Early Learning and Childcare

Children’s experiences in their early years are very closely related to the quality of care that they receive. We also know that these experiences can have a real impact on how children develop in the future.

It is important that all those involved in the wellbeing, care and education of babies and young children provide an enriched environment in which children can thrive.  High-quality, child care, pre-school and school education has a vital role to play in the successful implementation of The Early Years Framework.  Early learning environments and quality child care have a unique opportunity to adopt a holistic approach to young children's learning, which responds to each child's changing developmental needs and values the child's prior knowledge from home and life experience.

 

 

Articles in this topic

Policy

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    Curriculum for Excellence

    Improving education for children and young people by putting their learning experiences at the heart of education.

    • When was this published? 8/17/2010
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    Curriculum for Excellence: Literacy across Learning

    All practitioners are in a position to make important contributions to developing and reinforcing young people’s literacy skills.

    • When was this published? 10/5/2010
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    National Parenting Strategy: Making a positive difference to children and young people though

    The National Parenting Strategy seeks to champion the importance of parenting, by strengthening the support on offer to parents and by making it easier to access this support, this will support the apiration to make Scotland the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up.

    • When was this published? 12/10/2012
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    Play Strategy for Scotland: Our Vision

    Published in October 2013 this document sets out the steps that need to be taken to achieve the Play Strategy Vision. Focussing on four domains: Home, Nursery and School, Community and Positive Support for Play, this strategy seeks to enable and support children’s play.

    • When was this published? 12/13/2013
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    Positive start, Positive outcomes (online publication)

    This report, from Her Majesty's Inspectorate opf Education (HMIE) details effective practice in the ten elements of transformational change.

    • When was this published? 9/26/2010
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    SCMA Policy Round up on Children and Young Peoples Bill

    Scottish Childminding Associations policy round up

    • When was this published? 6/5/2014
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    Scottish Play Council

    The Scottish Play Council hopes to help build the capacity and voice of the Play Sector in Scotland and is aimed at leaders across the children and young people’s sector who value, support and promote play.

    • When was this published? 9/30/2014
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    The Early Years Framework [601KB]

    This framework is about giving children the best start in life. It looks at the steps the Scottish Government, local partners and practitioners in early years services need to take.

    • When was this published? 8/17/2010
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    The Scottish Child Health Programme: Guidance on the 27-30 month child health review

    Guidance on the core issues which should be addressed and recorded at the 27-30 month review, and standardised methods of assessment to ensure consistency of practice across Scotland

    • When was this published? 1/25/2013

Evidence

Professional support materials

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    Curriculum for Excellence: Active Learning [674KB]

    Active learning is learning which engages and challenges children’s thinking using real-life and imaginary situations.

    • When was this published? 9/26/2010
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    Curriculum for Excellence: Early level context

    The 'Building the Curriculum' series provides advice, guidance and policy for different aspects of Curriculum for Excellence.

    • When was this published? 9/27/2010
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    Directory of transitions in early life

    This site provides a directory of research about the different transitions children face in their early years.

    • When was this published? 9/27/2010
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    Early Years Scotland

    Early Years Scotland delivers support and guidance to providers of pre-school education and childcare services operating throughout mainland Scotland and the Islands.

    • When was this published? 8/17/2010
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    Early years transitions

    As the early level spans pre-school and Primary 1, new opportunities are created to enhance effective transitions.

    • When was this published? 10/6/2010
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    Education Scotland: Early years matters

    An electronic magazine, Early Years Matters contains information about developments education for young children.

    • When was this published? 5/22/2013
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    Education Scotland: Health and wellbeing

    Learning in health and wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge, understanding and skills which they need now and in the future.

    • When was this published? 5/22/2013
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    Education Scotland: outdoor learning

    Helping children towards active lifestyles and active learning.

    • When was this published? 9/17/2010
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    HandsOnScotland Website

    HandsOnScotland is an online resource for anybody working with or caring for children and young people. It provides practical information and techniques on how to respond helpfully to children and young people's troubling behaviour and offers advice and activities on how to help them flourish.

    • When was this published? 11/15/2010
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    Registering as a food business

    Information for childcare workers on registering as a food business

    • When was this published? 3/20/2014
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    Scottish Childminding Association

    SCMA provides support, training and information to childminders to ensure they are confident they offer the best possible service.

    • When was this published? 8/17/2010
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    Supporting the early level

    Guidance on working with children from a young age, and how this relates to the Curriculum for Excellence.

    • When was this published? 9/26/2010

Information for the public

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    SANDS- Stillbirth and Neonatal death charity

    Sands supports anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth.

    • When was this published? 10/14/2013
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    Scottish Childminding Association.

    Childminders can also be found on SCMA’s website via the Childminder Search Service. All childminders who advertise on the search service are members of SCMA and are encourage to update their information regularly.

    • When was this published? 3/20/2014