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Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative

The Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC) brings together the Early Years Collaborative (EYC) and the Raising Attainment for All programme to deliver quality improvement throughout the child's journey.  
The purpose of the CYPIC is to support schools and services for children, young people and families to be as good as they can be, based on evidence of what works in improving outcomes and life chances.  The CYPIC is closely aligned with the Maternity and Children Quality Improvement Collaborative where the focus is on maternity, neonatal and paediatric healthcare settings.

On video

Quality Improvement Awards

quality improvement awards

For practitioners who have used the quality improvement methodology to find better ways of working to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families

CYPIC branding

Guest blogs

Scottish Borders early years strategy

Anne Scott, Early Years Programme Manager at Scottish Borders Council, highlights the work of the Scottish Borders early years strategy and some quality improvement activities.
Read the guest article by Anne Scott

Watch a video about Langlee Early Years Centre in the Scottish Borders

Latest updates

2017 Quality Improvement Awards are now open!

Mark McDonald, Minister for Childcare and Early Years said:

"The Awards provide us with a platform to celebrate and share learning about the fantastic range of quality improvement work taking place in our health, early years and family support services and schools.  Our improvement work is contributing towards stronger, better services and it's great to see people working on the frontline getting recognition for their dedication, commitment and drive to improve outcomes for children, young people and families."

For more information and to apply for an Award or nominate a person or team, go to www.qiawards.co.uk.  The closing date for applications is 28 June 2017.

Quality Improvement Throughout a Child's Journey

Our Highlights newletters aim to keep you up to date with our work to deliver quality improvement (QI) throughout a child's journey with Community Planning Partnerships, schools and third sector partners. They include news, information and QI practice examples from the Maternity and Children Quality Improvement Collaborative and the Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative.

Highlights Issue 4 May 2017- latest

Highlights Issue 3 October 2016 

Highlights Issue 2 June 2016

Highlights Issue 1 March 2016

Our refreshed Stretch Aims

We have refreshed our Stretch Aims to reflect the purpose of the Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative - to deliver quality improvement from pre-birth to 18+.

Improvement tests

Quality improvement delivered through the CYPIC is strengthening services for children and families.  Through using the 3-step Improvement Framework for Scotland’s Public Services, Quality Improvement enables teachers and early years practitioners to test, measure, implement and spread new and better ways of working to make services more effective and responsive to the needs of children and families.

Through a team of Scottish Government Improvement Advisors, national and local learning sessions, training activities and a quality improvement awards programme, we are supporting local services to test better ways to deliver prevention and early intervention, in line with Public Sector Reform and Getting it right for every child.

There are currently hundreds of quality improvement projects ongoing across the country and many are being delivered in partnership with the voluntary sector. Many areas are spreading proven improvements that have worked across services and some are spreading across local boundaries – for example, better ways of working to help families to access the Healthy Start Scheme and welfare and benefits they are entitled to.

Read some stories of CYPIC improvement


  • The CYPIC is supporting the Government’s drive to make Scotland the best place to grow up by putting the needs of children and families at the centre in line with Getting it right for every child .

  • It is helping us strengthen services, make the best use of resources and create a fairer and more prosperous Scotland, complementing the Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services.

  • Through the quality improvements the CYPIC delivers, it is helping us give children the best start in life, build on child and family assets and tackle inequality so that every child gets equal opportunities to thrive, learn and succeed.

  • It delivers a proven, low risk, low cost method that enables organisations to deliver stronger, more effective services that are built on robust evidence of what works in improving outcomes and life chances – and to learn from each other about the approaches that are most effective.

  • As well as making services better, the CYPIC can help organisations make cost savings by helping practitioners – with children and families - learn about approaches and interventions that work– helping organisations do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.

  • It provides real time feedback and robust evidence to help leaders and decision makers make informed choices about the most effective ways to deliver services in their localities/organisations.