Early learning and childcare – national induction resource - latest version: January 2023

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.




Early Learning and Childcare


Scottish Social Services Council


Knowledge Hub


Protecting Vulnerable Groups


Online registration for SSSC


Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework


National Occupational Standards


Part time funding grant


Student Awards Agency Scotland


Individual Training Account


Continuous professional Learning


Post Registration Training and Learning


Early Years Scotland


National Day Nurseries Association


Care and Learning Alliance


Association of Heads and Deputes in Scotland

Additional Support Needs (ASN)

All children and young people need support to help them learn. Some children and young people will require support that is additional to, or different from, that received by children or young people of the same age to ensure they benefit from education, whether that be early learning, school or preparation for life after school. Additional support needs can be both long and short-term, or can simply refer to the help a child or young person needs in getting through a difficult period.

Care Standards for Scotland Health and Social Care Standards

Scottish Ministers developed the 'Health and Social Care Standards My support, my life' to ensure everyone in Scotland receives the same high quality of care no matter where they live. The Standards explain what you can expect from any care service you use, written from the point of view of the person using the service. They also help you raise concerns or complaints. There are six main principles behind the Standards: Dignity, Privacy, Choice, Safety, Realising Potential and Equality and Diversity.

Encourage children to think and solve problems for themselves and support/scaffold where necessary. Give every child time to come to a satisfying conclusion from their experiences and take time to discuss this together.

Early learning and childcare

Education and care of children in the age range of 0-5 years.

Early Years

Education and are of children in the age range of 0-8 years.

Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)

GIRFEC is the national approach in Scotland to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of our children and young people by offering the right help at the right time from the right people. It supports them and their parent(s) to work in partnership with the services that can help them.


A mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.

Modern Apprenticeship

A modern apprenticeship (MA) is a job which lets an individual earn a wage and gain industry experience.


When children build on previous learning and improve their knowledge and understanding through all areas of the curriculum.

Provider Neutral

The approach which enables parents to choose from a variety of early learning and childcare settings that best suits the needs of their child, in line with Funding Follows the Child. It allows parents to choose from a number of different providers -regardless of whether they are in the public, private, third or childminding sectors – if the setting meets the National Standard, has a place available and is willing to enter into a contract with the local authority.

Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF)

The SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework) helps education and training providers of all kinds to identify the level that has been studied in a particular subject.

SHANARRI Wellbeing Indicators

Wellbeing sits at the heart of the GIRFEC approach and reflects the need to tailor the support and help that children, young people and their parents are. The wellbeing indicators are; Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible & Included and are sometimes referred to as the SHANARRI wellbeing indicators The aim of GIRFEC is to improve outcomes for all children by placing the Child at the Center of thinking, planning and interactions.

Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ)

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) are based upon national standards and provide evidence that learners can do their jobs well. Studied in the workplace, in college or with training providers, SVQs are available in many subject areas.


Email: Haylay.Forbes@gov.scot

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