Early Years

A collection of resources on the topic of early years.

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.

Grasping the nettle: early intervention for children, families and communities

A practice guide to the challenges and opportunities in supporting children, families and communities through early intervention, based on effective local, national and international practice.

Early education

Peter Lee is Director of the Childhood and Families Research and Development Centre at the University of Strathclyde. His research interests include professional practice development and equity and social justice. He is Co-chair of the Scottish Educational Research Association on Early Years.

Catch them young (Radio 4 series: Analysis)

Policy makers are becoming increasingly concerned with the long term consequences of childhood experiences. This concern is fuelled by the belief that the early years of life are crucial in shaping later life. Catch them young and save society trouble later on, runs the argument. Kenan Malik asks whether policies towards young children are based on reliable scientific evidence or on political claims.

A review of the promotion of children's emotional wellbeing by Action for Children services (2008)

This briefing highlights the different ways in which Action for Children services are addressing the emotional wellbeing needs of young children. Drawing on examples from across the UK the briefing outlines key learning form Action for Children for all early years services.

NRCCI : ministerial response - Adam Ingram

Podcast of a talk by Adam Ingram MSP, Minister for Children and Early Years, given at the National Residential Child Care Initiative Launch Event, "Higher aspirations, brighter futures", Edinburgh Hilton, 02/12/2009.

Early years : progress in developing high quality childcare and early education accessible to all

Report examining childcare and education provision for children below compulsory school age in England and assessing progress in improving accessibility, affordability and quality.

Listening as a way of life : listening to babies

Listening to children is an integral part of understanding what they are feeling and what it is they need from their early years experience. Understanding listening in this way is key to providing an environment in which all children feel confident, safe and powerful, ensuring they have the time and space to express themselves in whatever form suits them. This resource refers to listeners as adults and looks specifically at listening to babies.

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.

Evaluation of the Young Children's Voices Network pilot project (2006-2008)

Report of an evaluation of the Young Children’s Voices Network (YCVN), a project, begun in 2006, which focuses on participation in the early years. The purpose of the evaluation was to analyse the nature of YCVNs and discover what has helped and hampered local authorities in developing both their network and a culture of listening.