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Is the child really at the centre of early learning and childcare?

... Is the child really at the centre of early learning and childcare? 5 September 2019 A recent seminar led by developmental psychologist Dr Suzanne Zeedyk raised vital questions about our approach to the early years, writes Sally Cavers,...


Children in Scotland to manage new early learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund

... Children in Scotland to manage new early learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund Children in Scotland will manage a new fund aimed at supporting early learning and childcare settings to meet the needs of children with additional support...

additional support needs childcare early learning funding

New film shares learning from early years family support partnership project
Early years early years policy family family centres family support Midlothian Nordic Norway open kindergartens Parenting across Scotland University of Stirling young children

The early years in focus: creating an event to support the sector

Ongoing issues with delivery of Additional Support for Learning, new report reveals

Mirrors and windows - why representing LGBT people, their lives and histories is vital within teaching and learning

Government ‘must be brave’ in leading education reforms, focusing on rights, early years and meeting all learners’ needs

...governance in all of its work Their pledge to introduce specific proposals to consult with the early learning and Childcare (ELC) sector before the summer, in response to recommendations 13, 14, 15, and 16 calling for the new independent...

additional support for learning Children's rights Early years Education education reform inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors learners report

Progress on additional support for learning must be accelerated in wake of the pandemic
additional support for learning ASL ASL review ASN inclusion

Young citizens: Why learning about freedom of expression and digital rights should start at school

Changes to our learning programme announced
Covid-19 events training webinars

25 Calls response: Children are constrained by tired gender stereotypes – it’s never too early or late to challenge them

...so well. We will be launching our new resource with the Care Inspectorate, ‘Gender Equal Play in early learning and Childcare on 11 December, and launching our campaign on challenging gender stereotyping of young children in early 2019. In the...

gender

Mental Health Strategy focus on early intervention welcome, but children’s voices must be at heart of implementation

...beyond those with conduct disorders. This should be linked with extension of childcare provision. early learning and Childcare providers have huge potential to support positive mental health and development of parents and children. It should also...

Children Early years Families Health Mental Health Scottish Government Wellbeing

New partnership set to improve access to education for professionals in the children’s sector

...in length from one hour of study up to 24 hours and will cover a wide range of topics including early learning, psychology and development, mental health and wellbeing, as well as more general courses focused on leadership, sustainability and...


Celebrating our successes at 30 

...on developing the workforce, bringing international learnings to the sector, particularly on early learning and childcare.   Allowing children to shape their own future  There have been numerous successes for our team in the past 30 years,...


Success Looks Different returns for a second year

...be awarded in the categories of primary, secondary and special schools. For the first time, an early learning and childcare category has also been introduced. Schools and early learning settings can click the link below to find out more and...


Exams aren’t everything. Every pupil, and every pupil’s journey, matters

...Award is open to all publicly funded and grant-aided schools, including primary, secondary, early learning settings and special schools. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on Friday 10 June.   Click here to find out more Click here...


2021 Elections to the Children's Sector Strategic and Policy Forum

...people and their families to support them to engage with the other services they use Early years, early learning and childcare & family support (2 places) – Your organisation works with children, young people and their families in the...


Our view on the Programme for Government: Positive pledges on youth jobs and climate, more ambition needed on family support and fighting poverty

...Programme for Government also contains a commitment to update on the expansion of early learning and Childcare. An assessment of the readiness for expansion will be provided by December. Children in Scotland is concerned by these...

communities Education environment Health Inequalities programme for government UNCRC

Scotland's public health time bomb is ticking

...the lives of young children. Evidence: the rediscovery of the Health Visitor service, expansion of early learning and childcare and the Care Review. But we need to build on this by giving more support to parents from before conception till the...


Proportion of Children in Scotland staff to be furloughed for three-week period

...and support for parents by parents. You can also contact the team on office@npfs.org.uk early learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund The team continues to provide information and advice. Please email the...

Covid-19 furlough third sector

Childcare expansion delay must not risk losing long-term focus on reducing inequalities for children and families

...(click to read)  advising that the statutory duty on local authorities to provide 1140 hours of early learning and childcare from this August was suspended. They added that: “Tens of thousands of children have already benefited from expanded...

childcare Early years Families Health Inequality Scottish Government

Childcare expansion: prioritise quality and inclusive practice, and ensure that the child’s experience is central

...impact this could have on children. Tied to the issue of quality is the skills and status of the early learning and childcare workforce. They are the front line in supporting all childhood development in ELC settings. Pay, training and attitudes...

additional support for learning ASL Brexit childcare early learning and childcare Early years inclusion

Effective engagement with staff and parents 'key to successful childcare expansion'

...March 2020 Children in Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the early learning and Childcare statutory guidance ahead of the full roll-out of the ELC expansion in August. Key recommendations in our response...


The rights of children and families must be at the heart of housing policy

...Place Standard National Planning Framework National Transport Strategy Child Poverty Delivery Plan early learning and Childcare expansion Policing 2026 strategy Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 GIRFEC UNCRC Incorporation Click here to read the...


The early learning & Childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund

... Our work Services & Funds early learning & Childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund The Scottish Government’s four-year early learning & Childcare Inclusion Fund came to an end in March 2022.  We are currently (as of June 2022) working with...


Consultation response: Inspection of early learning and childcare and school age childcare services in Scotland (October 2022)

...Children in Scotland's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on Inspection of early learning and childcare and school age childcare services in...


Children in Scotland's Early Years Conference 2023 Hub

...of services working with children and families together Delivery of services for providers of early learning and Childcare Delivery of high quality, relevant professional learning services for the workforce Delivery of advocacy and...


Early Years Conference 2023

Scouts Scotland extends human rights learning badge

...human rights learning badge Posted 19.05.23 by Alice Hinds Children's rights early learning human rights The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland and Scouts Scotland have announced new resources for...

Children's rights early learning human rights

CHANGE: Learning summaries

...learned so far? Play and youth services in Glasgow East What have we learned so far? Feedback from early learning and Childcare providers What have we learned so far? Feedback from OSC providers CHANGE Return to project...


Call 6: Rights, wellbeing and love of learning must be at the heart of education if Scotland is truly to be the 'best place to grow up'

Access to Childcare Fund evaluation published

...for low income families Posted 06.10.23 by Alice Hinds childcare Children early learning Early years Families More parents have been able to start work or progress their careers, improve overall health and...

childcare Children early learning Early years Families

New funding announced to improve childcare

...three- and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds currently entitled to 1,140 hours of funded early learning and childcare per year, the First Minister said Scotland has the “most generous childcare offer anywhere in the UK”, and...

childcare childcare expansion out of school care School

Sturgeon resigns and centres care experience in speech

...including: Greater access to university for young people from deprived backgrounds Investments in early learning and childcare Introduction of Scotland's Baby Box Launch of the Scottish Child Payment. "As the Institute for Fiscal Studies...

Attainment baby box Education Nicola Sturgeon Scottish Child Payment Scottish Government Scottish Parliament the Promise

More than a third of parents can't access suitable childcare

...22 November, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond childcare cost of living early learning and childcare Early years working parents New research has revealed that affordability and flexibility are key...

childcare cost of living early learning and childcare Early years working parents

Further resources AC22

...My Say animation, designed to help children and young people understand the service. The early learning & Childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund provides funding to ELC settings to support children with additional support needs. The...


Supporting working mothers

...Government plans give me hope for working mothers Posted 1 November 2022, by Jennifer Drummond early learning and childcare Early years working parents Jenifer Johnson (pictured) reflects on the promises of the new Best Start Plan and her...

early learning and childcare Early years working parents

Grant opens for families with young children

...payments administered by Social Security Scotland: Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment; early learning Payment; School Age Payment: helps towards the costs of being pregnant or looking after a child Best Start Food Payment: helps...

child poverty family support funding grant primary Scottish Child Payment Scottish Government

Success Looks Different Award

...Success Looks Different Awards are open to education settings in four categories: early learning and childcare / Nursery Primary school Secondary school Special school Eligibility The award is open to all publicly funded schools,...

additional support needs ASL inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

Project launches to support childminder recruitment

...2022, by Jennifer Drummond. Image supplied by SCMA. childminders childminding early learning and childcare A new partnership project has been launched to support the recruitment and training of more than 100...

childminders childminding early learning and childcare

Member directory: full

...and development for the third sector | argylltsi.org Argyll and Bute Early Years Childcare, early learning and support provision | argyll-bute.gov.uk/early-years Arran Community & Voluntary Service Coordinating voluntary effort with...


Member directory: N-S

...in Advocacy Independent advocacy service | partnersinadvocacy.org.uk Pear Tree Nurseries early learning and childcare | peartreenurseries.co.uk Peeple Support for children and parents to learn together | peeple.org.uk Pennypit Community...


Member directory: G-M

...for women and young people impacted by abuse | glasgowwomensaid.org.uk Glenview Cottage Nursery early learning and childcare | glenview-nursery.co.uk Gracemount Primary School Primary school | gracemountprimaryblog.wordpress.com Granton Early...


Member directory: A-F

...and development for the third sector | argylltsi.org Argyll and Bute Early Years Childcare, early learning and support provision | argyll-bute.gov.uk/early-years Arran Community & Voluntary Service Coordinating voluntary effort with...


The value of childminding must be recognised

...2016 the Scottish Government published an ambitious blueprint to increase the entitlement to free early learning and Childcare (known as ‘funded ELC’) from 600 hours to 1140 hours for all three- and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds in...

childcare childminding Early years ELC out of school care

Education Recovery plan is missed opportunity

...of 3,500 additional teachers and 500 support staff over this parliamentary term Expanded funded early learning and childcare for children aged one and two, starting with low-inocme households Committing £1 billion to tackle the poverty related...

Attainment childcare Education health and wellbeing

No commitment on Scottish Child Payment

...to increase Scottish Child Payment Posted 8 September, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond early learning and childcare Education Mental Health Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has presented the legislative...

early learning and childcare Education Mental Health

Contacts

...Hay is Access to Childcare Fund lead. Email: ahay@childreninscotland.org.uk The early learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund The ELC Inclusion Fund operated for four years and came to an end on 31 March 2022. It provided funding...


Media enquiries

...for low-income families. Please click on the title links provided for additional information. early learning & Childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund – provides funding to ELC settings to support children with additional support needs (ASN) in...


Our offer to you during a critical time

...has written a coronavirus service update page outlining what is available from the partners. The early learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund The fifth round of the Scottish Government's early learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund, managed by...


"Let's embrace change and build a service we're proud of"

...and four-year-old as well as eligible two-year-olds will be entitled to 1,140 hours of funded early learning and childcare per year. This almost doubles the previous allocation of 600 hours. Due to be universally available, the change in...



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Is the child really at the centre of early learning and childcare?

... Is the child really at the centre of early learning and childcare? 5 September 2019 A recent seminar led by developmental psychologist Dr Suzanne Zeedyk raised vital questions about our approach to the early years, writes Sally Cavers,...


Children in Scotland to manage new early learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund

... Children in Scotland to manage new early learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund Children in Scotland will manage a new fund aimed at supporting early learning and childcare settings to meet the needs of children with additional support...

additional support needs childcare early learning funding

New film shares learning from early years family support partnership project
Early years early years policy family family centres family support Midlothian Nordic Norway open kindergartens Parenting across Scotland University of Stirling young children

The early years in focus: creating an event to support the sector

Ongoing issues with delivery of Additional Support for Learning, new report reveals

Mirrors and windows - why representing LGBT people, their lives and histories is vital within teaching and learning

Government ‘must be brave’ in leading education reforms, focusing on rights, early years and meeting all learners’ needs

...governance in all of its work Their pledge to introduce specific proposals to consult with the early learning and Childcare (ELC) sector before the summer, in response to recommendations 13, 14, 15, and 16 calling for the new independent...

additional support for learning Children's rights Early years Education education reform inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors learners report

Progress on additional support for learning must be accelerated in wake of the pandemic
additional support for learning ASL ASL review ASN inclusion

Young citizens: Why learning about freedom of expression and digital rights should start at school

Changes to our learning programme announced
Covid-19 events training webinars

25 Calls response: Children are constrained by tired gender stereotypes – it’s never too early or late to challenge them

...so well. We will be launching our new resource with the Care Inspectorate, ‘Gender Equal Play in early learning and Childcare on 11 December, and launching our campaign on challenging gender stereotyping of young children in early 2019. In the...

gender

Mental Health Strategy focus on early intervention welcome, but children’s voices must be at heart of implementation

...beyond those with conduct disorders. This should be linked with extension of childcare provision. early learning and Childcare providers have huge potential to support positive mental health and development of parents and children. It should also...

Children Early years Families Health Mental Health Scottish Government Wellbeing

New partnership set to improve access to education for professionals in the children’s sector

...in length from one hour of study up to 24 hours and will cover a wide range of topics including early learning, psychology and development, mental health and wellbeing, as well as more general courses focused on leadership, sustainability and...


Celebrating our successes at 30 

...on developing the workforce, bringing international learnings to the sector, particularly on early learning and childcare.   Allowing children to shape their own future  There have been numerous successes for our team in the past 30 years,...


Success Looks Different returns for a second year

...be awarded in the categories of primary, secondary and special schools. For the first time, an early learning and childcare category has also been introduced. Schools and early learning settings can click the link below to find out more and...


Exams aren’t everything. Every pupil, and every pupil’s journey, matters

...Award is open to all publicly funded and grant-aided schools, including primary, secondary, early learning settings and special schools. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on Friday 10 June.   Click here to find out more Click here...


2021 Elections to the Children's Sector Strategic and Policy Forum

...people and their families to support them to engage with the other services they use Early years, early learning and childcare & family support (2 places) – Your organisation works with children, young people and their families in the...


Our view on the Programme for Government: Positive pledges on youth jobs and climate, more ambition needed on family support and fighting poverty

...Programme for Government also contains a commitment to update on the expansion of early learning and Childcare. An assessment of the readiness for expansion will be provided by December. Children in Scotland is concerned by these...

communities Education environment Health Inequalities programme for government UNCRC

Scotland's public health time bomb is ticking

...the lives of young children. Evidence: the rediscovery of the Health Visitor service, expansion of early learning and childcare and the Care Review. But we need to build on this by giving more support to parents from before conception till the...


Proportion of Children in Scotland staff to be furloughed for three-week period

...and support for parents by parents. You can also contact the team on office@npfs.org.uk early learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund The team continues to provide information and advice. Please email the...

Covid-19 furlough third sector

Childcare expansion delay must not risk losing long-term focus on reducing inequalities for children and families

...(click to read)  advising that the statutory duty on local authorities to provide 1140 hours of early learning and childcare from this August was suspended. They added that: “Tens of thousands of children have already benefited from expanded...

childcare Early years Families Health Inequality Scottish Government

Childcare expansion: prioritise quality and inclusive practice, and ensure that the child’s experience is central

...impact this could have on children. Tied to the issue of quality is the skills and status of the early learning and childcare workforce. They are the front line in supporting all childhood development in ELC settings. Pay, training and attitudes...

additional support for learning ASL Brexit childcare early learning and childcare Early years inclusion

Effective engagement with staff and parents 'key to successful childcare expansion'

...March 2020 Children in Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the early learning and Childcare statutory guidance ahead of the full roll-out of the ELC expansion in August. Key recommendations in our response...


The rights of children and families must be at the heart of housing policy

...Place Standard National Planning Framework National Transport Strategy Child Poverty Delivery Plan early learning and Childcare expansion Policing 2026 strategy Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 GIRFEC UNCRC Incorporation Click here to read the...



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The early learning & Childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund

... Our work Services & Funds early learning & Childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund The Scottish Government’s four-year early learning & Childcare Inclusion Fund came to an end in March 2022.  We are currently (as of June 2022) working with...


Children in Scotland's Early Years Conference 2023 Hub

...of services working with children and families together Delivery of services for providers of early learning and Childcare Delivery of high quality, relevant professional learning services for the workforce Delivery of advocacy and...


Early Years Conference 2023

CHANGE: Learning summaries

...learned so far? Play and youth services in Glasgow East What have we learned so far? Feedback from early learning and Childcare providers What have we learned so far? Feedback from OSC providers CHANGE Return to project...


Further resources AC22

...My Say animation, designed to help children and young people understand the service. The early learning & Childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund provides funding to ELC settings to support children with additional support needs. The...


Contacts

...Hay is Access to Childcare Fund lead. Email: ahay@childreninscotland.org.uk The early learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund The ELC Inclusion Fund operated for four years and came to an end on 31 March 2022. It provided funding...


Media enquiries

...for low-income families. Please click on the title links provided for additional information. early learning & Childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund – provides funding to ELC settings to support children with additional support needs (ASN) in...


Our offer to you during a critical time

...has written a coronavirus service update page outlining what is available from the partners. The early learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund The fifth round of the Scottish Government's early learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund, managed by...



No results found.


No results found.


Consultation response: Inspection of early learning and childcare and school age childcare services in Scotland (October 2022)
attachment

...Children in Scotland's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on Inspection of early learning and childcare and school age childcare services in...


Scouts Scotland extends human rights learning badge
post

...human rights learning badge Posted 19.05.23 by Alice Hinds Children's rights early learning human rights The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland and Scouts Scotland have announced new resources for...

Children's rights early learning human rights

Call 6: Rights, wellbeing and love of learning must be at the heart of education if Scotland is truly to be the 'best place to grow up'
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Access to Childcare Fund evaluation published
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...for low income families Posted 06.10.23 by Alice Hinds childcare Children early learning Early years Families More parents have been able to start work or progress their careers, improve overall health and...

childcare Children early learning Early years Families

New funding announced to improve childcare
post

...three- and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds currently entitled to 1,140 hours of funded early learning and childcare per year, the First Minister said Scotland has the “most generous childcare offer anywhere in the UK”, and...

childcare childcare expansion out of school care School

Sturgeon resigns and centres care experience in speech
post

...including: Greater access to university for young people from deprived backgrounds Investments in early learning and childcare Introduction of Scotland's Baby Box Launch of the Scottish Child Payment. "As the Institute for Fiscal Studies...

Attainment baby box Education Nicola Sturgeon Scottish Child Payment Scottish Government Scottish Parliament the Promise

More than a third of parents can't access suitable childcare
post

...22 November, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond childcare cost of living early learning and childcare Early years working parents New research has revealed that affordability and flexibility are key...

childcare cost of living early learning and childcare Early years working parents

Supporting working mothers
post

...Government plans give me hope for working mothers Posted 1 November 2022, by Jennifer Drummond early learning and childcare Early years working parents Jenifer Johnson (pictured) reflects on the promises of the new Best Start Plan and her...

early learning and childcare Early years working parents

Grant opens for families with young children
post

...payments administered by Social Security Scotland: Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment; early learning Payment; School Age Payment: helps towards the costs of being pregnant or looking after a child Best Start Food Payment: helps...

child poverty family support funding grant primary Scottish Child Payment Scottish Government

Success Looks Different Award
post

...Success Looks Different Awards are open to education settings in four categories: early learning and childcare / Nursery Primary school Secondary school Special school Eligibility The award is open to all publicly funded schools,...

additional support needs ASL inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

Project launches to support childminder recruitment
post

...2022, by Jennifer Drummond. Image supplied by SCMA. childminders childminding early learning and childcare A new partnership project has been launched to support the recruitment and training of more than 100...

childminders childminding early learning and childcare

Member directory: full
post

...and development for the third sector | argylltsi.org Argyll and Bute Early Years Childcare, early learning and support provision | argyll-bute.gov.uk/early-years Arran Community & Voluntary Service Coordinating voluntary effort with...


Member directory: N-S
post

...in Advocacy Independent advocacy service | partnersinadvocacy.org.uk Pear Tree Nurseries early learning and childcare | peartreenurseries.co.uk Peeple Support for children and parents to learn together | peeple.org.uk Pennypit Community...


Member directory: G-M
post

...for women and young people impacted by abuse | glasgowwomensaid.org.uk Glenview Cottage Nursery early learning and childcare | glenview-nursery.co.uk Gracemount Primary School Primary school | gracemountprimaryblog.wordpress.com Granton Early...


Member directory: A-F
post

...and development for the third sector | argylltsi.org Argyll and Bute Early Years Childcare, early learning and support provision | argyll-bute.gov.uk/early-years Arran Community & Voluntary Service Coordinating voluntary effort with...


The value of childminding must be recognised
post

...2016 the Scottish Government published an ambitious blueprint to increase the entitlement to free early learning and Childcare (known as ‘funded ELC’) from 600 hours to 1140 hours for all three- and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds in...

childcare childminding Early years ELC out of school care

Education Recovery plan is missed opportunity
post

...of 3,500 additional teachers and 500 support staff over this parliamentary term Expanded funded early learning and childcare for children aged one and two, starting with low-inocme households Committing £1 billion to tackle the poverty related...

Attainment childcare Education health and wellbeing

No commitment on Scottish Child Payment
post

...to increase Scottish Child Payment Posted 8 September, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond early learning and childcare Education Mental Health Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has presented the legislative...

early learning and childcare Education Mental Health

"Let's embrace change and build a service we're proud of"
post

...and four-year-old as well as eligible two-year-olds will be entitled to 1,140 hours of funded early learning and childcare per year. This almost doubles the previous allocation of 600 hours. Due to be universally available, the change in...