Care Inspectorate update on the shared inspection framework

Statement published by the CI on the 11th September 2019

“Today, we updated early learning and childcare services on the shared inspection framework with the following message.

Both the Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland acknowledge the changes and pressures being experienced across the sector during this period of the early learning and childcare expansion and implementation of 1140 hours of high-quality early learning and childcare for all 3- and 4-year-olds, and eligible 2-year olds by August 2020.

Both organisations have been working collaboratively with stakeholders to develop a shared inspection framework. The framework is still under development and we would seek to consult further with the sector and partners in the future. Therefore, we have agreed with Scottish Government to defer the development of the framework until after the expansion has been fully implemented.

During this period, both Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland will continue to work together to strengthen working relationships and arrangements including ensuring wherever practicable that settings receive one inspection during a cycle. We will also further strengthen our model for shared inspections and our collaborative working practices.

Education Scotland will continue to use How Good is Our Early Learning and Childcare during inspections. The Care Inspectorate will continue to develop a quality framework for the sector in line with other care service types. This framework will take account of the national Health and Social Care Standards and best practice guidance. Until the new framework has been agreed, the Care Inspectorate will continue to use the Quality Theme Framework for inspection.

We appreciate the interest and support the sector has provided to date and we very much look forward to working with you in the future.”

Kevin Mitchell

Executive Director Scrutiny and Assurance

Care Inspectorate

Janie McManus

Strategic Director, Scrutiny

Education Scotland

Interested in developing STEM or understanding what it looks like in ELC visit the National Improvement Hub

It includes some interesting video clips and reflective questions that can support understanding and develop practice.

CPD Update

The new ELC CPD and Improvement in Highland is now available on the blog.

The Highland Education Improvement Framework sets out a robust process for implementing changes and improvements, based on the national 3-Step Improvement Framework (  This process is expected to be followed in all Highland schools and ELC provisions, and it is advised that partner centres follow this, or a similar model.

CPD table


Don’t forget when developing your practice there is a summary of ELC resource on the National Improvement Hub and further resources that can support you on your improvement journey on the Care Inspectorate Hub.


Year Long Outdoor Learning Training Course Applications

Thank you to the Early Learning and Childcare practitioners who have applied to the Highland Council Year Long Outdoor Learning course delivered in partnership with Stramash Scotland.  The deadline for applications has been extended to Wednesday the 12th of June.  If you wish to apply please follow the details attached.  Please seek permission from your line manger before applying.

Outdoor training application process – May 2019

one page profile application for yearlong course

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