ELC Improvement Programme
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Early learning and childcare improvement programme

Meet the team:

 Vicky Lamb, Senior Improvement Advisor

 Hillary Brookes, Improvement Advisor

 Linda Ferguson, Improvement Advisor

 Lesley Mitchell, Improvement Support Assistant

Please click here to see our latest Spring update

The Scottish Government has funded the ELC improvement programme to support early learning and childcare settings who offer funded places and are not currently meeting the quality criteria of the National Standard  The aim of the programme is to support funded settings to make the improvements they need to meet the quality criteria. 

We work collaboratively with services through the delivery of learning events, providing individual improvement support and the sharing of good practice resources. We work with local authorities to support the improvement of early learning and childcare settings within their authority area.  

We have developed a range of bite sized sessions which are available to all services. These can be accessed by clicking the links below.

Remember to take the time to review the bitesize resources we have available and if you any feedback on these please get in touch with us via our email address.  We look forward to hearing from you.

To view the latest Scottish Government COVID-19 training animation for the early learning and childcare sector click here.

‘Tomorrow becomes never. No matter how small the task, take the first step now!’
Tim Ferriss

Getting in contact. Please email - elcimprove@careinspectorate.gov.scot

Bitesize Session - Scrutiny & Assurance during COVID19

In this bite size session we would like to share information about our current approach to the scrutiny of early learning and childcare services including childminders and out of school care.  Information has previously been shared through our regular provider updates and we would ask you to continue to familiarise yourselves with these as they will provide you with the most recent and up-to-date information.

Bitesize Session - Quality Improvement

We have created a series of quality improvement bitesize sessions. There will be four in the series to introduce and support you in applying quality improvement methodology within your own service. These sessions are designed to be viewed consecutively, with short activities to support you in making sustained improvements within your service. 

Week 1 - Identifying an area:

Identifying an area - word doc.


Week 2 - Testing your idea:

Testing your idea example
Testing your idea


Week 3 - Getting Started

Change ideas doc.
Change planning example sheet
Change planning sheet
Model for Improvement


Week 4 - PDSA Cycle

PDSA Cycle doc.

Bitesize Sessions - Quick Wins

We have developed a series of 5 bite sized sessions on quick wins.  These aim to help you make easy to implement improvements that will have a positive impact.  The changes can be delivered quickly, with minimal effort.  We will release one session a week and you can chose the ones that will be helpful to you.  The sessions are:

Safe recruitment
Scottish Social Services Council Registration
Quality assurance calendars

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Week 1 - Medication:

Management of medication
in daycare of children and
childminding services 

Do not use antipyretic agents with the sole aim of reducing body temperature in children with fever. Antipyretic agents

Coronavirus in Children


Week 2 - Safe Recruitment


Safer Recruitment Through Better Recruitment

Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice


Week 3 - Scottish Social Services Council  Registration

Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice

MySSSC log in

Scottish Social Services Council registration


Week 4 - Notifications

Care Inspectorate eforms


Week 5 - Quality Assurance Calendars

QA calendar pdf document 

Thank you for watching our bite sized session on quick wins we hope you have found these helpful.  Please click the link below to complete a survey with your feedback.  Thank you.

Quick wins survey

Bitesize Sessions - Key Question 5 self-evaluation

Welcome to our series of four short, bitesize sessions to introduce and support services in completing their Key Question 5 self-evaluation.  They share some pointers and reminders which will support you to think about the information and detail required to ensure you get the very best from your service self-evaluation.  The sessions have been designed to be viewed in sequence.  

To help us measure the impact of these sessions, we would be grateful if you could complete the short feedback questionnaire at the end of session four.

ELC self-evaluation: Introduction to self-evaluation (session 1)

ELC self-evaluation: How are we doing (session 2)

ELC self-evaluation: How do we know (session 3)

ELC self-evaluation: What are we going to do now (session 4)

To help us measure the impact of these sessions, please complete this short feedback questionnaire once you have watched all four sessions. Thank you. ​


Sharing Practice and Key Resources


Scottish Government Early Learning and Childcare COVID-19 Update
No. 13 – March 2021


This section is dedicated to sharing practice, key resources and quick wins which could benefit your day-to-day work in early learning and childcare. Is there any aspect of practice you would like to see in this section, if so please email elcimprove@careinspectorate.gov.scot


Contact Us

Vicky Lamb – Senior Improvement Advisor
Hillary Brookes – Improvement Advisor 
Lesley Mitchell - Improvement Support Assistant 

Getting in contact. Please email - elcimprove@careinspectorate.gov.scot

Tweet      #ELCImprove

Archive - previous ELC updates

Early Learning and Childcare

National Landscape and Developments

Starting your improvement journey

An introduction to improvement theory and how to achieve positive change

Health and Social Care Standards

The Health and Social Care Standards set out what we should expect when using health, social care or social work services in Scotland

Latest Children and Young People Bulletin

A weekly bulletin produced by our policy team providing an update on the key developments concerning children and young people

Children and Young People Bulletin: 5 - 11 June 2021

Children and Young People Bulletin: 5 - 11 June 2021

Children and Young People Bulletin: 5 - 11 June 2021

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