1. Publication

    09 Jul 2019

    Barriers to employment in early learning and childcare: EQIA

    This equality impact assessment (EQIA) was undertaken to consider barriers faced by those with protected characteristics to taking up employment in the early learning and childcare (ELC) sector and how we can use the opportunity of the expansion to increase the diversity of the ELC workforce.

  2. Publication

    01 Jul 2019

    Early learning and childcare expansion - 2 year old eligibility: BRIA

    Business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) which looks at the expansion of early learning and childcare from 660 hours per year to 1140 hours per year for eligible two year olds.

  3. Publication

    28 Jun 2019

    Early learning and childcare expansion: EQIA

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) to consider the impacts on families with a protected characteristic of increasing the statutory entitlement to 1140 hours of funded ELC and of modifying the current session lengths.

  4. Publication

    28 Jun 2019

    Early learning and childcare expansion - learning and wellbeing project: EQIA

    Potential impacts of early learning and childcare expansion policy on the outcomes of children with protected characteristics.

  5. Publication

    28 Jun 2019

    Early learning and childcare expansion: CRWIA

    Children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) on childrens rights and wellbeing relating to the early learning and childcare expansion to 1140 hours by August 2020 for all eligible 2 year olds.

  6. Publication

    28 Jun 2019

    Early learning and childcare expansion: BRIA

    Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) relating to the expansion of early learning and childcare for 1140 hours per year for all 3 and 4 year olds, and eligible 2 year olds by August 2020.

  7. Publication

    28 Jun 2019

    Early learning and childcare expansion - learning and wellbeing project: EQIA

    Potential impacts of early learning and childcare expansion policy on the outcomes of children with protected characteristics.

  8. Publication

    28 Jun 2019

    Early learning and childcare expansion: EQIA

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) to consider the impacts on families with a protected characteristic of increasing the statutory entitlement to 1140 hours of funded ELC and of modifying the current session lengths.

  9. Publication

    28 Jun 2019

    Early learning and childcare expansion: CRWIA

    Children’s rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) to consider the impacts that increasing the statutory entitlement to 1140 hours of funded ELC and modifying the current session lengths will have on children eligible for ELC in Scotland.

  10. Publication

    12 Jun 2019

    Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006: national review progress report

    This joint report from the Association of Directors of Education, the National Parent Forum and the Scottish Government outlines the progress that has been made in the fields of parental involvement, parental engagement, family learning and learning at home.

  11. NEWS

    05 Jun 2019 10:00

    Nurseries praised for innovation

    New awards recognise Early Learning and Childcare success.

  12. NEWS

    03 Jun 2019 10:00

    Breastfeeding support ‘strong’

    Report publishes during Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

  13. NEWS

    03 Jun 2019 00:01

    New School Payment launches

    Full Best Start Grant package now available.

  14. NEWS

    29 May 2019 09:30

    Best start grant for young asylum seekers

    Pregnancy and baby benefit will not jeopardise immigration status.

  15. NEWS

    20 May 2019 00:01

    Early Learning and Childcare expansion programme

    New initiative will boost quality of childcare.  

  16. NEWS

    06 May 2019 00:01

    Best Start Grant applications flood in

    Social Security Secretary welcomes interest in new benefit.

  17. NEWS

    02 May 2019 00:01

    Meeting the social security challenge

    Work to do but plans in place to deliver benefits system.

  18. NEWS

    29 Apr 2019 10:45

    New benefit pays out £3.5 million in first three months

    More than 9,700 families receive Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby payment.

  19. NEWS

    28 Apr 2019 15:44

    New Best Start Grant Payment to open

    £250 benefit starts Monday and will be fourth new social security benefit.

  20. NEWS

    27 Apr 2019 14:34

    Families and community learning

    Funding to improve the lives of children and young people.

  21. Advice and guidance

    26 Mar 2019

    Presumption to provide education in a mainstream setting: guidance

    Guidance to education authorities on their duty to provide education in a mainstream setting unless certain exceptions apply.

  22. NEWS

    14 Mar 2019 09:51

    ‘Ready Steady Baby’ guidance updated

    New edition of NHS Scotland’s guide to pregnancy, labour and birth.

  23. NEWS

    26 Feb 2019 09:15

    Upgraded PlayTalkRead roadshow fleet

    Roadshow visitors increase 31% in the last year.

  24. NEWS

    18 Dec 2018 11:17

    A meal for every child at funded early learning and childcare sessions

    Major new Scottish Government scheme delivers healthy food, outdoor play & living wage in childcare.

  25. NEWS

    18 Dec 2018 09:30

    Olivia and Jack are Scotland's top baby names

    National Records of Scotland reveals most popular names for 2018. 

  26. NEWS

    11 Dec 2018 09:30

    Schools in Scotland and CfE Achievement

    National and Official (Experimental - Data under development) Statistics Publications for Scotland.

  27. Progress report

    07 Nov 2018

    Ready to Act: interim report on implementation and recommendations

    Progress made so far on supporting allied health professions children and young people (AHP CYP) community and direction for 2018-2020.

  28. NEWS

    24 Oct 2018 09:59

    Encouraging more men into childcare

    New fund for pilot projects.

  29. NEWS

    21 Aug 2018 10:35

    More support for parents

    New engagement plan to improve links between home and school.

  30. Strategy/plan

    21 Aug 2018

    Learning together: national action plan on parental involvement, engagement, family learning and learning at home 2018 – 2021

    Sets out a vision for parental involvement and engagement from pre-birth to age 18 and takes account of national and international evidence base and Scottish education system expertise. Provides a national vision but allows for local and community innovation and flexibility.

  31. NEWS

    15 Aug 2018 06:00

    Museum spot for Baby Box

    Box will be placed into childhood exhibition.

  32. NEWS

    15 Aug 2018 00:01

    Baby Box birthday

    A year since the first delivery.

  33. Research and analysis

    07 Aug 2018

    Parents' views and use of early learning and childcare: data tables

    Figures showing parents’ and carers’ current use, future potential use, views and experiences of early learning and childcare.

  34. Research and analysis

    07 Aug 2018

    Parents' views and use of early learning and childcare: report

    Information on parents’ and carers’ current use, future potential use, views and experiences of early learning and childcare.

  35. NEWS

    27 May 2018 00:01

    Improved anti-bullying measures

    Incidents to be recorded.

  36. NEWS

    16 May 2018 09:30

    Pilot to end upfront childcare deposits

    Parents set to benefit from new trial.

  37. NEWS

    14 May 2018 10:00

    Childcare recruitment underway

    New campaign focusing on career changers.

  38. NEWS

    27 Apr 2018 14:56

    Almost a billion pounds to fully fund childcare

    Funding package agreed in partnership with COSLA.

  39. Consultation paper

    26 Mar 2018

    Early years assistance: consultation on the Best Start Grant regulations

    This consultation asks questions on whether the draft Best Start Grant regulations will help to improve children’s wellbeing and life chances.

  40. NEWS

    06 Mar 2018 09:30

    Family nurses helping to deliver

    More than 30,000 Baby Boxes now received.

  41. NEWS

    22 Feb 2018 09:57

    Learning outdoors

    More than £860k to increase outdoor learning in the early years.

  42. NEWS

    13 Feb 2018 10:01

    Early years apprentices

    Increases to fuel roll-out of funded childcare.

  43. NEWS

    03 Jan 2018 00:01

    2018: Baby boxes

    First baby boxes of the new year delivered.

  44. NEWS

    21 Dec 2017 10:15

    Christmas Maths Challenge

    DFM launches festive puzzles.

  45. NEWS

    18 Dec 2017 13:52

    Ticking all the right boxes

    100% of parents satisfied with Baby Box and contents.

  46. NEWS

    14 Dec 2017 14:35

    Scotland’s Budget

    Investing in the NHS, protecting low earners, backing Scotland’s economy.

  47. NEWS

    07 Nov 2017 12:14

    New Minister for Childcare and Early Years

    First Minister to appoint Maree Todd.

  48. NEWS

    31 Oct 2017 09:30

    Improving attainment in early years

    High quality childcare improves children’s development.

  49. NEWS

    30 Oct 2017 14:35

    Support for first-time mums

    Family Nurse Partnership to be extended.

  50. NEWS

    10 Oct 2017 17:20

    Childcare spending to double to £840 million a year

    Huge expansion of free early learning and childcare.

  51. NEWS

    04 Sep 2017 10:05

    Improving children's oral health

    Childsmile programme expands.

  52. NEWS

    25 Aug 2017 10:00

    Scotland: a Daily Mile Nation

    All Scottish schools encouraged to take part.

  53. NEWS

    20 Aug 2017 10:30

    Baby Box registrations reach 10,000

    High number of parents already registered to receive a Baby Box.

  54. NEWS

    09 Aug 2017 10:00

    New visitor centre at Glenochil Prison

    Formal opening for visitor centre.

  55. NEWS

    04 Aug 2017 13:22

    Parents get involved in Stay, Play and Learn

    Trial Aberdeen childcare scheme underway.

  56. NEWS

    30 Jun 2017 14:00

    Giving children space to grow

    New guide to improve childcare settings.

  57. Strategy/plan

    23 Mar 2017

    A blueprint for 2020: the expansion of early learning and childcare in Scotland - 2017-2018 action plan

    Outline of actions regarding the expansion of early learning and childcare.

  58. NEWS

    23 Mar 2017 14:40

    Future of childcare provision

    Minister confirms quality and choice at heart of new funding model for ELC expansion.

  59. NEWS

    22 Mar 2017 11:49

    Accessible childcare

    FM announces fund to improve access to free ELC entitlement.

  60. NEWS

    18 Mar 2017 15:27

    Fair pay at heart of childcare expansion

    8,000 childcare staff to earn the living wage.

  61. Strategy/plan

    18 Jan 2016

    Ready to Act - A transformational plan for Children and young people, their parents, carers and families who require support from allied health professionals (AHPs)

    The Plan meets the evolving needs of Children and Young People in providing an equitable and sustainable model that reflects the early years agenda and the integration of health and social care services

  62. Independent report

    01 Jun 2015

    Independent review of Scotland's early learning and out of school care workforces

    An independent review of the skills and qualifications essential for the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) and Out of School Care (OSC) workforces in Scotland.

  63. Advice and guidance

    13 Jan 2009

    The Early Years Framework

    Steps the Scottish Government, local partners and practitioners in early years services need to take to give all children in Scotland the best start in life.