Early Learning & Childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund open to applications today!

The next round of the Early Learning & Childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund will open to applications at 12pm today, Monday 20th September 2021.

The Scottish Government Early Learning & Childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund provides grants to early learning and childcare settings to support children with additional support needs in Scotland access their funded early learning and childcare.

The intention is that the fund will:

  • Make ELC settings more accessible for children with additional support needs;
  • Result in an increase in the number of ELC staff who are trained and confident to support children with additional support needs;
  • Promote more inclusive learning experiences for children; and
  • Ultimately, result in better outcomes for children with additional support needs.

Links to the online application form and guidance documents will be added to Children in Scotland’s website at: https://childreninscotland.org.uk/our-work/services/ and social media when the fund opens. 

Please be aware that applications will only be accepted until 5pm on Friday 29th October 2021. 

The ELC Inclusion Fund is funded by Scottish Government and administered by Children in Scotland.

If you have any questions regarding this funding, please email inclusionfund@childreninscotland.org.uk

Competition for Early Years Settings – Tackling Gender Stereotyping in the Early Years

Competition for early years settings! £100 worth of books and resources to be won!

What stories are in your book nook? 

After auditing over 3,000 books in nursery libraries across Scotland in terms of gender and diversity inclusion, Zero Tolerance has discovered that only 14% of the book collections passed the audit.

The audit looked for elements such as: female-lead storylines, inclusion of diverse characters, and non-stereotypical character framing.

Haven’t considered it? You should audit too!  

It is important for children to be surrounded by stories that reflect and represent, not only themselves, but the diversity in the world. By limiting the stories, they are exposed to, children are less likely to reach their full potential.

We are inviting nurseries and early years settings to join our short campaign to bring more gender balance into children’s libraries. This would involve undertaking an audit of your early years book collections. 

For a list of recommended children’s books and to take part in the audit please go to our website: https://www.zerotolerance.org.uk/book-audit/

Read more about the findings of the gender and diversity audit, https://www.zerotolerance.org.uk/news/news-events/childrens-book-audit-results-2021-/

Deadline 18th October 2021

Parent Club resources 

Parent Club has created several social media posts services can use to help parents to understand the different requirements for isolating/PCR tests. You can share the information on the linked posts with your families.

They have also created a PDF that you can share electronically or print as a poster. Please get in touch with luke.mcpherson@gov.scot if you have feedback on what other materials might be most helpful for your Covid-19 parental communication.

For more information and FAQs visit the Parent Club website.