Early Years

Briefing on the Incredible Years (IY) Programme, which is one of a series of briefing papers produced by NHS Health Scotland on parenting programmes currently used in Scotland. These are intended as a source of information for the early years workforce, providing an overview of the programme and supporting evidence. This workforce includes those working in local authority, health and voluntary sectors and those commissioning services.

Briefing on the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme, which is one of a series of briefing papers produced by NHS Health Scotland on parenting programmes currently used in Scotland. These are intended as a source of information for the early years workforce, providing an overview of the programme and supporting evidence. 

Independent evaluation of the PTP Support Programme assignments. It presents the findings from two components of the evaluation comprising an online end of assignment survey and five case studies to explore how LAs used the PTP support and any impacts it was perceived to have.

Report that investigated whether there were indeed differences in early years’ experiences between Scotland and England, and between the three ‘city regions’ of Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Glasgow and the Clyde Valley (GCV), that might partly account for the poorer health status of Scotland, and these areas.

It drew on four cohort studies of children, born in Britain in 1946, 1958, 1970 and 2000, supplemented by analyses of routine data and other large scale surveys.

Paper that is one of a series written to inform the development of equality outcomes for the Scottish Government. Guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) states that a range of relevant evidence relating to equality groups and communities should be used to help set equality outcomes that are likely to make the biggest difference in tackling inequalities.

First in a series of Spotlight papers which build on the findings of the NSPCC report – All Babies Count: Prevention and protection for vulnerable babies -  which highlighted the pressing need for effective interventions for parents and their babies.

The papers focus on the specific developmental importance of pregnancy and babyhood, shining a light on a particular issue for families, policy and practice, in this case parental misuse of drugs and alcohol.

The Early Years Collaborative was launched on 1 October 2012 at a multi-sector event hosted by Ministers, the Chief Medical Officer and COSLA as chairs of the Early Years Taskforce. Its objective is to accelerate the conversion of the high level principles set out in GIRFEC and the Early Years Framework into practical action.

This resource provides general information on the collaborative, as well as the latest updates.

Interactive web resource for parents and children on early years development, including playing, reading and talking.