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
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
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.
‘Tomorrow becomes never. No matter how small the task, take the first step now!’
Getting in contact. Please email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bitesize Session - New Quality Framework
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.
Bitesize Session - Quality Improvement
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:
Week 2 -Measurement and setting your aim:
Week 3 - PDSA:
Week 4 - Implementing and sustaining quality improvement:
Bitesize Session - Personal Planning
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.
Bitesize Session - Quality Framework for daycare of children, childminding and school aged childcare
We are making changes to the way we inspect regulated services using the new quality framework for daycare of children, childminding and school aged childcare.
The framework was developed in collaboration with the sector and we want to continue to engage with you as we consider how it will be used in our inspections.
The framework sets out the elements that will help us answer the key questions about the difference your setting is making to children. Following the launch of our draft framework in June 2021, we are testing our methodology in daycare of children, childminding and school aged childcare services. We aim to undertake 60 inspections between August and September 2021 to enable us to test the revised quality illustrations.
If your service is identified as a “test” inspection, your inspector will inform you on arrival at your service. You can find detailed early learning and childcare provider guidance here.
We have also developed a bite sized session to tell you a bit more about the process.
Your views and input will be invaluable as to how our inspections are conducted in the future. Our inspector will engage with you throughout the test inspection and on completion we will ask you for your feedback to help us finalise our methodology for the full launch of the quality framework in the future.
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 - 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:
Scottish Social Services Council Registration
Quality assurance calendars
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Week 1 - Medication:
Week 2 - Safe Recruitment
Week 3 - Scottish Social Services Council Registration
Week 4 - Notifications
Week 5 - Quality Assurance Calendars
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.
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
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 email@example.com
- Operating an early learning and childcare setting (including out of school care and childminders) during COVID-19
Vicky Lamb – Senior Improvement Advisor
Hillary Brookes – Improvement Advisor
Lesley Mitchell - Improvement Support Assistant
Getting in contact. Please email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Archive - previous ELC updates
National Landscape and Developments
An introduction to the improvement support section and quality improvement methodology.
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