TOP children's entertainers the McDougalls rolled in to town to lead youngsters in a celebration of song and stories.

Their big show in Gourock's Gamble Halls was organised by Inverclyde Childminding Network.

Around 150 packed in to join in the fun with Ryan Moir and Ruairidh Forde, who tour the country with their theatre show.

It is one of many activities put in place by the local network, the first group of its kind in Scotland.

Organiser Kay Finke said: "It was great fun and everyone seemed to have a great time.

"The McDougalls are fantastic, one of the best children's acts around and they tick all the boxes for the curriculum.

"We wanted to put a show on and bring everyone together."

Ayrshire-based music and theatre company the McDougalls were formed four years ago and have taken off since with tours all over the country.

They have also performed at the Albany Theatre.

At the Gamble Halls they had parents, grannies, childminders and children on their feet for all the action songs.

Inverclyde Childminding Network run a number of activities throughout the year, to support both families and good causes.

They recently held a free family cinema day in exchange for donations to Compassionate Inverclyde and also arranged a road safety day on the Esplanade.

They also run events and provide key training for all childminders.

It was set up to promote childminding and organisers are working closely with Inverclyde Council to create a partnership 'blended care scheme' so parents can use childminders as well as nurseries for their 1,140 hours of funded childcare for three and four year olds.

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