Early Years

A collection of resources on the topic of early years.

Parents at the centre

Report undertaken to understand why some parents who are entitled to use early years services don’t normally do so. More specifically, the research seeks to understand how parents access information that shapes their decision-making about early years provision, and how service providers can better engage with and support parents to meet their families’ needs. On the basis of the findings, the case is made for a number of key policy changes, to ensure that early years provision enables children from low-income families to break out of the inter-generational cycle of disadvantage.

A pathway of care for vulnerable families (0-3): guidance

Guidance that draws on key Scottish Government publications launched between 2008 and 2011 to reinforce key messages around reducing inequalities, building capacity in individuals, families and communities and taking a holistic approach to meeting the needs of all children.

The overall aim is to ensure that vulnerable children (from conception to age 3) and families in all parts of Scotland receive support that is equitable, proportionate, effective and timely.

Joining the dots: a better start for Scotland's children

This report is about children’s early years - why they matter and how they can be improved. It is also about the kind of Scotland people are living in and the kind of society they want it to be - what matters to people as human beings and what they can do to support each other, as individuals, as well as through our public services and professionals.

It is also about government, politics, public policy and public services, and how, with increasing pressures on the public purse people can try and do the right things and do them well.

Extended flexible entitlement for three- and four year olds : pathfinder evaluation

Report of an evaluation of the extended flexible entitlement pathfinder which was introduced by the UK Government to maximise developmental benefits for children by providing extended access to free early years provision and to diminish childcare-related obstacles to employment faced by parents by providing more flexible delivery of free childcare provision across the private, voluntary and independent sectors.

Improving the well-being of disabled children (up to age 8) and their families through increasing the quality and range of early years interventions: progress map summary

This progress map summary provides key research findings from the C4EO knowledge review on the effectiveness of early years interventions for disabled children. A number of 'challenge questions' for strategic leaders to use in assessing, delivering and monitoring the effectiveness of early years interventions for disabled children are also provided.