“This framework for early learning and childcare was planned to be launched in spring 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic. We widely consulted during the development of the framework with the sector. We have not yet been able to test the framework on inspections, however we developed Key question 5, “How good is our care and support during the Covid-19 pandemic?” We used this key question in our scrutiny work of self-evaluation, virtual
and on-site inspections during the pandemic. The format of the key question mirrors this
extended framework so the sector will be familiar with this.
We are issuing this Early Learning and Childcare Quality Framework to the sector to support
you in the self-evaluation of your setting. We will test this in settings when we return to full
inspections. After testing the framework at some inspections when it is appropriate to do
so, we will update the framework if changes are needed and issue a final version. Before
we use it in our full inspection programme, we will notify the sector in advance of full
The core of the new approach for all early learning and childcare settings including school
aged childcare and childminders is a quality framework which sets out the elements that will
help us answer key questions about the impact care and learning is making to children.
The primary purpose of a quality framework is to support settings to evaluate their own
performance. This framework is then used by our inspectors to provide independent
assurance about the quality of care and support
Teachers who may be starting their journey to “playful classrooms” or who may like to talk over their journey so far with other staff already engaged in a playful approach to Learning and Teaching may be interested in a drop in session being held on 16th June at 16.00 till 17.00. As a group we can discuss how to get started, what has been a successful approach and what to try and avoid. Everyone is welcome to come along and share experiences. To join please sign up through Highland CPD Course Ref: P1ay 1 and Course ID: 74796
“All About Me” paperwork is having an update and we are hoping that your team can help. A multi-agency team of early years staff have created a new template to replace the “All About Me” sheets used presently and added the Personal Care Plan into this document which is to be called “Being Me!”. We are looking for settings to be involved in a pilot of the new paperwork for Session 2021 – 2022 so the final document can be ready to use widely in session 2022 – 2023. If you think you would like to be involved please email email@example.com
We can send you the new document then, as a team, you can decide if you would like to be in the Pilot Group.
Newtonmore English ELC are another Highland setting who have taken part in the latest cohort of Virtual Nature School learning and have been featured on the case study section of the Virtual Nature School site. Click here to find out more about their journey and the impact being part of this learning community has had on supporting nature based play for children and the confidence of staff to plan in the moment and explore the wider community. Well done Newtonmore!😊