New Guidance and Resources

Care Inspectorate: A quality framework for daycare of children, childminding and school-aged childcare

This week the Care Inspectorate published their new quality framework for the daycare of children, childminding and school-aged childcare.  

The primary purpose of the framework is for early learning and childcare (ELC) services to evaluate their own performance.  It will also be used by Care Inspectors to provide independent assurance about the quality of children’s experiences and outcomes. 

The framework will be tested in some services between June and September 2021 and Care Inspectorate will notify the sector before they fully implement the framework in their full inspection programme.

Click here to access the guidance


National Cyber Security Centre: Supporting children to keep safe online

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched a new free educational game ‘ CyberSprinters’ with resources for helping children aged 7-11 years in Primary school, clubs and youth organisations learn about cybersecurity (how to stay safe online). 

To find out more and how to access the game click here

Get into Summer

Supporting Parent, Baby & Toddler Groups Grant

Early Years Scotland and the Care and Learning Alliance are excited to be administering a fund for Parent, Baby and Toddler Playgroups.

This fund will support Parent, Baby and Toddler Playgroups to be part of the Get Into Summer Campaign. This is a fantastic opportunity for groups to apply for a grant of up to £500.

We would be grateful if you could share this information with any contacts that are involved with one of these groups.

We have created an extensive list of FAQs to support applicants, which can be found on the webpage, along with the online application.

Funding is not limited to the provision of activities, find out more details in the FAQs. 

Applications open on Thursday 10 June at 10 am and close at midday on Monday 21 June.

Enquires are welcome and details of how to get in touch with CALA or Early Years Scotland can be found below.

Click here to contact details for Care and Learning Alliance

Click here for contact details for Early Years Scotland