Useful Links

Curriculum for Excellence replaced the previous curriculum in 2010. It aims to achieve a transformation in education in Scotland by providing a coherent, enriched and more flexible curriculum from age 3 to 18.

Pre-birth to Three – The main government framework is the Pre-birth to Three framework.The main purpose of this document is to ensure that the nursery has the best interests of the child in mind at all times and that positive relationships are encouraged within the nursery environment.

Getting it Right for Child (GIRFEC) – is the Scottish Government approach to improving the services that support children and young people. The approach underpins the recent Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. This links with the Curriculum for Excellence and Pre Birth to Three.

Building The Ambition – acts as national practice guidance to support staff in providing high quality early learning and childcare.

Setting the Table – This guidance has been developed to help Early Years childcare providers to meet the Scottish Government National Care Standards: Early Education and Childcare up to the age of 16 (2009). It also highlights the importance of nutrition in the early years and the role that childcare providers have in shaping both current and future eating patterns in young children in Scotland.

Eco-schools Scotland – has different levels: Bronze, Silver and Green flag. They are designed to encourage pupil-led, whole school action for the environment.  It is a recognised award scheme that accredits schools who make a commitment to continuously improve their environmental performance.

Other areas of Interest

Sue Palmer – is a writer and presenter, best known for her books ‘Toxic Childhood’ and ’21st Century Boys’. She is also one of the UK’s most well-established authorities on the teaching of literacy. She is currently working on the Upstart project which is aiming to increase the starting age for school.

Edinburgh for Under Fives – has some great ideas for activities and places to go to do with your children.

Laughing Kids Learn – has some great activities to do with your children.

Book Bugs – are free sessions that last around 40 minutes and include songs, stories and rhymes and are held at your local library.

Nursery Awards NDNA Care Inspectorate Education Scotland

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