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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.
Daycare provided for infants and toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-aged children in a centre-based facility, such as a nursery, playgroup or afterschool club.
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CategoryCare Inspectorate Publication, Guidance
Guidance on the records all registered care services (except childminding) must keep about people who use a service, staff records, environment and safety, complaints, medication, finance, staffing levels and deployment. It also includes guidance on notification reporting for all...
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
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
Guidance to raise awareness of preventing and managing choking episodes for those caring for young children
AuthorsChildren’s Parliament and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland
Toolkit for adults who work with children and young people, which highlights the ways in which children and young people already act as human rights defenders, and how adults can best empower and protect them
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
AuthorsCare Inspectorate and Scottish Government
A resource providing further explanation of indoor/outdoor settings with a focus on outdoor space. It should be used in conjunction with Space to Grow as a tool to support providers and stakeholders with early learning and child care expansion plans and for those looking to make...
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