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

 

ELC Improvement Programme - External Evaluation

The ELC improvement team were asked by Scottish Government to commission and external evaluation of their programme.  The programme focuses on providing targeted support to those settings currently or at risk of, not meeting the National Standard.  In addition to this the programme provides a range of universal resources to support all settings with improving quality. 

The report demonstrates that there is a continuing and potentially even growing, demand for the support provided by the team. It concludes that to support settings in driving up the quality of care for children, and to enable the programme to work with a wider spectrum of settings, additional capacity and longevity of support through an extension to the current programme will be essential. 

You can read the full report here.

 

ELC Improvement Programme -Talking heads video

        The ELC improvement team have produced a talking heads recording featuring an ELC inspector and a service from cohort one of our programme. It shares the experience and impact the programme has had on the service and the evidence seen by the inspector. You can watch this here.

Please click here to view our latest flash report.

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.

‘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

Day Care of Children Section

Bitesize resources:

New Quality Framework bitesize:

Session 2: 
The ELC Improvement Team have produced a series of  bitesize sessions to introduce the new quality framework. In this second session we focus on how to use evaluative language and best practice guidance to  complete your self evaluation.

Self Evaluation for Improvement - Your Guide

Session 1:
The ELC Improvement Team have produced a bitesize session to introduce the new quality framework.  This session is the first in a series which will support you in using the framework  to it's full potential.  The aim of this session is to introduce the new quality framework for Early Learning and Childcare inspections.

Quality Improvement Bitesize:

We have updated our introductory to quality improvement methodology bitesize sessions.

There are four in this series which aim 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 a quality issue:

Identifying an area - word doc.

 

Week 2 -Measurement and setting your aim:

Testing your idea example
Testing your idea

 

Week 3 - PDSA:

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

 

Week 4 - Implementing and sustaining quality improvement:

PDSA Cycle doc.

Personal Planning Bitesize:

We have recorded a short bite size session to support the guidance which was released in November.  Links to the this and supporting guidance can be found below.

 

Personal Planning document

Helpful links to other websites

Quick Wins Bitesize:

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:

Medication
Safe recruitment
Scottish Social Services Council Registration
Notifications
Quality assurance calendars

**these videos are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International BY-NCO-ND.  This licence allows users to copy and distribute the material in any medium or format in unadapted form only, and only so long as attribution is given to the Care Inspectorate. 
The material must not be remixed, transformed or built upon un anyway.
To view a copy of the licence, visit: https//creativecommons.org/licences/by-ncp-nd-4.0

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

  • Sharing Practice and key resources:

Quality Framework

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021

Keeping children safe poster - SIMOA

Guide for Providers on Personal Planning - Early Learning and Childcare

Out To Play Section 11 Practitioners Supporting Children with Additional Support Needs

Indoor/Outdoor settings

Records that all registered care services (except childminding) must keep and guidance on notification reporting

Realising the Ambition

Out to Play: Practical guidance for creating outdoor play experiences in early learning and childcare

Good practice guidance: prevention and management of choking episodes in babies and children

Children as Human Rights Defenders Toolkit

Self-evaluation for improvement – your guide

Space to Grow: Indoor/outdoor settings

Raising concerns in the workplace. Guidance for employers, social service workers and social work students

Children's rights legislation in Scotland: quick reference guide

Funding Follows The Child And The National Standard For Early Learning and Childcare Providers: Principles and Practice

Guidance on Peripatetic Management Arrangements

Food Matters: Nurturing happy, healthy children

Early Learning and Childcare: Delivering High Quality Play and Learning Environments Outdoors Practice Note

Hygiene Requirements in Outdoor Nurseries in Scotland

Infection Prevention and Control in Childcare Settings (Day Care and Childminding Settings)

Reduce the Risks of Cot Death: Early Years Safe Sleeping Guide

Our Creative Journey

Health and Social Care Standards: Easy Read version

Getting ready to read

Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers

Loose Parts Play: A toolkit

Nappy changing facilities for early learning and childcare services: information to support improvement

My World Outdoors

How good is our early learning and childcare?

Setting the Table: Nutritional guidance and food standards for early years childcare providers in Scotland

Hand Hygiene: information to support improvement

Management of medication in daycare of children and childminding services

Getting it right for every child: A guide to evaluating wellbeing in schools and nurseries

Out of School Care Section

  • Bitesize resources:

New Quality Framework bitesize:

Session 2: 
The ELC Improvement Team have produced a series of  bitesize sessions to introduce the new quality framework. In this second session we focus on how to use evaluative language and best practice guidance to  complete your self evaluation.

Self Evaluation for Improvement - Your Guide

Session 1:
The ELC Improvement Team have produced a bitesize session to introduce the new quality framework.  This session is the first in a series which will support you in using the framework  to it's full potential.  The aim of this session is to introduce the new quality framework for Early Learning and Childcare inspections.

Quality Improvement Bitesize:

We have updated our introductory to quality improvement methodology bitesize sessions.

There are four in this series which aim 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 a quality issue:

Identifying an area - word doc.

 

Week 2 -Measurement and setting your aim:

Testing your idea example
Testing your idea

 

Week 3 - PDSA:

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

 

Week 4 - Implementing and sustaining quality improvement:

PDSA Cycle doc.

Personal Planning Bitesize:

We have recorded a short bite size session to support the guidance which was released in November.  Links to the this and supporting guidance can be found below.

 

Personal Planning document

Helpful links to other websites

Quick Wins Bitesize:

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:

Medication
Safe recruitment
Scottish Social Services Council Registration
Notifications
Quality assurance calendars

**these videos are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International BY-NCO-ND.  This licence allows users to copy and distribute the material in any medium or format in unadapted form only, and only so long as attribution is given to the Care Inspectorate. 
The material must not be remixed, transformed or built upon un anyway.
To view a copy of the licence, visit: https//creativecommons.org/licences/by-ncp-nd-4.0

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

 

  • Sharing Practice and key resources:

Quality Framework

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021

Out of school care: a review of children’s experiences

Keeping children safe poster - SIMOA

Guide for Providers on Personal Planning - Early Learning and Childcare

Out To Play Section 11 Practitioners Supporting Children with Additional Support Needs

Indoor/Outdoor settings

Records that all registered care services (except childminding) must keep and guidance on notification reporting

Realising the Ambition

Out to Play: Practical guidance for creating outdoor play experiences in early learning and childcare

Good practice guidance: prevention and management of choking episodes in babies and children

Children as Human Rights Defenders Toolkit

Self-evaluation for improvement – your guide

Space to Grow: Indoor/outdoor settings

Raising concerns in the workplace. Guidance for employers, social service workers and social work students

Children's rights legislation in Scotland: quick reference guide

Funding Follows The Child And The National Standard For Early Learning and Childcare Providers: Principles and Practice

Guidance on Peripatetic Management Arrangements

Food Matters: Nurturing happy, healthy children

Early Learning and Childcare: Delivering High Quality Play and Learning Environments Outdoors Practice Note

Hygiene Requirements in Outdoor Nurseries in Scotland

Infection Prevention and Control in Childcare Settings (Day Care and Childminding Settings)

Reduce the Risks of Cot Death: Early Years Safe Sleeping Guide

Our Creative Journey

Health and Social Care Standards: Easy Read version

Getting ready to read

Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers

Loose Parts Play: A toolkit

Nappy changing facilities for early learning and childcare services: information to support improvement

My World Outdoors

How good is our early learning and childcare?

Setting the Table: Nutritional guidance and food standards for early years childcare providers in Scotland

Hand Hygiene: information to support improvement

Management of medication in daycare of children and childminding services

Getting it right for every child: A guide to evaluating wellbeing in schools and nurseries

Childminding Section

  • Bitesize Resources:

New Quality Framework Bitesize:

Session 2: 
The ELC Improvement Team have produced a series of  bitesize sessions to introduce the new quality framework. In this second session we focus on how to use evaluative language and best practice guidance to  complete your self evaluation.

Self Evaluation for Improvement - Your Guide

Session 1:
The ELC Improvement Team have produced a bitesize session to introduce the new quality framework.  This session is the first in a series which will support you in using the framework  to it's full potential.  The aim of this session is to introduce the new quality framework for Early Learning and Childcare inspections.

Personal Plans Bitesize:

We have recorded a short bite size session to support the guidance which was released in November.  Links to the this and supporting guidance can be found below.

Personal Planning document

Helpful links to other websites

 

Quick Wins Bitesize - 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

 

  • Sharing Practice and key resources:

Quality Framework

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021

Keeping children safe poster - SIMOA

Out to play section 9 – childmind setting

Out To Play Section 11 Practitioners Supporting Children with Additional Support Needs

Our commitment to childminding in Scotland

Records childminding services must keep and guidance on notification reporting

Realising the Ambition

Good practice guidance: prevention and management of choking episodes in babies and children

Self-evaluation for improvement – your guide

Funding follows the child and the national standard for early learning and childcare providers- guidance for setting sustainable rates from August 2020

Children's rights legislation in Scotland: quick reference guide

Food matters

Gender equal play in early learning and childcare

Infection Prevention and Control in Childcare Settings (Day Care and Childminding Settings)

Reduce the Risks of Cot Death: Early Years Safe Sleeping Guide

Your childminding journey

Our creative journey

Getting ready to read

My childminding experience

Loose parts play

Nappy changing facilities for early learning and childcare services: information to support improvement

My world outdoors

How good is our early learning and childcare?

Choking hazards in the home and how to avoid them

Setting the Table: Nutritional guidance and food standards for early years childcare providers in Scotland

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 - Bitesize session and previous ELC updates

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 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. ​

COVID 19 Bitesize:

We have created a bitesize to share some key information and online resources which can support ELC services to operate safely as we learn to live with Covid-19.  The information used as illustrations within these slides was the most up-to-date available guidance at the time of recording.

Links to any documents we reference throughout this bitesize can be found below this recording on our hub.

Useful website links



 

Newsletter - October 2020

 

Early Learning and Childcare

National Landscape and Developments

Improvement support section

An introduction to the improvement support section and quality improvement methodology.

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: 18 - 24 November 2022

Children and Young People Bulletin: 18 - 24 November 2022

Children and Young People Bulletin: 18 - 24 November 2022

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