The Early Years Framework identifies a meaningful, manageable and robust set of indicators against which progress toward early years outcomes can be assessed. The framework is primarily focused on National Outcome 5 – Our children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed – as this is the key to progress with other national outcomes and progress targets.
The Outcomes Framework was developed in partnership by the Scottish Government, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, Improvement Service, NHS Health Scotland, Information Services Division, HM Inspectorate of Education, Social Work Inspection Agency, Care Commission, Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration, Children in Scotland, and Action for Children.
The Early Years Framework is about improving outcomes for children through transformational change in the way in which policy and practice are developed and delivered in universal and more tailored services affecting children and families. It stresses that this change will be demonstrated by improvement in outcomes for children rather than implementation of individual elements of change or actions.
In order to identify outcome indicators, and develop a shared understanding the framework defines the key outcomes for children in the early years using a logic modelling approach. The Framework uses the wellbeing indicators (Safe, Healthy, Active, Nurtured, Achieving, Respected, Responsible and Included) outlined in Getting It Right For Every Child to develop a framework for identifying outcomes and indicators. For more information, please contact Anncris Roberts, Scottish Government Early Years Framework Team, on 0131 244 7852.