Welcome to Session 2022-23!

We hope you’ve all had a lovely summer and have been able to take some time off to relax and recharge your batteries. Grateful thanks is due to all managers and practitioners who have been caring for our children during the holiday period. Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed.

If you have accessed our blog recently, you will notice that it’s had a makeover! We hope you like the new look and will find it easier to navigate and find the information you need. Updating the blog is a time consuming process and despite our best efforts, we haven’t been able to complete the update so please be patient as we continue to work on it over the next term. If you’re unable to find any information, please contact your link EYESO.

We would really appreciate any suggestions on information which could be included in the blog. Please contact ashley.bartlett@highland.gov.uk, clare.blair@highland.gov.uk or mairi.mackay2@highland.gov.uk if you have any ideas or suggestions to make.


The ELC Quality framework

Care Inspectorate have produced a bitesize video to introduce the new quality framework. This is the first in a series aimed at supporting you in using the framework to it’s full potential. You can view using this link: Bitesize introduction to the new ELC Quality Framework – YouTube

Play Pedagogy Toolkit

This multi-media toolkit was updated in August 2022. It aims to support practitioners working with children in the Early Level to appropriately use play pedagogy to support learning and development.

It is designed with practitioners across Scotland to be used in conjunction with Curriculum for Excellence and the refreshed national practice guidance for early years in Scotland Realising the Ambition: Being Me’.

You can view the updated toolkit using this link: https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/early-level-play-pedagogy-toolkit/

Updates/information regarding inspections in ELC from the Scottish Government and Education Scotland

Here are a couple of updates that will be of interest to anyone working in ELC. One regarding Education Scotland approaches to inspections this session and the other regarding a consultation by the Scottish Government regarding ELC inspection.

Scottish Government consultation: Inspection of early learning and childcare and school age childcare services
The Scottish Government launched a consultation on 11 July 2022 seeking views on proposals to improve and streamline inspection of early learning and childcare (ELC) and school aged childcare services in Scotland. This can be accessed via the Scottish Government consultation hub.
The consultation seeks to gather views on the strengths of existing arrangements, where improvements can be made and on specific proposals to streamline and improve the inspection of ELC and school age childcare services through the introduction of a shared inspection framework. 

Please do take the time to complete the consultation to help the Scottish Government to get the next steps right.  This consultation is running for an extended period of 16 weeks to take account of the summer holiday period. The Scottish Government would encourage everyone with an interest – including providers, staff, childminders, teachers, inspectors, parents, carers, local authority colleagues and other stakeholders – to respond by midnight on 28 October

Education Scotland are hosting webinars on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th august 15.45 – 16.30 to share more information about their inspection approaches for schools.
The webinars are open to all school leaders and education practitioners.
The webinars can be booked by using this link: Events | News and events | Education Scotland

Happy Summer!

We would like to thank you for all your hard work over the last year, which we know has not been without its challenges. 

For many of you it will be a holiday period to relax and recharge your batteries, but not for you all.

Thank you to all practitioners and managers who will be continuing to work in providing a valuable service for Highland’s children and families over the summer. We hope you will also have the opportunity to enjoy some time off.

Wishing you all a very happy summer!



EpiPen Training for Staff in ELC

Please visit www.epipen.co.uk to access EpiPen training.

On the site there is information for patients, members of the public and professionals. The site goes through anaphylaxis and there is a video showing staff how to administer the EpiPen.

Requests by education and ELC staff for training will be directed to this site.  This online training will provide consistent and updated advice to all staff across services.

Being Me! Personal Care Plan

Creating and maintaining a meaningful and inclusive personal care plan for each child is essential in supporting settings to meet a child’s needs.

The new ‘Being Me!’ is just one part of a child’s Personal Care Plan. You will have enrolment forms, Seemis, children’s profiles, possibly medication forms, child protection forms, Child’s Plans or Pre-school Form 1s and potentially other documents that create a full picture and plan for your children.

Please watch the bitesize session and read the guidance document and notes on each section before implementing this as part of your personal planning approach. For further information on personal planning please refer to the Care Inspectorate Guide for providers on personal planning.

When watching the bitesize session it is useful to have the guidance and documents to hand. If you require further support or guidance please contact your link EYESO.

Click here to access all the resources on the Being Me page.