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Current Guidance to support the re-opening of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland
National practice guidance and support tools for practitioners.
Continuous Professional Learning
NEW - Pinky Promise
In October 2016, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, promised care experienced people that Scotland would do better. She said Scotland wouldcome together and love it’s most vulnerable children and give them the childhood they deserve. To figure out how to do this, she said the Independent Care Review should be set up.
The Care Review had to hear everyone’s voices. It needed to hear from the children and families who knew the ‘care system’ best – the people who had experienced it.
Vitamin D Guidance - Scottish Government
Vitamin D Guidance – Scottish Government
This guidance was updated on 1st Dec to reflect the Coronavirus situation
In Scotland, it is important that people maintain sufficient levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D has a number of important functions and is needed to support bone and muscle health.
Our main source of vitamin D is sunlight. In Scotland, we only get enough of the right kind of sunlight for our bodies to make vitamin D between April and September, mostly between 11 am and 3 pm. From October to March, we need to rely on dietary sources of vitamin D. Since vitamin D is found only in a small number of foods, it might be difficult to get enough from foods that naturally contain vitamin D and/or fortified foods alone.
Good food sources are oily fish and eggs. Other food sources include fortified foods such as breakfast cereals and spreads.
Everyone (including children) should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D, particularly during the winter months (October – March). It is specifically recommended that groups at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency take a daily supplement all year round. These groups include:
- all pregnant and breastfeeding women
- infants and children under 5 years old
- people who have low or no exposure to the sun, for example those who cover their skin for cultural reasons, are housebound, confined indoors for long periods or live in an institution
- people from minority ethnic groups with dark skin such as those of African, African-Caribbean and South Asian origin, who require more sun exposure to make as much vitamin D
The current guidance on sun exposure should be followed: 10–15 minutes of unprotected Scottish sun exposure is safe for all. Once sunscreen is correctly applied, vitamin D synthesis is blocked. Staying in the sun for prolonged periods without the protection of sunscreen increases the risk of skin cancer.
Further guidance for babies, young children and pregnant women
Babies and young children
- breastfed babies from birth to 1 year of age should be given a daily supplement containing 8.5 to 10 micrograms of vitamin D to make sure they get enough
- formula-fed babies shouldn’t be given a vitamin D supplement until they’re having less than 500ml (about a pint) of infant formula a day, as infant formula is fortified with vitamin D
- children aged 1 to 4 years old should be given a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D
You can buy vitamin D supplements or vitamin drops containing vitamin D (for under 5s) at most pharmacies and supermarkets. Please don’t buy more than you need.
For further information from the Scottish Government – click here
Position Statement (Highland Only)
Updated Covid-19 guidance from The Highland Council in response to the Scottish Government updates 30/10/20
Winter Planning for ELC providers including childminders (29/10/20)
Care Inspectorate Chief Executive Peter Macleod has written a letter to providers of early learning and childcare (ELC), including childminders and school-aged childcare, about winter planning during COVID-19.
Weekly Monitoring Form
Help keep children safe – complete a COVID-19 childcare monitoring return.
Scottish Government and Care Inspectorate are requesting all childcare settings in Scotland (some exceptions) to complete ‘WEEKLY MONITORING RETURN’ before midnight each Tuesday.
Click here to access
Scottish Government note to all childcare providers - 7/10/2020
Scottish Government note to all childcare providers – 7/10/2020
The First Minister has announced that, following an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases across Scotland and on the advice of her medical and scientific advisers, further measures were to be introduced across Scotland to slow the spread of COVID-19. The announcement by the First Minister has no effect on current childcare arrangements and childcare providers should continue to operate in accordance with the current guidance.
The Scottish Government Early Learning and Childcare Directorate have issued a ‘note’ outlining this to all childcare providers.
For Highlands Children 5 - Practice Guidance
Highland Children and Young People’s Forum
Highland Children and Young People’s Forum is a Scottish Charitable Organisation based in Highland.
On their website they state their aim is to:
“To advance human rights, promote equality and diversity and relieve those in need by contributing to towards the provision of highest possible standards of services in Highlands for the benefit of children and young people with additional support needs”
Find out about the excellent work they do by visiting their website.
Tooth brushing Standards
COVID-19 Toothbrushing Standards have been reviewed by the following bodies (24/8/20):
- Antimicrobial Resistance & Healthcare-Associated Infection Group, Health Protection Scotland
- The Care Inspectorate
- Chief Dental Officer
HTSI (Highland Third Sector Interface)
Free online learning for third sector organisations during Covid-19. Courses vary in length (identified at course description) and include some 60-second bitesize modules. Courses of particular interest include:
- Coping with Change, Self-care, Health & Wellbeing, Self-management.
- Cyber Security, Data Protection
- Health & Safety, Food Hygiene, Food Hygiene & Safety
- IT skills, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
- Literacy Skills
Please access via Marion, [email protected] (CALA practitioners only)
Scottish Government e-learning
Scottish Government ELC
Free e-learning for ELC practitioners – more in-depth modules to study over a few weeks
- Understanding the social factors which may impact on children’s outcome in the early years
- Supporting parents to further engage in their children’s development
- Supporting the development and progression of children’s early language and literacy
- Building confidence in identifying and responding to additional support needs
- Staff skills, knowledge and confidence in delivering and learning in STEM subjects
Step into Leadership
A new resource, 23 Things Leadership – Useful tool with activities to support leadership development in Social and health services – 23 different ‘things’ looking at all aspects of leadership/management, encouraging self-reflection. Links to the SSSC open badges.
COVID-19 related information
Supporting children’s worry and anxiety
Podcast and Q&A webinar on the impact of COVID with Stan Godek. Useful awareness of common anxieties and strategies for supporting children.
Posters, film for how to talk to parents, stories about COVID to share with children. How to talk about bereavement – and much more.
While we can’t hug
Short film for children explaining other ways to show you care
Leading in a crisis
Particular support for reflection, developing own and other’s leadership capability during crisis e.g. Covid-19: access to a range of existing leadership resources, from a variety of sources, using a simple and accessible format. Learners can access resources designed to support them develop their own skills in leading a crisis, leading with compassion, self-leadership, resilience and wellbeing. There are also resources to support leaders support others in a crisis, and in particular resources related to supporting others to use their own leadership capability, supervision and support, and coaching and mentoring
Child Action Prevention Trust
Free downloads on COVID and child safety
NHS Mental Health & Wellbeing
Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub
Range of support tools including info on children, teens, students. Mood assessment, video guides e.g. anxiety, low mood, low confidence & assertiveness, unhelpful thoughts. Links to therapies available, stress busters etc.
National wellbeing hub
Support page for those working in Health or Social Care in Scotland. Links for individuals, managers/employers
NHS Highland Staff health & wellbeing
For NHS Highland staff – covers issues such as healthy mind, healthy body, finance, etc. Also Moodzone assessment tool
Action for Happiness
Action for Happiness
Action for Happiness state:
“We are a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. We want to see a fundamentally different way of life – where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others.
Click here to access more information and their resources.
Just Ask – Highland Children and Young People’s Allied Health Professionals (AHP)
This enquiry line is for our parents, carers, children, young people, and those who work with them
Attachment theory in practice
The psychology of play
The psychology of play
A 2 min video with input from psychologists helping children cope with stress and worry through play – good to share with parents
Action for children
Action for children
Support for children’s mental health
Trauma-Informed – for those working with children and families video
Coping and resilience
Coping and resilience
A useful infographic to help awareness of coping mechanisms and resilience