Upcoming Highland Early Years Vision Sessions

**The cut off date for applications to join a session is tomorrow**

The Future Vision for Early Years in Highland

On the 10th, 11th and 12th of May a series of sessions will take place to construct a Vision for Highland which will guide future development in every Early Years setting.   The Scottish Government’s ambition is for Scotland to be the best place for children to grow up in and learn.  Highland also has this ambition and we need to consider how we can realise this through our own unique context.

These sessions give everyone a chance to join in the conversation and have their voice included.

Each session will include:

  • The Early Years national context explored with Anne Paterson OBE, Education Scotland
  • The Early Years Highland context explored with Early Years Education Support Officers
  • The National Standard that all settings must meet as a minimum to ensure quality
  • Breakout room discussions to identify the priorities for Highland’s Vision

To take part, join a session.  The sessions will take place at 10am, 3.30pm and 6pm on the 10th and 11th of May for all Highland Council staff working in Early Years, Partner staff, Childminders and Allied Health Professionals.  Staff can sign up to attend through Highland CPD http://bit.ly/EarlyYearsVision

Please share the ‘Highland Early Years Vision’ poster with your staff team.  Click the text below to access.

Highland Early Years Vision Poster GAELIC

Highland Early Years Vision Poster

Two sessions on the 12th of May aim to engage families in the discussion, which will take place at 3.30pm and 7pm.

Please share the ‘Highland Early Years Vision – Family Version’ poster with your families, this includes a link for families to register interest to join a session.  Click the text below to access.

Highland Early Years Vision Poster – Family Version GAELIC

Highland Early Years Vision Poster – Family Version

 It is hoped as many staff, partners and families as possible can join a session to help shape the future Vision for Early Years in Highland.

Realising the Ambition – Overview Webinar

Professional learning opportunity for ELC and P1 practitioners across Highland

Education Scotland is providing a Realising the Ambition session for Highland practitioners with Dr Marion Burns presenting together with Mary Ann Hagan (HMI Inspector of Education).  Dr Burns is a co-writer of Realising the Ambition and very much in demand to speak to authorities and settings.

The session will take place on Thursday the 6th of May 2021 at 2pm-3.30pm (Inset).  Sign up through the eventbrite link below.

 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/realising-the-ambition-overview-webinar-tickets-152328959017

This event will be hosted by Auchtertyre Primary ELC.

Inspection during COVID-19 – Care Inspectorate Update

Inspection during COVID-19 – Care Inspectorate

The normal Care Inspectorate inspection programme was suspended in March 2020 in response to Scottish Government national restrictions put in place to help suppress the spread of Covid-19.

During the autumn and winter they recommenced the inspection programme on a revised basis. Carrying out as much activity as possible remotely, using digital and other means. However, they did respond proportionately to any concerns and continued to make visits to services wherever they judged it was necessary to gain assurance about children’s wellbeing.

They have now revised their inspection priorities for 2021-22 and will be taking into account a number of factors including:

  • intelligence which gives us cause for concern or suggests there are areas requiring further exploration. Intelligence may come from notifications or from a failure to comply with the notification system, and from complaints or relevant information provided by other bodies;
  • inspection history, particularly where the last inspection identified significant areas for improvement and where we now need to assess the extent to which improvements have been made;
  • services which have not been inspected since registration with the Care Inspectorate;
  • inspection frequency timescales.

For all high and medium risk services, they aim to carry out on-site visits to engage in fieldwork, gain assurance about the wellbeing of children and young people and assess how their needs are being met. They will work sensitively with services to ensure this is done safely, in a way which reduces risks for everyone. Inspection feedback will continue to be provided through a virtual meeting.

For all other services, they will continue to carry out as much activity as possible remotely, using digital and other means.

A Vision for Early Years in Highland

The Future Vision for Early Years in Highland

On the 10th, 11th and 12th of May a series of sessions will take place to construct a Vision for Highland which will guide future development in every Early Years setting.   The Scottish Government’s ambition is for Scotland to be the best place for children to grow up in and learn.  Highland also has this ambition and we need to consider how we can realise this through our own unique context.

These sessions give everyone a chance to join in the conversation and have their voice included.

Each session will include:

  • The Early Years national context explored with Anne Paterson OBE, Education Scotland
  • The Early Years Highland context explored with Early Years Education Support Officers
  • The National Standard that all settings must meet as a minimum to ensure quality
  • Breakout room discussions to identify the priorities for Highland’s Vision

To take part, join a session.  The sessions will take place at 10am, 3.30pm and 6pm on the 10th and 11th of May for all Highland Council staff working in Early Years, Partner staff, Childminders and Allied Health Professionals.  Staff can sign up to attend through Highland CPD http://bit.ly/EarlyYearsVision

Please share the ‘Highland Early Years Vision’ poster with your staff team.  Click the text below to access.

Highland Early Years Vision Poster GAELIC

Highland Early Years Vision Poster

Two sessions on the 12th of May aim to engage families in the discussion, which will take place at 3.30pm and 7pm.

Please share the ‘Highland Early Years Vision – Family Version’ poster with your families, this includes a link for families to register interest to join a session.  Click the text below to access.

Highland Early Years Vision Poster – Family Version GAELIC

Highland Early Years Vision Poster – Family Version

 It is hoped as many staff, partners and families as possible can join a session to help shape the future Vision for Early Years in Highland.