3-5 Years

3-5 years

This section covers the period from a child's third birthday until their fifth birthday.

In 2008 the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) published The Early Years Framework, a key piece of policy that recognises that what happens to children in their earliest years reflects the values of our society and is critical to outcomes in adult life. The importance of the early years is supported by a wide range of research and evidence from education, health, justice and economic experts.

The framework defines early years as pre-birth to eight years old in recognition of the importance influencing outcomes from the earliest possible point.