Early learning, childcare and out of school care services: design guidance

Guidance on good design for supporting the delivery of high quality early learning, childcare and out of school care services.


Berris, R. & Miller, E. (2011) How design of the physical environment impacts early learning: educators and parents perspectives. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. Vol.36, December 2011.

British Standards Institution (2006) British Standard 6465-1:2006 Sanitary Installations.

Care Inspectorate (2014) Hand Hygiene: information to support improvement

Care Inspectorate (2016) My World Outdoors

Care Inspectorate (2014),Management of medication in daycare of children and childminding services

Care Inspectorate (2014) Nappy changing facilities in early years, nurseries and large childminding services

Education Scotland (2016) How good is our early learning and childcare?

Education Scotland, What is Curriculum of Excellence?

Education Scotland (2013), Vision 2030+ Concluding report of the Learning for Sustainability National Implementation Group

Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence (2012) The Right to Go: A Guide to Helping Early Years Settings and Schools Manage Continence

Evans, G.W & Maxwell L. (1997) Chronic noise exposure and reading deficits: The mediating effects of language acquisition. Environment and Behaviour, Vol.29, September 1997.

Food Standards Agency (2016). Guidance on Temperature Control Legislation in the United Kingdom

Grandin, T. (1996). Emergence: Labelled Autistic. New York

Hanbury, M. (2007). Positive Behaviour Strategies to Support Children and Young People with Autism. London

Health Protection Scotland (2017), Infection Prevention and Control in Childcare Settings

Health Scotland (2015). Setting the Table - Nutritional guidance and food standards for early years childcare providers in Scotland

Irlen, H. (1991). Reading through Colours: Overcoming Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities through the Irlen Method. New York: Avery

Olds, Rui Anita. (2000). Child Care Design Guide: The Ultimate Day Care Centre Design Source McGraw-Hill. New York.

McMillan, B. & Saffran, J. (2016). Learning in Complex Environment: The Effects of Background Speech on Early Word Learning. Child Development. Vol.87, July 2016.

National Resource Centre for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education, University of Colorado College of Nursing (2015) Caring For Our Children

NHS Education for Scotland (2015). Preventing Infection in Care at Home Handbook. NHSScotland

Scottish Executive (2004). Curriculum Review Group Report

Scottish Government (2016) A Blueprint for 2020:The Expansion of Early Years and Childcare in Scotland

Scottish Autism (2009), Autism Toolbox

Scottish Government (2014), Building the Ambition: National Practice Guidance on Early Learning and Childcare

Scottish Government (2009), Building Better Schools: Investing in Scotland's Future,

Scottish Government (2004) Building Our Future: Scotland's School Estate

Scottish Government (2016) Building Standards Technical Guidance

Scottish Government (2017) Health and Social Care Standards: my support, my life.

Scottish Government (2013) Learning for Stability

Scottish Government (2013), Play Strategy for Scotland: Our Vision

Taylor, S. (2009) "Offsite Production in the UK Construction Industry - prepared by HSE. A Brief Overview".

Tezuka Architects (2016) The Yellow Book. Jovis

The Sutton Trust (2014) Sound Foundations: A Review of the Research Evidence on Quality of Early Childhood Education and Care for Children under Three.

United Nations (1987), Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future

White, R. & Stoecklin, V. (2003) Great 35sq foot Myth

Whitehurst, T. (2006) The impact of building design on children with autistic spectrum disorders. Good Autism Practice. Vol.1, May 2006.

World Health Organisation (2009) Natural ventilation for infection control in health-care settings

Zhang, G. Spickett, J. Rumchev, K. Lee, A.H, Stick, S. (2006) Indoor environmental quality in a 'low allergen' school and three standard primary schools in Western Australia. International Journal of Environmental and Health Vol.16, January 2006.


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