Self-evaluation- making links between the National Standard for Early Learning and Childcare Providers and other national frameworks.

To meet criteria 4.1 of the National Standard settings need to use “relevant self-evaluation frameworks to evaluate and systematically identify strengths and areas for improvement.” National Standard for Early Learning and Childcare Providers. p25

We have created this document to help you identify links between the following relevant national frameworks:

  • The National Standard for Early Learning and Childcare Providers
  • The Quality Framework for daycare of children, childminding and day care of school age children
  • Realising the Ambition

This document can be found under self-evaluation in the information for Managers section and is called identifying links within national guidance. 

Care Inspectorate have published: Guide for Providers on Personal Planning, Early Learning and Childcare

The guide can be found on the Care Inspectorate Hub here.

“The aim of this guide is to support staff in services to develop personal plans for
children. It has been developed collaboratively by colleagues within the early
learning and childcare teams

This guide is for managers and their staff to help improve how personal planning is
undertaken. It will help inspectors to evaluate personal plans in a more consistent
way during scrutiny and improvement work.”

CALA Allergens E-Learning Module

The content of this module was provided by the Highland Council and developed in partnership for e-learning by Care and Learning Alliance.

The Highland Council recognises that all practitioners working with and for Highland’s children should have a strong awareness of food allergens and how these should be managed.

On completion of this e-module you will have:

  • An understanding of what a food allergy and intolerance are.
  • Developed an awareness of ingredients that can cause allergies.
  • Understanding of what allergy information is required on pre-packed food labels.
  • Considered the importance of engaging with parents to share information and simple strategies to support this.

This module is for:

  • Childminders
  • Early Learning and Childcare practitioners
  • Out of School Care practitioners
  • All practitioners and staff working with and for children under 12 years in regulated childcare services.


Access is online and can be accessed and completed in the timeframe to suit the individual.

Access to the module:

All practitioners wishing to access the course should contact Highland CPD on:

  • A link will then be provided to initiate joining.
  • In the link you will be required to identify if you have used CALA e-learning before.
  • For those that have you will be asked to provide us with your name and email address – the course will be added to your CALA e-learning account. You simply login as normal and the course will be in ‘MY COURSES’
  • For those that don’t have a CALA e-learning account – you will be asked to provide us with relevant information for us to set you up an account manually.
  • You will be provided access to the course on the first Friday after you request to join. You will receive confirmation that the course is now available for you via the email you provide for us.
  • After you have completed the course – you will be able to download your certificate.


Why not go exploring with your children using ‘Discover With Dug’ an interactive resource created by e-sgoil in both Gaelic and English.

Discover With Dug – an interactive approach for our youngest learners

We know that the best online learning for young children encourages real-life play, movement, songs, stories, dance and interactions and experiences – especially outdoors. Dug’s Discovery Den has been developed in partnership with Education Scotland to offer children across the early level of early learning and childcare and primary school an interactive collection of clicks to inspire further learning and exploration beyond the screen.

Dug’s Discovery Den presents an outdoor interactive and continually evolving virtual learning space. The space reflects the young learner’s world and interests by revealing different activities and new learning discoveries as we move through the seasons of the year.

As we explore and further develop this approach we would love to hear your feedback. Below you will find pilot sites in Gaelic and in English, and a form for you to add your comments and suggestions.”