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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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Guidance to education authorities on their duty to provide education in a mainstream school or early learning and childcare setting unless certain exceptions apply
AuthorsChildren in Scotland
The Food Conference 2019 will take place in Edinburgh on the 20 March
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
AuthorsScottish Social Services Council
Guidance for social service workers, social work students and employers on raising concerns in the workplace, explaining the difference between raising a concern and whistleblowing, as well as when a concern qualifies for legal protection under whistleblowing law. The section fo...
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...
CategoryNational strategies and frameworks
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
AuthorsCare Inspectorate and Zero Tolerance
A resource aiming to boost awareness of the positive benefits of encouraging and supporting gender equality from an early age
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...
Practice note to assist in the planning and delivery of provision of play and outdoor learning. The resource promotes the adoption of good design principles which contribute to high quality and stimulating care and learning environments that support all children no matter what th...
A report setting out the findings of a five year programme of joint inspections of services for children and young people covering each local authority in Scotland
A leaflet explaining to people what type of behaviour and values they can expect from their care worker and what to do if they have a concern
AuthorsHealth Protection Scotland
Hygiene requirements for outdoor early learning and childcare settings which should be read in conjunction with Infection Prevention and Control in Childcare Settings (Day Care and Childminding)
AuthorsHealth Protection Scotland and NHS National Services Scotland
Guidance on infection prevention and control for staff working within nurseries, day-care centres, playgroups, crèches, children’s centres, childminders, after-school clubs and holiday clubs. It should also be used by these staff involved in all outdoor activities for children
AuthorsNHS Health Scotland
Guidance on weaning, including foods and drinks to avoid and a series of recipes
AuthorsGetting to Know Getting It Right For Every Child Team and National Third Sector Getting It Right For Every Child Project
Resource designed to encourage young people to think about their own wellbeing, to share any concerns they have and to explore ways to improve their wellbeing with appropriate support