child care

An equal start: fair access to nursery provision

Paper that examines whether there are any changes the Scottish Government can make, in the short-term, to improve the way the government-funded nursery provision works as well as feed into the wider debate on childcare.

Revision of NHS Health Scotland maternal and infant nutrition resources 2012

Paper aimed at all professionals who may, during the course of their work, provide advice to parents and carers in relation to maternal and infant nutrition. It aims to highlight the key updates which were made to six universal resources produced by NHS Health Scotland during routine reviews in 2012.

Early years information pathway

Designed to guide health professionals through the national information resources available to support effective communication with parents and improve maternal and child health outcomes.

It covers pre-conception, pregnancy, infancy, toddler and the pre-school period up to the age of 5 years. It also signposts to related services and resources to support parents and carers.

Studies in the Maternal

An international, peer-reviewed, scholarly online journal that aims to provide a forum for contemporary critical debates on the maternal understood as lived experience, social location, political and scientific practice, economic and ethical challenge, a theoretical question, and a structural dimension in human relations, politics and ethics.

National guidance for child protection in Scotland: guidance for health professionals in Scotland

Guidance that is supplementary to, and should be read in conjunction with the Scottish Government 'National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2010'. The guidance outlines key definitions and concepts, specifically a definition of what constitutes child abuse and neglect and harm/significant harm.

Raising Children Network

Website for Australian mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone else who has responsibility for the care of children. It aims to meet the information needs of a wide range of users, including those who are just curious, those who are looking for assistance with particular problems or issues, and the users who want to explore the science behind modern thinking on the care of children.

National risk framework to support the assessment of children and young people

Guidance that aims to support and assist practitioners at all levels in every agency, to be able to approach the task of risk identification, assessment, analysis and management with more confidence and competence.

It seeks to provide tools that, if used, support methodical and systematic approaches to not only better understanding risk and its presentation with children and families, but also enhance interventions and potential outcomes.

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

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.