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National Practice Guidance on Early Learning and Childcare

National Practice Guidance on Early Learning and Childcare

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ISBN: 9781784127534

This national practice guidance sets the context for high quality Early Learning and Childcare as set out in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. The guidance seeks to support practitioners in all settings and areas of Scotland who are delivering early learning and childcare.

Executive Summary

This national guidance puts into context the Scottish government's commitment to expanding early learning and childcare. It looks at the key areas which make a difference to a child's early learning and childcare experiences and the important role that practitioners play.

There is a focus on the important aspects of developmental stages and what children need at different times, in relation to their learning experiences,adult interaction and the early learning and childcare environment. It makes connections between pedagogy and practice and high quality early learning and childcare. It describes three key areas for the baby, toddler and young child which drive early learning forward in a caring and nurturing setting that allow wellbeing, communication and inquiry,curiosity and creativity to flourish.

Finally, it is written in a style that is both accessible and challenging to provoke discussion and self-reflection.