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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Early Learning & Childcare Partnership Summit

Date
12/09/2019

Category
Event

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...

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

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

Funding follows the child and the national standard for early learning and childcare providers- guidance for setting sustainable rates from August 2020 image

Authors
Scottish Government

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Funding follows the child and the national standard for early learning and childcare providers- guidance for setting sustainable rates from August 2020

Date
29/04/2019

Category
Guidance

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

Funding follows the child and the national standard for early learning and childcare providers- guidance on criteria 7 - business sustainability image

Authors
Scottish Government

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Funding follows the child and the national standard for early learning and childcare providers- guidance on criteria 7 - business sustainability

Date
29/04/2019

Category
Guidance

Guidance to support implementation of the business sustainability criteria of the national standard for early learning and childcare

Guidance on the presumption to provide education in a mainstream setting image

Authors
Scottish Government

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Guidance on the presumption to provide education in a mainstream setting

Date
26/03/2019

Category
Guidance

Guidance to education authorities on their duty to provide education in a mainstream school or early learning and childcare setting unless certain exceptions apply

A review of care services for early learning and childcare 2014 - 2017 image

Authors
Care Inspectorate

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A review of care services for early learning and childcare 2014 - 2017

Date
19/03/2019

Category
Care 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.

How to Use 'The Hub' image

Authors
Care Inspectorate

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How to Use 'The Hub'

Date
12/03/2019

Category
Guidance

A guide on How to use The Hub.

Children's rights legislation in Scotland: quick reference guide image

Authors
Scottish Government

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Children's rights legislation in Scotland: quick reference guide

Date
11/03/2019

Category
Guidance

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)

Compendium of Healthcare Associated Infection Guidance image

Authors
Health Protection Scotland

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Compendium of Healthcare Associated Infection Guidance

Date
28/02/2019

Category
Guidance

A document containing links to current national policy and guidance on Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI), antimicrobial prescribing and resistance, decontamination and other related topics

Bringing Generations Together image

Authors
Care Inspectorate

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Bringing Generations Together

Date
12/02/2019

Category
Care 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

Funding Follows The Child And The National Standard For Early Learning and Childcare Providers: Frequently Asked Questions for Local Authorities and Providers image

Authors
Scottish Government

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Funding Follows The Child And The National Standard For Early Learning and Childcare Providers: Frequently Asked Questions for Local Authorities and Providers

Date
21/12/2018

Category
Guidance

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

Funding Follows The Child And The National Standard For Early Learning and Childcare Providers: Operating Guidance image

Authors
Scottish Government

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Funding Follows The Child And The National Standard For Early Learning and Childcare Providers: Operating Guidance

Date
21/12/2018

Category
Guidance

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...

Funding Follows The Child And The National Standard For Early Learning and Childcare Providers: Principles and Practice image

Authors
Scottish Government

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Funding Follows The Child And The National Standard For Early Learning and Childcare Providers: Principles and Practice

Date
21/12/2018

Category
National 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...

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
21/12/2018

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

Guidance on Peripatetic Management Arrangements image

Authors
Care Inspectorate

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Guidance on Peripatetic Management Arrangements

Date
21/12/2018

Category
Guidance, 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

Food Matters: Nurturing happy, healthy children image

Authors
Care Inspectorate

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Food Matters: Nurturing happy, healthy children

Date
12/12/2018

Category
Care Inspectorate Publication, Guidance

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...