1. Additional Support for Learning review action plan: second progress report

    Progress report from the Scottish Government and COSLA providing an update on work undertaken since November 2021 and summarising the actions to be taken to deliver the recommendations from the review of implementation of additional support for learning.

  2. Additional Support for Learning review: action plan - November 2022 update

    An updated Additional Support for Learning (ASL) action plan, setting out the progress made since November 2021, to deliver against the recommendations made by the review of implementation of additional support for learning.

  3. Scotland, the best place to grow up – making it real through rights: easy read

    Child-friendly version of the report setting out progress made in children's rights in Scotland since 2016.

  4. Embedding children's rights: position statement

    The report sets out the progress made in relation to children's rights in Scotland since 2016.

  5. Nursery rates relief: evaluation

    Evaluation of the nursery non-domestic rates relief scheme implemented in Scotland during 2018. We committed to evaluating the benefits of the scheme after it had operated for three years.

  6. Education appeal committees - transfer of functions to Scottish Tribunals: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on the proposal to take forward the transfer of the jurisdiction of appeal committees to the Scottish Tribunals as provided for by the 2014 Act.

  7. Supporting children and families

    Early learning and childcare savings.

  8. Plana Gàidhlig Riaghaltas na h-Alba 2022-2027

    ’S e seo treas Plana Gàidhlig Riaghaltas na h-Alba – air ullachadh fo Achd na Gàidhlig (Alba) 2005. Tha e a’ mìneachah nan ceuman a tha Riaghaltas na h-Alba a’ gabhail gus taic a thoirt don Ghàidhlig is a luchd-labhairt taobh staigh na h-obraichean againn.

  9. Gaelic language plan 2022 to 2027

    Third iteration of our Gaelic language plan - produced under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. It outlines the steps we are taking to support Gaelic and Gaelic speakers within our internal operations.

  10. Help with school age childcare

    £1 million to support low-income families.

  11. Best Start - strategic early learning and school age childcare plan 2022 to 2026: island communities impact assessment screening

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) for the development and publication of Best Start: Strategic early learning and school age childcare plan for Scotland 2022-26. The screening exercise concludes that full ICIA is not required for this publication.

  12. Best Start - strategic early learning and school age childcare plan 2022 to 2026: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment screening

    This child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) screening sheet has been completed for the development and publication of Best Start: Strategic early learning and school age childcare plan for Scotland, 2022-26. The screening exercise concludes that full CRWIA is not required for this publication.

  13. Best Start - strategic early learning and school age childcare plan 2022 to 2026

    The plan sets out how we will embed the benefits of our transformational investment in 1140 hours of high quality funded early learning and childcare. It also explains our approach to expanding our childcare offer over the next four years.

  14. Early learning and childcare expansion programme: evaluation strategy

    Our strategy for evaluating the impact of the early learning and childcare (ELC) expansion programme to 1140 hours. It is an outcomes-based evaluation strategy and the primary focus is on measuring outcomes for children, parents and carers, and families.

  15. No One Left Behind: equality impact assessment - update summary

    No One Left Behind is our approach to transforming employment support in Scotland. It aims to deliver a system that is more tailored and responsive to the needs of people of all ages, especially those who are disadvantaged in the labour market.

  16. Creating Hope Together - suicide prevention strategy and action plan: equalities impact assessment

    Equalities impact assessment (EQIA)for Scotland's suicide prevention strategy and action plan.

  17. Creating Hope Together - suicide prevention strategy and action plan: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) for Scotland's suicide prevention strategy and action plan.

  18. Creating Hope Together - suicide prevention strategy 2022 to 2032: easy read

    Easy read version of Scotland's Suicide Prevention Strategy - Creating Hope Together - 2022 to 2025.

  19. Creating Hope Together - suicide prevention action plan 2022 to 2025: easy read

    Easy read version of Scotland's Suicide Prevention Action Plan - Creating Hope Together - 2022-2025.

  20. Creating Hope Together: suicide prevention strategy 2022 to 2032

    Scotland's Suicide Prevention Strategy covering the period from 2022 to 2032.

  21. National Islands Plan: implementation route map 2022

    Details how we will deliver our priorities over the lifetime of the National Islands Plan. It identifies the methods to monitor progress towards fulfilling the many commitments in the Plan and sets out timescales for delivery of our work.

  22. Record number of pupils in good condition schools

    Statistics show impact of investment.

  23. Cost Crisis Programme for Government

    Scottish Child Payment increased from 14 November.

  24. Scottish Government Commitments to Gaelic and Scots and a Scottish Languages Bill: consultation

    A consultation on our commitments to Gaelic, Scots and a Scottish Languages Bill.

  25. Scots Government Commitments tae Gaelic an Scots an Scots Langages Bill: consultation

    Consultation on Scots Government Commitments tae Gaelic an Scots an Scots Langages Bill.

  26. Co-chomhairleachadh air Geallaidhean Riaghaltas na h-Alba do Ghàidhlig agus Albais agus Bile nan Cànan Albannach

    Co-chomhairleachadh air Geallaidhean Riaghaltas na h-Alba do Ghàidhlig agus Albais agus Bile nan Cànan Albannach

  27. Early learning and childcare – national induction resource - latest version: August 2022

    The early learning and childcare (ELC) national induction resource has been developed to support individuals in their induction to delivering ELC – whether that is funded ELC or ELC that families purchase themselves - setting out how individuals can expect employers to support them in their new role.

  28. Early learning and childcare - 2 year old project: data protection impact assessment

    The Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) for the the regulations which will allow for a data sharing agreement in regards to funded ELC provision for 2 year-olds, between the UK Government, Scottish Government, and Scottish local authorities.

  29. Suicide prevention strategy and action plan drafts: consultation

    Consultation on drafts of a new suicide prevention strategy and action plan for Scotland.

  30. Improving outcomes for children, young people and families: review of Children’s Services Plans and strategic engagement activity

    Summary review of children’s services plans for 2020 to 2023, in line with the Children and Young Peoples (Scotland) Act 2014, statutory guidance part 3. Highlighting key strengths, areas for development and details from strategic engagement with local children’s services planning strategic leads.

  31. Inspection of early learning and childcare and school age childcare services: consultation

    This consultation is seeking views on a vision for how inspection of registered childcare services will contribute to improving outcomes for children and families, the current approach to inspection and a proposal for a shared quality framework.

  32. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Children and Families Collective Leadership Group - holistic family support: vision and blueprint for change

    Group vision and blueprint for change for holistic whole family support in Scotland.

  33. Holiday, childcare and food programme - summer 2022: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment for summer 2022 holiday, childcare and food provision.

  34. Holiday, childcare and food programme - summer 2022: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment for summer 2022 holiday, childcare and food provision.

  35. Holiday, childcare and food programme - summer 2022: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment for the summer 2022 programme.

  36. Improving our understanding of child poverty in rural and island Scotland: research

    Building on the "Poverty in rural Scotland: evidence review" (December 2021), SRUC were commissioned to undertake the research project, “Improving our understanding of child poverty in rural and island Scotland”.

  37. Tackling child poverty delivery plan: fourth year progress report 2021 to 2022

    The fourth annual progress report for 'Every child, every chance: tackling child poverty delivery plan 2018-2022'.

  38. Tackling child poverty - fourth year progress report 2021 to 2022: annex A - measurement framework

    Measurement framework with the latest data on the drivers of child poverty. The 23 indicators in the child poverty measurement framework are intended to monitor these drivers of poverty. They form part of a wider monitoring and evaluation strategy.

  39. Celebrating five years of the Baby Box

    Revamp ahead of scheme’s milestone.

  40. Mental health and wellbeing strategy: consultation - easy read

    We want to hear your views on what a new mental health and wellbeing strategy for Scotland should look like. We have asked a series of questions, and your answers to these will help us write the final strategy.

  41. Mental health and wellbeing strategy: consultation

    We want to hear your views on what a new mental health and wellbeing strategy for Scotland should look like. We have asked a series of questions, and your answers to these will help us write the final strategy.

  42. Decisions influencing early learning and childcare use: understanding social policies and social contexts

    Study commissioned by the Scottish Government to explore the factors that may influence and the lived experiences of parents’ and carers’ decisions on the use of funded early learning and childcare (ELC) use in Scotland.

  43. Women in Scottish fisheries: literature review

    Findings from a review of research literature, case studies and examples of good practice from Scotland and beyond, alongside existing government strategies, to provide insights into challenges and opportunities presented for women in Scottish fishing.

  44. National Discussion on education

    Invitation to work together to drive change.

  45. STEM education and training strategy - refresh: annual report

    Annual report of progress on delivery of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and training strategy. Sets out a range of actions by education and other stakeholders under each of the four themes of the strategy.

  46. Funding Follows the Child and the National Standard for Early Learning and Childcare Providers: interim guidance - update

    This updated interim guidance sets out the requirements on childcare providers delivering funded early learning and childcare (ELC) and local authorities regarding the delivery of Funding Follows the Child and the National Standard for ELC providers from August 2022.

  47. Family Nurse Partnerships

    Success of 10 year programme

  48. Education - National Improvement Framework - enhanced data collection: consultation

    A consultation which seeks views on improving the collection of education data to assess progress towards closing the poverty-related attainment gap.

  49. Childcare savings for families

    Easing cost of living pressures.

  50. Free outdoor play activities

    Supporting children’s wellbeing.

  51. Routine protective measures in schools, early learning and childcare (ELC) settings and daycare of children's services: impact assessments

    Impact assessments of revised schools guidance and guidance for the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) sector which seek to ensure routine protective measures are a proportionate and appropriate response to competing harms.

  52. Routine protective measures in schools, early learning and childcare (ELC) settings and daycare of children's services: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Impact assessment of revised schools guidance and guidance for the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) sector which seek to ensure routine protective measures are a proportionate and appropriate response to competing harms.

  53. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children's Issues - children, schools, early learning and childcare settings - evidence summary

    Summary report of the evidence on children, schools, early learning and childcare settings and transmission from COVID-19.

  54. Keeping the Promise implementation plan

    The Promise implementation plan sets out our actions and commitments to Keep the Promise for care experienced children, young people and their families. It contributes to our ambition for every child in Scotland to grow up loved, safe and respected so that they realise their full potential.

  55. Scottish Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme: statutory guidance

    Statutory guidance for the operation of the Scottish Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme for local authorities and participating (registered) day care settings.

  56. National Islands Plan: annual report 2021

    The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan.

  57. Home education guidance: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on the proposed updates to the home education guidance. The guidance sets out the roles and responsibilities of local authorities and parents in relation to home education.

  58. Investment in tackling child poverty

    Supporting low income households.

  59. Coronavirus (COVID-19) supporting Gypsy/Travellers: framework for local authorities

    This framework, created jointly with COSLA, is for local authorities and partners supporting Gypsy/Traveller communities whilst Scotland transitions to living with COVID-19. This framework replaces all previous versions.

  60. Putting Learners at the Centre: Towards a Future Vision for Scottish Education

    Report provided to Scottish Ministers by Professor Ken Muir on the replacement of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, reform of Education Scotland and removal of its inspection function.

  61. The Provision of Early Learning and Childcare (Specified Children) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2022

    This is an amendment to secondary legislation in order to protect children’s eligibility for the targeted entitlement to funded early learning and childcare (ELC) for some 2 year olds. This follows UK Government changes to increase the National Living Wage from April 2022.

  62. New Bairns’ Hoose appointment

    Post will drive improvements for children.

  63. National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2021

    This guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations for all involved in protecting children and will support the care and protection of children.

  64. Prevention of homelessness duties: consultation

    Joint Scottish Government and COSLA consultation on the proposals for new prevention of homelessness duties. This consultation creates an opportunity for individuals and organisations to have their say on changes to the homelessness system in Scotland.

  65. Education - Achieving Excellence and Equity: national improvement framework and improvement plan 2022

    Sets out the vision and priorities for Scottish education that have been agreed across the system, and the national improvement activity that needs to be undertaken to help deliver those key priorities.

  66. Summary Statistics For Schools In Scotland 2021

    Headline statistics from the annual pupil and teacher census and early learning and childcare provision conducted in September 2021 and attendance, absence and exclusions for the 2020 to 2021 school year.

  67. Doubling the Scottish Child Payment

    First Minister announces £20 payment from April.

  68. 200,000 Baby Boxes delivered

    Milestone for popular scheme.

  69. Veterans and Armed Forces community: Scottish Government support 2021

    This report highlights our continuing support for the Veterans and Armed Forces community in Scotland and provides an update on this year’s achievements and work undertaken to improve support and access to services for our Armed Forces, Veterans and their families.

  70. Assessment of wellbeing - draft statutory guidance: consultation

    This consultation paper is for the public consultation on draft statutory guidance on assessment of wellbeing, as required in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

  71. Curriculum for Excellence review: implementation framework

    A framework for how we will address the recommendations in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report, ‘Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence: Into the Future’. This will include using the analysis and advice set out in Professor Stobart’s working paper on assessment in secondary education.

  72. Coronavirus (COVID-19) education recovery: key actions and next steps

    Outlines our ongoing response to the impacts of the pandemic on education in Scotland, and sets out some key next steps we will take to address them.

  73. Childcare savings for families

    Transformational offer helping thousands across the country.

  74. Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority: consultation

    A consultation on the replacement of the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the reform of Education Scotland.

  75. Boost for family budgets before Christmas

    Around 148,000 children set to benefit.

  76. Children and young people - national neurodevelopmental specification: principles and standards of care

    Seven standards for services to support children and young people who have neurodevelopmental profiles with support needs and require more support than currently available.

  77. National guidance for child protection committees undertaking learning reviews

    Guidance to support child protection committees to reflect, learn and improve child protection systems and practice when a child or young person dies, is significantly harmed, or was at risk of death or significant harm or where effective practice has prevented harm or risk of harm.

  78. National guidance for child protection 2021: consultation report

    This report shows the results of the public consultation on the revised national guidance for child protection in Scotland, and our response to the results.

  79. Early learning and childcare providers - local authority funding and support: overview

    Sets ou information from local authorities on the sustainable rates they have set for providers in the private, third and childminding sectors to deliver ELC; and their approach, in line with guidance published in April 2019, for setting these sustainable rates.

  80. Financial sustainability health check of the childcare sector in Scotland

    The financial sustainability health check has collected evidence on the sustainability of the childcare sector and the impact of COVID-19. It has been informed by detailed surveys of childcare providers, in-depth case study interviews with providers, and analysis of trends in registration data.

  81. Financial sustainability health check of the childcare sector: analysis and evidence

    The financial sustainability health check has collected evidence on the sustainability of the childcare sector, including the impact of COVID-19, and sets out further actions to be taken. The report sets out the detailed evidence and analysis that has informed the health check.

  82. Scottish Child Payment helps more than 108,000 children

    New Child poverty benefit pays out £17.6 million to families in need

  83. Summer offer for children and young people - 'Get Into Summer' programme: CRWIA stage 3

    This child rights and wellbeing impact assessment concerns the £20 million summer offer for children and young people, one of the Scottish Government's 100 Days commitments.

  84. Summer offer for children and young people - 'Get Into Summer' programme: CRWIA stage 1

    This child rights and wellbeing impact assessment concerns the £20 million summer offer for children and young people, one of the Scottish Government's 100 Days commitments.

  85. Summer offer for children and young people - 'Get Into Summer' programme: equality impact assessment

    This EQIA concerns the £20 million summer offer for children and young people, one of the Scottish Government's 100 Days commitments.

  86. Backing for Baby Box

    Parents praise scheme on its fourth anniversary.

  87. Increasing free early learning and childcare

    Transformational offer to benefit families across the country.

  88. Coronavirus (COVID-19) - experiences of vulnerable children, young people, and parents: research

    This report presents findings from qualitative research conducted with a range of children, young people and parents in vulnerable or seldom heard groups, carried out to explore their lived experiences during and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

  89. Early learning and childcare: statutory guidance - July 2021

    Statutory guidance to education authorities to support them in exercising their functions in relation to the delivery of early learning and childcare from 1 August 2021.

  90. Early learning and childcare expansion

    More children receiving 1,140 funded hours.

  91. Education recovery: next steps

    SQA and Education Scotland to be reformed.

  92. Best Start Grant boost for parents

    Financial support for school costs and healthy foods.  

  93. Enhanced summer offer for all children

    A national “summer of play” to provide access to activities.

  94. Funding follows the child and the national standard for early learning and childcare providers: interim guidance

    Interim guidance on requirements on early learning and childcare settings and local authorities from August 2020. This guidance was updated in March 2021.

  95. Early learning and childcare - Out to Play: guidance for out of school care providers - section 10

    Supplementary chapter 10 should be used alongside the main Out to Play document to support the delivery of outdoor experiences in Out of School Care settings.

  96. Early learning and childcare - Out to Play: childminding settings - guidance - section 9

    Guidance and advice for childminding settings on how to access outdoor spaces to create safe, nurturing and high quality outdoor learning experiences.

  97. Early learning and childcare - Out to Play: guidance for practitioners supporting children with additional support needs - section 11

    Supplementary guidance (section 11) should be used alongside the main Out to Play document to support the delivery of outdoor experiences for children in early learning and childcare (ELC) with additional support needs.

  98. Nature-based early learning and childcare - influence on children's health, wellbeing and development: literature review

    This review of global evidence aimed to understand the extent to which nature-based early learning and childcare (ELC) influences young children’s physical, cognitive, and social and emotional development

  99. First families receive Scottish Child Payments

    52,000 applications approved.

  100. Coronavirus (COVID-19) - early learning and childcare provision: business and regulatory impact assessment

    This Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) was undertaken to assess the impact of the coronavirus restrictions in January and February 2021 on early learning and childcare (ELC) businesses.

  101. Coronavirus (COVID-19) - early learning and childcare provision: equalities impact assessment

    This Equalities Impact Assessment (EQIA) was carried out to assess the impact of the restrictions to the provision of early learning and childcare in January and February 2021.

  102. Increased support for childminders

    Payments will support business sustainability.

  103. Back to school

    Phased return for some pupils.

  104. The Provision Of Early Learning And Childcare (Specified Children) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) on children's rights and wellbeing relating to the entitlement to funded ELC in a deferred year.

  105. The Provision Of Early Learning And Childcare (Specified Children) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) relating to the automatic entitlement to funded ELC where a family decide to defer their child's entry to P1.

  106. The Provision Of Early Learning And Childcare (Specified Children) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020: equality impact assessment Results

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) to consider the impacts on families with a protected characteristic where a further year of funded ELC is offered as parents have decided to defer their child's entry to P1 for a year.

  107. Coronavirus (COVID-19): children, young people and families - evidence summary - December 2020

    Summary of Scottish and UK evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of children and young people.

  108. 56,000 parents apply for Scottish Child Payment

    Thousands have applied for the new payment for children aged under six

  109. 40,000 Baby Boxes delivered

    Support for new parents.

  110. Support for outdoor play and learning

    New £1 million children’s winter clothing fund.

  111. Deferring entry to primary one

    Local authorities to pilot extra funded childcare from 2021.

  112. Early learning and childcare access in a deferred year: joint implementation plan

    Joint Scottish Government and Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) plan for funded early learning and childcare places for all children who defer their primary one start.

  113. New benefits help families

    Report shows positive impact of Best Start Grant payments.

  114. Childcare expansion from August 2021

    New date for flagship policy announced.

  115. Nursery rate relief extended until 2023

    Further support announced for childcare sector.

  116. Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on children, young people and families - evidence summary October 2020

    Summary of Scottish and UK evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of children and young people.

  117. Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on children, young people and families - evidence summary July 2020

    Summary of Scottish and UK evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of children and young people.

  118. Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on children, young people and families - evidence summary September 2020

    Summary of Scottish and UK evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of children and young people.

  119. Out of school care - draft framework: consultation analysis

    This is the summary report of the 2019 consultation on the draft framework for Out of School Care in Scotland. It will inform the final Framework and provide evidence for future development of School Age Childcare policy.

  120. Early learning and childcare: induction resource

    This induction resource provides new ELC employees with all the relevant information they need on what to expect in their first few months in post, including the most up-to-date resources and best practice.

  121. Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact of restrictions on children and young people: CRWIA stage 3

    This Children's Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) sets out the consideration which has been given to children’s rights and wellbeing for the latest COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings to enable children and young people to live their lives as normally as possible, to reduce the impact on their health and wider wellbeing.

  122. Boost for Scottish youth work

    New fund to help education recovery from COVID-19.

  123. Scottish Child Payment could support up to 194,000 children

    Forecasts suggest around 24,000 additional children will qualify

  124. Help for childcare providers

    Transitional Support Fund opens to help protect from COVID-19.

  125. Funding boost for science centres

    Extra £2m to mitigate the impact of  COVID-19.

  126. Families to be alerted to additional financial support

    A first for social security in Scotland.

  127. Support for childcare sector

    Transitional Support Fund announced.

  128. Early learning and childcare: letter to Directors of Education ELC LA leads

    Joint letter from COSLA and Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd MSP to Directors of Education, early learning and childcare (ELC) local authority leads.

  129. Reopening childcare safely

    Guidance published for nurseries and other settings.

  130. Wellbeing of pupils to be prioritised

    Guidance for education authorities and teachers published for next academic year.

  131. Outdoor learning during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Funding for Virtual Nature School.

  132. Schools to re-open in August

    Safe return planned through mix of school and home learning.

  133. Easter childcare for key workers

    Hubs to remain open over the spring break.

  134. Early Learning and Childcare expansion

    Local authorities’ August 2020 deadline to deliver 1140 funded hours will be removed.

  135. Childcare provision for key workers

    Criteria provided to local authorities to determine local need.

  136. Update on school closures and exams

    Exams will not go ahead, teaching, learning and support can continue with local flexibility.

  137. School and nursery closures

    Education Secretary to make statement to Parliament tomorrow.

  138. STEM Bursaries increased

    Latest STEM Bursary Scheme opens for applications on Monday 16 March.

  139. Supporting parents

    Tackling poverty through family learning.

  140. Reducing inequity in STEM subjects

    Inspiring people of all ages to upskill and tackle the global climate emergency.

  141. Delivering for Scotland’s children

    Early learning and childcare expansion on track with six months to go.

  142. Out to Play - creating outdoor play experiences for children: practical guidance

    Guidance and advice for early learning and childcare settings and practitioners on how to access outdoor spaces to create safe, nurturing and inspiring outdoor learning experiences.

  143. Protecting family budgets

    Putting wellbeing at the centre of Budget.

  144. Early learning and childcare audit 2019: our response

    Our response to the Scottish Childminding Association’s 2019 ELC Audit.

  145. Learning in STEM in early years

    New online module launched to support staff development.

  146. 170,000 children eligible for new benefit

    Applications will be taken in advance for Scottish Child Payment to help with expected high demand.

  147. Continuity of carer and local delivery of care: implementation framework

    Framework to enable maternity services to access useful tools, resources and information to implement continuity of carer and local delivery of care, and track progress.

  148. Early Learning and Childcare expansion

    Families can now enrol children for funded places for August.

  149. 45,000 Baby Boxes delivered in 2019

    Parents and new-borns across Scotland benefitting.

  150. Early learning and childcare statutory guidance: consultation

    This consultation sets out updated Statutory Guidance to education authorities to support them in exercising their functions in relation to the delivery of early learning and childcare from 1 August 2020.

  151. Early learning and childcare

    Increase in number of children receiving additional funded hours.

  152. Early learning and childcare expansion: Fairer Scotland Duty

    A summary of the Fairer Scotland Duty assessment carried out for the early learning and childcare (ELC) expansion.

  153. First step to new Scottish Child Payment

    Plans for the creation of new benefit outlined.

  154. Early years expansion

    Thousands of children already benefiting from additional hours.

  155. Training for childminders

    New online learning resource to be launched.      

  156. The right help at the right time in the right place: strategy for the learning provision for children and young people with complex additional support needs 2017-2026

    This ten year strategy sits within the context of our other policies and strategies to improve the learning outcomes for children and young people with complex additional support needs living in Scotland.

  157. Scottish Child Payment ahead of schedule

    Eligible families to start receiving new benefit next year.

  158. Out of school care in Scotland - draft framework: consultation

    This draft framework for consultation sets out a vision for out of school care, considers the current picture, and asks questions about the benefits and challenges of accessing out of school care.

  159. Out of school care parent survey: report

    Details the views of parents/carers of five to 13 year old children regarding out of school care, including term-time and holiday care.

  160. Best Start Grant pays out nearly £13 million

    Families getting more support under new system.

  161. 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.

  162. 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.

  163. 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.

  164. 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.

  165. 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.

  166. 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.

  167. 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.

  168. 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.

  169. 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.

  170. New fund for after school and holiday childcare

    Fund will deliver accessible and affordable childcare to support families on low incomes.

  171. 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.

  172. Nurseries praised for innovation

    New awards recognise Early Learning and Childcare success.

  173. Breastfeeding support ‘strong’

    Report publishes during Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

  174. New School Payment launches

    Full Best Start Grant package now available.

  175. Best start grant for young asylum seekers

    Pregnancy and baby benefit will not jeopardise immigration status.

  176. Early Learning and Childcare expansion programme

    New initiative will boost quality of childcare.  

  177. Best Start Grant applications flood in

    Social Security Secretary welcomes interest in new benefit.

  178. Meeting the social security challenge

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

  179. New benefit pays out £3.5 million in first three months

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

  180. New Best Start Grant Payment to open

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

  181. Families and community learning

    Funding to improve the lives of children and young people.

  182. 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.

  183. ‘Ready Steady Baby’ guidance updated

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

  184. Upgraded PlayTalkRead roadshow fleet

    Roadshow visitors increase 31% in the last year.

  185. 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.

  186. Olivia and Jack are Scotland's top baby names

    National Records of Scotland reveals most popular names for 2018. 

  187. Schools in Scotland and CfE Achievement

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

  188. 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.

  189. Encouraging more men into childcare

    New fund for pilot projects.

  190. More support for parents

    New engagement plan to improve links between home and school.

  191. 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.

  192. Museum spot for Baby Box

    Box will be placed into childhood exhibition.

  193. Baby Box birthday

    A year since the first delivery.

  194. 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.

  195. 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.

  196. Improved anti-bullying measures

    Incidents to be recorded.

  197. Pilot to end upfront childcare deposits

    Parents set to benefit from new trial.

  198. Childcare recruitment underway

    New campaign focusing on career changers.

  199. Almost a billion pounds to fully fund childcare

    Funding package agreed in partnership with COSLA.

  200. 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.

  201. Family nurses helping to deliver

    More than 30,000 Baby Boxes now received.

  202. Learning outdoors

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

  203. Early years apprentices

    Increases to fuel roll-out of funded childcare.

  204. 2018: Baby boxes

    First baby boxes of the new year delivered.

  205. Christmas Maths Challenge

    DFM launches festive puzzles.

  206. Ticking all the right boxes

    100% of parents satisfied with Baby Box and contents.

  207. Scotland’s Budget

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

  208. New Minister for Childcare and Early Years

    First Minister to appoint Maree Todd.

  209. Improving attainment in early years

    High quality childcare improves children’s development.

  210. Support for first-time mums

    Family Nurse Partnership to be extended.

  211. Childcare spending to double to £840 million a year

    Huge expansion of free early learning and childcare.

  212. Improving children's oral health

    Childsmile programme expands.

  213. Scotland: a Daily Mile Nation

    All Scottish schools encouraged to take part.

  214. Baby Box registrations reach 10,000

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

  215. New visitor centre at Glenochil Prison

    Formal opening for visitor centre.

  216. Parents get involved in Stay, Play and Learn

    Trial Aberdeen childcare scheme underway.

  217. Giving children space to grow

    New guide to improve childcare settings.

  218. 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.

  219. Future of childcare provision

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

  220. Accessible childcare

    FM announces fund to improve access to free ELC entitlement.

  221. Fair pay at heart of childcare expansion

    8,000 childcare staff to earn the living wage.

  222. 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

  223. 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.

  224. 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.

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