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

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    Legislation to help learning

    Promoting healthy lifestyles in pupils, parents and the wider commuity as part of the Curriculum For Excellence.

    • When was this last updated? 6/8/2015
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    Benefits of physical activity for infants and young children

    Information on benefits of physical activity in youg children

    • When was this last updated? 3/20/2014
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    Care Inspectorate

    The Care Inspectorate’s website holds information about Scotland’s registered care services, including childminders. The Hub provides access to a range of resources, good practice guidance and information on policy development.

    • When was this last updated? 3/20/2014
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    Community Childminding

    The Scottish Childminding Association’s Community Childminding Service provides early intervention for families at times of need.

    • When was this last updated? 3/20/2014
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    Curriculum for Excellence

    The aims of the Curriculum for Excellence.

    • When was this last updated? 8/9/2010
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    Curriculum for Excellence - Early Level

    Information on how to encourage learning amongst children in their early years.

    • When was this last updated? 6/8/2015
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    Curriculum for Excellence and oral health

    Supported by the Childsmile programme, the Curriculum for Excellence works to improve children's oral health from nursery age onwards.

    • When was this last updated? 6/8/2015
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    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.

    • When was this last updated? 5/6/2014
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    e-learning modules

    NHS Health Scotland has developed a series of e-leaning modules which are accessible to all

    • When was this last updated? 3/11/2014
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    Encouraging physical activity through play

    Early Education Practitioners including nursery staff, play workers and childminders have a great opportunity to support children and families increase physical activity through play.

    • When was this last updated? 3/20/2014
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    Financial inclusion referral pathway toolkit

    A toolkit providing support for developing or improving partnerships between early years services & financial inclusion organisations. It explains the core principles that should underpin these partnerships & uses case studies to illustrate referral pathways and examples of best practice.

    • When was this last updated? 9/8/2016
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    GIRFEC in early learning and childcare

    Early learning and childcares contribution to the GIRFEC aims

    • When was this last updated? 3/11/2014
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    Health and wellbeing

    Learning through health and wellbeing allows children to set healthy patterns for later in life.

    • When was this last updated? 6/8/2015
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    Mitigating the impact of health inequalities though early learning and childcare

    In order to improve the outcomes for Scotland’s most vulnerable children it is essential that we aim to reduce the persistent inequalities that prevent health being improved for all.

    • When was this last updated? 3/11/2014
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    Play and wellbeing

    Taking part in high quality play within early learning environments and at home will contribute to all aspects of a child’s wellbeing

    • When was this last updated? 3/11/2014
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    Reading, literacy and Curriculum for Excellence

    Outlines some opportunities for developing children's literacy.

    • When was this last updated? 6/8/2015
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    The Statutory Guidance on Part 9 (Corporate Parenting) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

    The Statutory Guidance on Part 9 (Corporate Parenting) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 has been published.

    • When was this last updated? 8/17/2015
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    What children can expect from Curriculum for Excellence

    The criteria for a supportive learning environment.

    • When was this last updated? 8/26/2010

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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    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

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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 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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    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
  • External Resource

    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
  • External Resource

    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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    Scottish Out of School Care Network

    The Scottish Out of School Care Network is a Scottish charity supporting school-aged play, care and learning.

    • 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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    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
  • External Resource

    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