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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    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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    Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) Scotland Act [172KB]

    This guidance supports local authorities and schools, and managers of grant-aided schools, in working with partner agencies to meet the duty to ensure that all schools are health promoting, as set out in the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007.

    • When was this published? 9/27/2010
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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

Evidence

Professional support materials

Information for the public

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    Healthy at school healthy for life: leaflet [2.7MB]

    This leaflet is suitable for parents and teachers. It describes what the Schools Act means for teachers and other school staff.

    • When was this published? 9/27/2010
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    Healthy at school healthy for life: poster [1MB]

    This poster promotes the "Healthy at school, healthy for life" leaflet, and is intended to be displayed in school settings (also suitable for parents ).

    • When was this published? 9/27/2010
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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