The National Standard

The National Standard sets out what children and families should expect from their early learning experience regardless of where they access their child’s funded hours.

All ELC providers will be required to meet the Standard before they can access funding to deliver the free hours, whether they are in the public, private or third sectors or childminders.

Settings can read more about High Quality ELC in Highland here and can use the National Standard Audit tool to monitor their progress towards meeting the Standard.