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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.
Services offering daycare of school-aged children, such as breakfast clubs, after school services, holiday clubs and play services.
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
CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication
An awareness leaflet and poster which gives details of the text to complain service number for children and young people
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
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
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
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
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 thematic review capturing the experiences of children attending out of school care services during 2016/17
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)
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