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Our ambition:

To make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up for all babies, children, mothers, fathers and families.


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Latest updates

Evaluation of Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund – Baseline report

Scottish Government has commissioned a formative evaluation of the CYPFEIF/ALEC to assess whether the overall vision for the Fund is achieved and to help inform future decisions around this area of funding.  A Baseline report summarising the initial evaluation findings has now been published.

Read the full Baseline Report

Read the Research Findings paper

New Research on Early Years Change Fund Community Planning Partnership returns

We recently commissioned independent research to summarise the annual CPP returns to help us better understand the impact of the Fund and the progress being made towards prioritising prevention and early intervention.

Read the Summary of the CPP Early Years Change Fund Returns 2012-13 to 2014-15

Read the research findings paper

GUS Evidence Briefing for Early Years - Reducing Infant Mortalities

Growing Up in Scotland (GUS) is a Scottish Government funded large-scale longitudinal research project which is tracking the lives of children, right across Scotland, from the early years through childhood and beyond. This briefing on reducing infant mortalities is based on a webinar presentation delivered to those involved in the Early Years Collaborative workstream one.
Read the GUS Evidence Briefing for Early Years - Reducing Infant Mortalities

Delivering the Early Years Framework

Bringing together all those involved in the lives of babies and children from birth onwards to ensure there are positive opportunities for children to get the start in life that will give them a strong platform for healthy growth, development and attainment.

Delivering the Early Years Framework

  • Parenting and early learning

    Parenting and early learning

  • Workforce review

    An independent review on Early Learning and Childcare Workforce and Out of school Care Workforce

  • CYPIC Improvement Stories

    Showing how improvement methodology is helping transform early years services and education through the Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative.