Looking for support to develop how you embed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?

The following documents can be found on the National Improvement Hub.

The purpose of this document is to help practitioners engage with UNCRC articles and develop an understanding of how children’s
rights translate from policy into meaningful, everyday experiences for babies and children

This document is intended to support ELC settings to evidence and reflect on their current provision and practice through an UNCRC lens. While it is important to acknowledge the totality of all 54 articles within the UNCRC, this document shines a light on those which are particularly relevant to everyday ELC provision. The articles within this document have been organised into three themes, commonly known as the ‘3 Ps’: the rights to ProvisionProtection and Participation. This tool should be used alongside national guidance and UNCRC support materials signposted on the Early Years Rights Based Approach CLPL Padlet. These resources are intended to support settings enacting the UNCRC articles and illustrate how rights translate into meaningful everyday experiences for babies and young children.

Join Care Inspectorate’s webinar about the new staffing legislation 

Care Inspectorate are hosting two webinars on 25 April which focuses on the new Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019, that will be enacted on 1 April 2024. 

The Act provides legal requirements and guiding principles for those who commission and deliver health and care services.  It also places a statutory duty on care service providers to ensure safe and effective staffing and ultimately, the best outcomes for people using their service. 

During both webinars our safe staffing programme team will provide:  

  • overview of the Act 
  • the guiding principles  
  • duties and responsibilities  

There will also be an opportunity for a question-and-answer session.  

This is for anyone who provides a care service in Scotland or who is employed by a service who provides care for adults, children, young people, early years services, including childminders.   

Details of webinar: 

Date:  Tuesday 25 April 


  • Webinar 1 – 11:30 – 13:00 
  • Webinar 2 – 18:00 – 19:30   

Location:  Online (Microsoft Teams platform) 

To register for your preferred webinar, please complete the registration form.  You will receive a link to join the webinar nearer the time. 

Learning through Landscapes – Local School Nature Grants. Open to early years settings in Scotland.

Are you interested in developing your outdoor learning spaces? This outdoor learning grant fund has two elements – £500 of outdoor equipment chosen from a catalogue of over 100 items, and an outdoor learning training course for your staff. It is open to schools and early years settings in Scotland.

If you are interested please use this link to find more information, a link to the guidance and complete the four simple questions to get started.

Education Scotland Numeracy and Mathematics Webinars for ELC and lower primary.

Counting Series

This series of webinars is aimed mainly at practitioners in Early Learning and Childcare and lower primary who are supporting learners to progress and develop counting skills. It will offer practical ways of permeating counting routines in the spaces, interactions and experiences across the setting.

Sessions one and two have already taken place but there are three more sessions coming up.

  • (upcoming) Session Three: Counting Principles – 27.3.23 – 4:00-5:30
  • (upcoming) Session Four: Counting Routines- 26.4.23 – 4:00-5:30
  • (upcoming) Session Five: Beyond Counting – 25.5.23 – 4:00-5:30

You can watch the recording of previous sessions (One: An Overview of Counting and two: Subitising) and access the slides and links referenced here. If you would like to sign up to attend the sessions you can register here.

Scottish Government response to the consultation on inspection of early learning and childcare and school age childcare services in Scotland

The Scottish Government ran a consultation in relation to ELC inspections with the aim of gathering views on:

  • the strengths of existing arrangements;
  • where improvements can be made; and,
  • specific proposals to streamline and improve the inspection of ELC and school age childcare services through the introduction of a shared quality framework.

The Scottish Government commissioned an independent analysis of the consultation responses from an external research agency, Wellside Research, following the closure of the consultation in October 2022. To read their response please click here.