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Find out how the resources on The Hub can support you on your improvement journey. Developed and updated with our improvement team, this section of the site will help you start your improvement journey, with key points, tools and tips for improvement activity which can be applied wherever you are and in no matter what care service. In this section you will also find an overview of all our improvement resources on the Hub as well as information on our recent improvement work.
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.
Using the drop down menus below, you can filter resources by resource type, relevant topics or date of publication.
A national resource to support people joining the early learning and childcare workforce
AuthorsCare Inspectorate and Scottish Social Services Council
Guidance to advise employers, social service workers and social work students on their duty and responsibilities in raising and acting on concerns
A document outlining options for local authorities to consider when developing their processes to contract with private and third sector early learning and childcare providers
A document providing guidance to enable local authorities to set a sustainable rate that is paid to funded providers in the private and third sectors
Guidance to support implementation of the business sustainability criteria of the national standard for early learning and childcare
Guidance to education authorities on their duty to provide education in a mainstream school or early learning and childcare setting unless certain exceptions apply
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, National strategies and frameworks
The findings of a review of early learning and childcare (ELC) covering the period 2014
to 2017, set in the context of ELC expansion.
A guide on How to use The Hub.
Guide to children's rights legislation, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC)
AuthorsHealth Protection Scotland
A document containing links to current national policy and guidance on Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI), antimicrobial prescribing and resistance, decontamination and other related topics
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
Good practice examples to give care services ideas on how to bring generations together in a variety of care settings in a way that improves the quality of their lives
A document addressing some of the frequently asked questions from local authorities and providers about the Funding Follows the Child approach, the National Standard criteria and delivery of the real Living Wage commitment
Guidance on how the Funding Follows the Child approach will operate, in particular how settings will meet the National Standard criteria and what the role of local authorities will be in implementing the approach from August 2020. It also includes clarification on some of the det...
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
A document setting out the Funding Follows the Child approach and the National Standard which will underpin it and which all providers wishing to deliver the funded entitlement will have to meet from 2020. It also details the next steps the Scottish Government will take to suppo...
Guidance and practical advice for early learning and childcare settings and practitioners on how to access outdoor spaces to create safe, nurturing and inspiring outdoor learning experiences
AuthorsCare Inspectorate and Zero Tolerance
A resource aiming to boost awareness of the positive benefits of encouraging and supporting gender equality from an early age
A resource highlighting examples of good practice in supporting children to eat well and enjoy good food every day. It compliments, and should be used alongside, NHS Health Scotland’s Setting the Table, the nutritional guidance and food standards for the early learning and childc...
A report setting out the findings of a five year programme of joint inspections of services for children and young people covering each local authority in Scotland
AuthorsScottish Social Services Council
A leaflet explaining to people what type of behaviour and values they can expect from their care worker and what to do if they have a concern
AuthorsHealth Protection Scotland and NHS National Services Scotland
Guidance on infection prevention and control for staff working within nurseries, day-care centres, playgroups, crèches, children’s centres, childminders, after-school clubs and holiday clubs. It should also be used by these staff involved in all outdoor activities for children
AuthorsNHS Health Scotland
Guidance on weaning, including foods and drinks to avoid and a series of recipes