early child care and education

Every child a talker: guidance for early language lead practitioners

Materials designed to lead practitioners and their colleagues create a developmentally appropriate, supportive and stimulating environment in which children can enjoy experimenting with and learning language.

It can be implemented whether children are in early years settings, with a childminder or at home with their parents.

Early education pilot for two year old children

Report that provides the findings of the evaluation of the early education pilot for disadvantaged two year old children (the pilot).

This study aimed to assess the impact of the pilot by looking at: how well the pilot was targeted, parents’ experiences of taking up a pilot place, the quality of the pilot settings, the impact on the children’s cognitive and sociobehaviour, and parents’ views and experiences of using a pilot place.

Maximising opportunities: final evaluation report of the Healthier, Wealthier Children (HWC) project

Report that presents the evaluation findings from the Healthier, Wealthier Children (HWC) project. The project involved developing new approaches to providing money and welfare advice to pregnant women and families with children at risk of, or experiencing, child poverty across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC).

Funded by the Scottish Government, the 15-month project involved a range of partners including NHS GGC, Glasgow City Council, other council partners, and the voluntary sector.

Parenting: early years to teenage years

Publications page of Parenting across Scotland, which contains research on the importance of early years, and effective approaches to parenting and family support.

National parenting strategy: making a positive difference to children and young people through parenting

The National Parenting Strategy has one clear purpose: to act as a vehicle for valuing, equipping and supporting parents to be the best that they can be so that they, in turn, can give the children and young people of Scotland the best start in life.

Getting it Right for Play: the power of play - an evidence base summary

Short summary of a detailed literature review, the Power of Play: an evidence base. It presents a strong body of evidence and expert opinion demonstrating the crucial role of play, especially outdoor play, in children’s enjoyment of their childhood, their health and their development. It also discusses the importance of creating spaces and opportunities where children can play freely in their local neighbourhoods.

Play in staffed provision: the Scottish experience

Research briefing which is based on an online survey of 20 questions. The survey was administered in November and December 2011. Initially, childcare providers in Glasgow, East Ayrshire, West Lothian and the Shetland Isles were invited to participate, using a contact list provided by the Care Commission. Youth Scotland and the Scouts promoted awareness of the research through their ezines. Similarly, the Smartplay Network brought the research to the attention of toy library contacts.

Getting it Right for Play: children's play in Scotland - the policy context

Outlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to play in policy and guidance and acts as a supporting document to the Getting It Right for Play toolkit.

Getting it Right for Play: the power of play - an evidence base

Provides a comprehensive literature review of the benefits of play to children and the wider community, and acts as a supporting document to the Getting It Right for Play toolkit.

Getting it Right for Play: a toolkit to assess and improve local play opportunities

Toolkit for all those interested in evaluating and improving local outdoor play opportunities and experiences for children and young people in Scotland. It shows how to use four tools to collect and analyse sufficient information to measure against eight indicators.