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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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The Scottish Government is hosting an ELC Partnership Summit on Thursday 12 September in Edinburgh. The aim of the ELC Partnership Summit is to highlight and build on the work of the ELC Partnership Forum which brings together local authorities and other partner providers to show...
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
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
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...
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
CategoryGuidance, Care Inspectorate Programmes & Publications
A guidance setting out the parameters of peripatetic management arrangements. Peripatetic management describes the situation where an individual is the named manager of more than one registered care service, either employed by the same or different providers
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...