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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.
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.
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
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
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
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
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.
Early years practice guidance designed to refresh and build upon the original principles and philosophy of Pre-Birth to 3 and Building the Ambition
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
AuthorsFood Standards Agency
Food safety management pack for registered childminders or childcarers on domestic premises who usually provide meals and drinks for the children in their care
Guidance to raise awareness of preventing and managing choking episodes for those caring for young children
AuthorsNHS Education for Scotland & Scottish Social Services Council
A learning resource for health and social care staff which will help support better conversations and interactions with carers
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
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication
Frequently asked questions related to the guidance on the indoor/outdoor settings published alongside Space to Grow.
CategoryGuidance, Care Inspectorate Publication
A guide for care services undertaking self-evaluation
AuthorsChildren in Scotland
A resource for teachers and practitioners to support children and young people’s understanding of their wellbeing.
AuthorsSociety for Companion Animal Studies
A voluntary code intended to offer guidance on good practice for designing and delivering Animal Assisted Interventions effectively and safely, ensuring that the welfare needs of both humans and animals are met