest to you. This pack includes information on: More play everyday, What's happening when 8-12 year olds are playing?, A balance diet of play, Play outdoors plus much much more.

Online Safety - With the recent concerns regarding online safety, we have researched the following advise for parents/carers and children. This information has been taken from the national online safety website. Please click on the images below for further information regarding online safety:


       7 Conversation Topics                      Age Ratings                                  FIFA                                        Fortnite                                 House Party                            Instagram   

        Live Streaming                       MOMO                           Minecraft                         Roblox                     Screen Addiction                  Snapchat

        The App Store                        Twitter                      Online Bullying                    WhatsApp                        YouTube                         YOBO

Provides a downloadable checklist with some helpful food safety practices for over the Festive period.

Provides online safety education.

​​Mental Health Facts for young people - For further information on mental health for you people please click here

Provides more information on Carers Rights and the Care ACT 2014

Helps families to calculate what benefits they may be entitled to claim, for example assistance with childcare costs.  

Free money advice from East Renfrewshire Council - you can view there information leaflets here. 

Provides assistance with finding childcare in your area. 

Find out more about the Scottish Social Service Council.

Information from the East Renfrewshire Child Protection Committee can be found here, including what to do if you are worried about a child.

Lots of information on this site for parent/carers on how to keep children safe. Especially useful information is the PANTS rule which gives advice on how to talk to children about protecting themselves from abuse. Another helpful section gives advice about when to allow children to be at home alone.

Provide Taekwondo lessons to the children at MACS, always a popular activity!

The Scottish Government has recently launched a website dedicated to supporting everyone worried about child sexual exploitation. With information for children, young  people, friends and families. bvl

These are an inventive way of turning your shoes into slip-ons. If your child has difficulty tying shoe laces then these are a great alternative!

Provides information on free vouchers to spend each week on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. Free vitamins are also available - check this website to see if you qualify.

Family First 

Are you needing some help and have a child between the age of 0-8 year old? please click here to read more information on how family first can help you.

Advice on young/children screen and social media

UK chief medical officers' advice for parents and carers on children and young people's screen and social media use:





UK charity that support children, young people, adults and their families who have eating disorders.

Provides help and advice for families.


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