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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.
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CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
A summary of research into the impact of Learning for Sustainability on educational outcomes.
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
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
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
Care Inspectorate guidance which aims to help support childminders to consider if there are special circumstances before applying for a variation, and consider any evidence of how the individual needs of all children can be met, if there is an increase in registered numbers
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
A plan to increase the amount of learning time spent on sustainable skills, including in early learning and childcare
Refreshed guidance for education authorities on the promotion and management of school attendance
AuthorsUniversity of Strathclyde
Scotland’s first national position statement on transitions in early childhood, endorsed by the Scottish Government, Education Scotland, Early Years Scotland, the SCMA and among others
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