Early learning and childcare improvement programme
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 overarching aim of our Early learning and childcare (ELC) improvement programme is to support funded settings across Scotland to improve the quality of ELC and meet the National Standard.
The programme focuses on providing targeted support for those settings currently, or at risk of, not meeting the National Standard through a programme of sessions and peer support opportunities. In addition to this, the programme provides a range of universal resources to support all settings with improving quality.
We were requested by Scottish Government to conduct a self-evaluation of the programme to inform future funding decisions. This report highlights the impact and reach of the programme as well as recommendations for future development. You can access the report by clicking on the link below.
The team would like to thank everyone who contributed to the writing of this document.
Meet the team
Vicky Lamb, Senior Improvement Advisor
Hillary Brookes, Improvement Advisor
Linda Ferguson, Improvement Advisor
Lesley Mitchell, Improvement Support Assistant
External evaluation - 2021/2022
The ELC improvement team were asked by Scottish Government to commission an 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.
Watch the latest in our series of talking heads interviews where Hillary talks to a manager from cohort 2 and her service inspector to find out about their experiences and the impact of the ELC improvement programme.
You can watch it here.
Bite size sessions
We have developed a range of bite sized sessions which are available to all services. These can be accessed by clicking the links below. If you have any feedback on these please get in touch with us via our email address. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Vicky Lamb - Senior Improvement Advisor
Hillary Brookes - Improvement Advisor
Linda Ferguson - Improvement Advisor
Lesley Mitchell - Improvement Support Assistant
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Archive - Bitesize session and previous ELC updates
LC 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.
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.
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