What to expect
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
Settings caring for young children who use nappies must have appropriate facilities. These facilities must provide children with a safe, clean environment and appropriate equipment while promoting privacy, dignity and for older children, independence.
A guide for professionals.
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
Records that all registered children and young peoples care services must keep and guidance on notification reporting.
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
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
A guide to support managers and staff in services to develop and improve how personal plans for children are undertaken
This non-statutory Guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations for all involved in protecting children in Scotland and replaces the 2014 version.
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.
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
Description of Dispersed - Satellite (Outdoor) settings
Description of indoor/outdoor settings
Description of outdoor settings
A summary of research into the impact of Learning for Sustainability on educational outcomes.