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.

Glossary of Terms


ELC: Early Learning and Childcare

SSSC: Scottish Social Services Council

KHub: Knowledge Hub

PVG : Protecting Vulnerable Groups

MySSSC : Online registration for SSSC

SCQF : Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

NOS : National Occupational Standards

PTFG : Part time funding grant

SAAS : Student Awards Agency Scotland

ITA : Individual Training Account

CPL : Continuous professional Learning

PRTL : Post Registration Training and Learning

EYS : Early Years Scotland

NDNA : National Day Nurseries Association

CALA : Care and Learning Alliance

AHDS : Association of Heads and Deputes in Scotland

Additional Support Needs (ASN)

All children and young people need support to help them learn. Through good quality learning and teaching, staff in early learning and child care settings and schools are able to meet a diverse range of needs without additional support. 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 early learning, school or preparation for life after school. There are many reasons why children and young people may need support to help them learn. 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

Child's Voice Involving children in making sensible choices about their own learning by helping them to plan and evaluate their own experiences. 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.

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 an industry experience


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

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 well-being 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.



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