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An Independent Review of the Scottish Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) Workforce and Out of School Care (OSC) Workforce

An Independent Review of the Scottish Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) Workforce and Out of School Care (OSC) Workforce

Monday, June 1, 2015

ISBN: 9781785443794

An independent review of the skills and qualifications essential for the early learning and out of school care workforces, as well as the status of those workforces and the career paths available to them.

Executive Summary

The purpose of this Review is laid out in its Terms of Reference. It is: ‘to identify and make recommendations on how the skills, qualifications and training of staff working within the early learning and childcare and out of school care sectors, from birth to age 14, can contribute to

improved outcomes for children, help to reduce social inequality and close the attainment gap, based on the evidence gathered in the course of the Review and wider research evidence.’

The Scottish Government has recognised that these workforces are vital for the healthy development and wellbeing of children, and a great deal of work has already been completed in supporting aspects of professional identity, making relevant qualifications available and accessible, and ensuring the rights of the child).

Most people within these workforces are skilled and dedicated, and Scotland has been proactive in ensuring this. The responses to this Review suggest, however, that it would be possible to enhance the workforces’ abilities in providing

consistently more high quality experiences for the children and young people with whom they work. Strengthening the workforces in this way will support Scotland’s aspiration for ‘Scotland to be the best place in the world to grow up’.

It will also support and develop the skills of heir youngest and most vulnerable children, reduce the effects of poverty and disadvantage, and improve children’s outcomes generally.