Guidance for Early Learning and Childcare settings – COVID 19

The guidance for educational and Early Learning and Childcare settings has now been updated and incorporated into the following general advice for all non-healthcare settings: https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/web-resources-container/covid-19-guidance-for-non-healthcare-settings/.  You will see it has some specific material for educational settings in Section 2, as well as other advice that applies more generally.

The guidance includes useful Educational resources for use in childcare and educational settings on page 12.

NHS has also provided us with a short animated video to support conversations and developing our children’s understanding of the virus – ‘Child-friendly explanation of Coronavirus (COVID-19)’

Coronavirus – Revised notification guidance

Care Inspectorate have revised their notifications guidance with immediate effect for all Early Learning and Childcare settings until further notice.

Care Inspectorate state:

“Every registered service with the Care Inspectorate must complete a notification of ‘Outbreak of Infectious Disease’ via their eForms account. Providers must notify the Care Inspectorate within 24 hours of any suspected or known case or outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19″.  

For further information on procedures and download relevant guidance and reporting formats visit:

https://www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/coronavirus-professionals

You will also find useful links to the ‘NHS Inform’ website with key messages for procedures/information/precautionary measures etc.

An information event for childminders in Scotland

Being and becoming a funded ELC Provider

Saturday 25th April 2020

Click here to read about this free event.

For childminders who are not able to attend but would like to know more – content and any presentations from the day will be made available after the event and posted on the Knowledge Hub in a group open to all stakeholders: Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland – Discussion Forum and Documents.

If you are not already a member of the Knowledge Hub and would like to join please email: [email protected]

Advice on the coronavirus for places of education

The following is a new public health poster for COVID-19 from NHS SCOTLAND to provide advice for places of education.

This poster should be downloaded/shared on Social Media/displayed in your settings etc. Please share widely.

PLEASE NOTE:

It is a requirement for all registered childminders and daycare of children’s services to notify the Care Inspectorate of any incidences or outbreaks of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) via the Care Inspectorate notification process 

 https://www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/notifications

Click here to download a copy of the poster

South Highland Outdoor Woodland Learning

An exciting free Continuous Professional Development opportunity organised by South Highland Outdoor Woodland Learning to encourage and support practitioners wishing to take learning outside more. 

Hosted by Juliet Robinson and South Highland OWL

Saturday 21st March

10am – 1pm

Nethybridge Community Centre

Find out more at:

https://facebook.com/events/s/woodland-beastie-hunt/429450877697104/?ti=as 

Event – Exploring innovative models of ELC to sustain rural communities

Come along and hear the findings of the 9-month research project funded by the Scottish Government and EU Innovation Fund on ‘Exploring innovative models of ELC to sustain rural communities’

The research project has been led by Care and Learning Alliance (CALA) in partnership with The Shieling Project, University of Highland and Islands (UHI), University of Edinburgh, NHS Highland, Highland Council, Skills Development Scotland, Cantraybridge College and Connecting Communities.

Due to complete at the end of March 2020, the research has focused on 4 main strands of work:

  • A strong and sustainable workforce
  • Alternative places and time
  • Intergenerational partnerships
  • Transport, including mobile nurseries.

Date and Time

Wed, 11th March 2020

5pm – 7pm

Location

Inverness College UHI

1 Inverness Campus

Inverness

IV2 5NA

Programme for evening

5-6pm presentation of findings

6-7pm tea/coffee and opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback on findings

Click here to book

ACCESSING REMOTELY

We can arrange for you to join us remotely between 5pm and 6pm by providing us with your email address no later than 6th March 2020 and we will provide you with a link to access the event.

Email addresses to [email protected]

Telephone: 01463 222569

COVID-19: Information for schools and Early Learning and Childcare Settings

Scottish Government have provided the following link to assist schools, early learning and childcare settings and other educational settings in providing advice for children, pupils, students, staff and parents or carers regarding  

  • the novel coronavirus, COVID-19
  • how to help prevent the spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • what to do if someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 has been in a school or other educational setting
  • what advice to give to individuals who have travelled from risk areas within the last 14 days

Click here to access

The Care Inspectorate has also shared a further link to guidance for healthcare providers on healthcare workers who have travelled to a risk area for COVID-19 Click here to access

Child Protection Bulletin (February 2020)

The seventh edition of the Child Protection Bulletin (February 2020) is now available to download. It provides information about ‘Sowing Seeds – Trauma-Informed Practice for anyone working with children and young people and the ‘Upstream Project’.

 Click here to access

 

New guidance – Realising the Ambition: being me

Education Scotland has published the new guidance document ‘Realising the Ambition: Being me’

This guidance is for anyone who works with and for babies and young children in all areas of early learning and childcare and early primary school.

Education Scotland state:

“Realising the Ambition: Being Me builds upon the original principles and philosophy of Pre-Birth to 3 and Building the Ambition.

This refreshed early years national practice guidance for Scotland presents key information about the characteristics of child development based on research and evidence.

It explores the range of  interactions, experiences and spaces  we need to provide for babies and young children to help them learn and grow best from their earliest days through to being a young child in early primary school.

In essence, ‘Realising the Ambition: Being Me’ increases expectations of high quality but still provides the necessary support for all who work in the early years’ sector and beyond.”

The guidance covers:

Section 1: Introduction

Section 2: Being Me – Starting Strong

Section 3: What I need to grow and develop

Section 4: Child’s work: the importance of play

Section 5: Early childhood curriculum and pedagogical leadership

Section 6: Putting pedagogy into practice

Section 7: Ensuring quality through critically reflective practice

Section 8: Transitions matter; to me

Section 9: What we can learn from other curriculum approaches

Within each of the sections there is a depth and breadth of information including guidance on Schemas, play pedagogy, the role of the adult in supporting learning, responsive and intentional learning and suggestions for learning from other curriculum approaches.

Click here to access further information about the guidance including a PowerPoint presentation of ‘Challenge Questions’ to support our engagement with the guidance document.

Research Presentation – Exploring innovative models of ELC to sustain rural communities

When:

Wednesday 11th March 2020 – 5pm – 7pm

Where: Inverness College UHI,

1 Inverness Campus, Inverness. IV2 5NA

About this event:

This is a presentation on the research findings from a 9-month study exploring innovative models of ELC and an opportunity for you to provide your views/feedback.

Exploring innovative models of ELC to sustain rural communities is a 9-month research project funded by the Scottish Government and EU Innovation Fund at a time of major changes in the funding and provision of ELC services. It has been led by Care and Learning Alliance (CALA) in partnership with The Shieling Project, University of Highland and Islands (UHI), University of Edinburgh, NHS Highland, Highland Council, Skills Development Scotland, Cantraybridge College and Connecting Communities.

The research is due to complete at the end of March 2020 and has been focused on 4 main strands of work:

  • A strong and sustainable workforce
  • Alternative places and times
  • Intergenerational partnerships
  • Transport, including mobile nurseries.

To book your place and further information visit: https://elc-explore-innovative-models.eventbrite.co.uk/

Cyber Scotland Week

Cyber Scotland Week (CSW) 2020 takes place between 17th – 23rd February. This will be a weeklong festival of events on cyber awareness,  cyber careers and innovation in cybersecurity. During this time organisations large and small are being encouraged to join in. Examples of how we can get involved include:

Be part of the conversation online and support CSW2020. 

Host an event for your audience only. 

Host an event or activity for an external or larger audience

 

Alternatively, if you would simply like to raise your awareness or look for resources, you will find the following on their website:

  • Resources and Cyber Resilience Blogs – to raise awareness of simple measures everyone can take to be safer and more resilient online

To find out more CLICK HERE

Parental Involvement Act Consultation

The Scottish Government are consulting on the Parental Involvement Act – Statutory Guidance.

“The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 sets out the role parents, schools (including nursery classes) and education authorities must play in ensuring all parents are fully involved in the life and work of the school and engaged in their children’s learning”.

The Scottish Government is seeking views to refine and update the statutory guidance on the Act.

Click here to access the current Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Statutory Guidance

Click here to access the updated Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Statutory Guidance

The consultation runs from 24th January 2020 – 30th April 2020. To access the consultation questionnaire, click here