Playgroups and Nurseries

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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Records that all registered care services (except childminding) must keep and guidance on notification reporting image

Authors
Care Inspectorate

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Records that all registered care services (except childminding) must keep and guidance on notification reporting

Date
30/04/2020

Category
Care 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...

The Impact of Learning for Sustainability on Educational Outcomes - A Summary of Findings image

Authors
Scottish Government

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The Impact of Learning for Sustainability on Educational Outcomes - A Summary of Findings

Date
18/03/2020

Category
National strategies and frameworks

A summary of research into the impact of Learning for Sustainability on educational outcomes.

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Authors
Education Scotland

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Realising the Ambition

Date
26/02/2020

Category
Guidance

Early years practice guidance designed to refresh and build upon the original principles and philosophy of Pre-Birth to 3 and Building the Ambition

Out to Play: Practical guidance for creating outdoor play experiences in early learning and childcare image

Authors
Scottish Government

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Out to Play: Practical guidance for creating outdoor play experiences in early learning and childcare

Date
10/02/2020

Category
Guidance

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

Good practice guidance: prevention and management of choking episodes in babies and children image

Authors
Care Inspectorate

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Good practice guidance: prevention and management of choking episodes in babies and children

Date
12/12/2019

Category
Care Inspectorate Publication, Guidance

Guidance to raise awareness of preventing and managing choking episodes for those caring for young children

Children as Human Rights Defenders Toolkit image

Authors
Children’s Parliament and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland

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Children as Human Rights Defenders Toolkit

Date
05/12/2019

Category
Guidance

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

Autism Toolbox image

Authors
Education Scotland

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Autism Toolbox

Date
21/11/2019

Category
Guidance

Equal Partners in Care image

Authors
NHS Education for Scotland & Scottish Social Services Council

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Equal Partners in Care

Date
22/10/2019

Category
Guidance

A learning resource for health and social care staff which will help support better conversations and interactions with carers

Care Inspectorate Improvement Strategy 2019-2022 image

Authors
Care Inspectorate

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Care Inspectorate Improvement Strategy 2019-2022

Date
21/10/2019

Category
Care 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: Space to Grow: indoor/outdoor settings image

Authors
Care Inspectorate

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Frequently asked questions: Space to Grow: indoor/outdoor settings

Date
07/10/2019

Category
Care Inspectorate Publication

Frequently asked questions related to the guidance on the indoor/outdoor settings published alongside Space to Grow.

Self-evaluation for improvement – your guide image

Authors
Care Inspectorate

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Self-evaluation for improvement – your guide

Date
16/09/2019

Category
Guidance, Care Inspectorate Publication

A guide for care services undertaking self-evaluation

Space to Grow: Indoor/outdoor settings image

Authors
Care Inspectorate and Scottish Government

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Space to Grow: Indoor/outdoor settings

Date
28/08/2019

Category
Care Inspectorate Publication, Guidance

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...

Improving children and young people's understanding of their wellbeing image

Authors
Children in Scotland

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Improving children and young people's understanding of their wellbeing

Date
14/08/2019

Category
Guidance

A resource for teachers and practitioners to support children and young people’s understanding of their wellbeing.

Animal Assisted Interventions: SCAS Code of Practice for the UK image

Authors
Society for Companion Animal Studies

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Animal Assisted Interventions: SCAS Code of Practice for the UK

Date
01/08/2019

Category
Guidance

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

Learning for sustainability: Vision 2030+ action plan image

Authors
Scottish Government

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Learning for sustainability: Vision 2030+ action plan

Date
19/06/2019

Category
National strategies and frameworks

A plan to increase the amount of learning time spent on sustainable skills, including in early learning and childcare

Included, Engaged and Involved Part 1: A Positive Approach to the Promotion and Management of Attendance in Scottish Schools image

Authors
Scottish Government

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Included, Engaged and Involved Part 1: A Positive Approach to the Promotion and Management of Attendance in Scottish Schools

Date
14/06/2019

Category
Guidance

Refreshed guidance for education authorities on the promotion and management of school attendance

Scottish Early Childhood, Children and Families Transitions Position Statement image

Authors
University of Strathclyde

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Scottish Early Childhood, Children and Families Transitions Position Statement

Date
10/06/2019

Category
National strategies and frameworks

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

Scottish Early Childhood, Children and Families Transitions Statement: Summary Statement image

Authors
University of Strathclyde

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Scottish Early Childhood, Children and Families Transitions Statement: Summary Statement

Date
10/06/2019

Category
National strategies and frameworks

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

Early learning and childcare - National induction resource image

Authors
Scottish Government

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Early learning and childcare - National induction resource

Date
20/05/2019

Category
Guidance

A national resource to support people joining the early learning and childcare workforce

Raising concerns in the workplace. Guidance for employers, social service workers and social work students image

Authors
Care Inspectorate and Scottish Social Services Council

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Raising concerns in the workplace. Guidance for employers, social service workers and social work students

Date
14/05/2019

Category
Guidance

Guidance to advise employers, social service workers and social work students on their duty and responsibilities in raising and acting on concerns

Funding follows the child and the national standard for early learning and childcare providers - transition options guidance on contracting image

Authors
Scottish Government

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Funding follows the child and the national standard for early learning and childcare providers - transition options guidance on contracting

Date
29/04/2019

Category
Guidance

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