Starcatchers’ management and administration team have shifted fully to a remote working model this month as we vacate our office space in Summerhall, Edinburgh.

Face-to-face engagement remains at the heart of what we do, but the legacy of working together in a digital space over the past few months, as well as engaging audiences digitally for the first time, will be lasting.

Starcatchers’ face-to-face projects connecting local artists with babies, young children and families in the communities where they live are continuing to develop across Scotland.

And we’re continuing to work with exceptional artists to develop live performances for very young children that will tour as soon as possible.

The only difference will be that the management and administration of all our projects will operate remotely, with flexibility to use community spaces to come together when required.

Creative Skills, our professional development programme for early years professionals is being delivered entirely online in 2020/21. We’ll re-introduce face-to-face training as soon as we can but will continue to invest in the digital resources and services we’ve developed, which have been so well received.

Rhona Matheson, Chief Executive of Starcatchers, said: “As we navigate through this pandemic and look to the future, the importance of arts and creativity in young children’s lives from the start has never been more important.

“We’re absolutely committed to developing our work with a new five-year plan. Our focus is on connecting artists with babies, children and families in the communities where they live and shifting our management and administrative processes online gives us more flexibility.

“We’ve loved being based at Summerhall for the past six years, a hub of arts activity. We’ve all undergone huge changes over the past few months and this is a big step towards making some of these changes more long-term.”