Early Years

A collection of resources on the topic of early years.

Infant mental health: the Scottish context

The purpose of this briefing is to:

- provide an overview of national infant mental health policy since devolution
- consider whether agreed objectives have been achieved, and identify gaps
- present NSPCC Scotland’s views about what more needs to be done to meet the needs of infants at risk.

Social and emotional wellbeing: early years (NICE public health guidance 40)

Guidance that aims to define how the social and emotional wellbeing of vulnerable children aged under 5 years can be supported through home visiting, childcare and early education. The recommendations cover: - strategy, commissioning and review - identifying vulnerable children and assessing their needs - ante- and postnatal home visiting for vulnerable children and their families - early education and childcare - delivering services

Decision-making within a child's timeframe: an overview of current research evidence for family justice professionals concerning child development and the impact of maltreatment

Overview of research evidence that has been commissioned in response to the Family Justice Review recommendation for consistent training and development for family justice professionals, including a greater emphasis on child development. It aims to bring together key research evidence to facilitate understanding among professionals working in the family justice system in areas relating to:

Update of NHS Health Scotland early years and childcare publications for parents and professionals September 2012

Briefing paper which provides an overview on the latest updates to NHS Health Scotland publications for parents and professionals within the area of early years and childcare.

Up-to-date information on new resources and details of how to order and request translations and alternative formats is provided.

Find a parenting programme

Section of the Department for Education website for parents and commissioners looking for parenting programmes and interventions. The programmes have all been independently evaluated using an evidence-based approach to show that they work. Assessments were carried out prior to 1st April 2012.

Dads2b resource

A resource for professionals providing antenatal education and support to fathers.

Zero To Three

An American national, nonprofit organisation that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policy makers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Its mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.

Infant mental health: resources sign-posting sheet

List of resources and organisations to support a project to support health improvement and reduce inequalities in North Ayrshire.

This project has a focus on early years and reflects the needs of communities using an asset-based approach. The project is working with people living and working in the Ardrossan Central and Castlepark areas to map community assets, identify local issues and develop solution-focused, community-based initiatives.