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Developed and updated by our policy team, this section of the site will help you maintain awareness of national policy developments affecting social care and social work services, as well as relevant legislation and the Health and Social Care Standards.
Browse resources including Care Inspectorate publications, guidance, and national strategies and frameworks, related to the social care and social work sector in Scotland.
Professional childcare workers who work from their own homes to provide a childcare service for other people's children in a family setting.
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CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
AuthorsScottish Government/Care Inspectorate
CategoryGuidance, Care Inspectorate Publication
Caring for Our Outdoor Spaces is about making the most of the outdoor spaces your ELC settings use and caring for the environment through embedding Learning for Sustainability (LfS). It has been developed to complement the original Out to Play guidance.
A guide for professionals.
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance, Care Inspectorate Programmes & Publications
Using technology and digital devices to make a positive impact on health and wellbeing for people experiencing care.
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, National strategies and frameworks
A strategy providing an insight into what the Care Inspectorate's improvement support offer will be over the next three years and how we will identify where improvements are required
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
A quality framework for daycare of children, childminding and school aged childcare, designed primarily to support services to evaluate their own performance, but will also be used by our inspectors to provide independent assurance about the quality of experiences and outcomes
A guide to support managers and staff in services to develop and improve how personal plans for children are undertaken
This non-statutory Guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations for all involved in protecting children in Scotland and replaces the 2014 version.
Poster to accompany the ELC campaign Keeping Children Safe.
Statutory guidance to education authorities to support them in exercising their functions in relation to the delivery of early learning and childcare from 1 August 2021.
CategoryPolicy & Legislation
A resource developed to support individuals in their induction to delivering ELC – whether that is funded ELC or ELC that families purchase themselves - setting out how individuals can expect employers to support them in their new role.
Guidance and advice for childminding settings on how to access outdoor spaces to create safe, nurturing and high quality outdoor learning experiences
Supplementary guidance to be used alongside the main Out to Play document to support the delivery of outdoor experiences in Out of School Care settings
Supplementary guidance to be used alongside the main Out to Play document to support the delivery of outdoor experiences for children in early learning and childcare with additional support needs
An action plan setting out the Scottish Government’s vision for childminding and the actions to support it that are
being taken now and into the future
A summary of research into the impact of Learning for Sustainability on educational outcomes.
Guidance on the records childminding services must keep about people who use a service, staff records, environment and safety, complaints, medication, finance, staffing levels and employment. Also includes guidance on notification reporting for childminding services. C
Early years practice guidance designed to refresh and build upon the original principles and philosophy of Pre-Birth to 3 and Building the Ambition