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Building the Ambition

Last updated:
6 September 2017


What is this?

Building the Ambition is a document which provides national practice guidance to support staff in providing high quality early learning and childcare.

Published in August 2014, it includes case studies and reflective questions designed to promote discussion and support improvement by helping those involved in early learning and childcare put theory into practice.

Who is this for?

All practitioners involved in early learning and childcare.

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PDF file: Building the Ambition - national practice guidance (4.45 MB)

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​These materials are intended to help practitioners at all levels engage more deeply with the guidance.


Section 2: What we know from policy and research

Read section 2 of the guidance.

Training materials

Word file: BtA training session - GIRFEC (41 KB)

 

Section 3: What makes the difference for children and families?

Read section 3 of the guidance.

Training materials

 Word file: BtA training session - The image of the child (1.2 MB)

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Section 4: What do we mean by play and learning?

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Section 5: Understanding attachment

Read section 5 of the guidance.

Articles

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Section 6: Early learning and childcare – what do children need?

Read section 6 of the guidance.

Training materials

 Word file: BtA training session - The question of developmental stages (39 KB)

 Practice exemplars

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Section 7: Putting pedagogy into practice

Read section 7 of the guidance.

Training materials

Word file: BtA training session - Wellbeing - The baby (395 KB)

Word file: BtA training session - Wellbeing - The toddler (132 KB)

Word file: BtA training session - Wellbeing - The young child (6.96 MB)

Word file: BtA training session - Curiosity, inquiry and creativity - The baby (500 KB)

Word file: BtA training session - Curiosity, inquiry and creativity - The toddler (44 KB)

Word file: BtA training session - Curiosity, inquiry and creativity - The toddler - 2 (1.56 MB)

Word file: BtA training session - Curiosity, inquiry and creativity - The young child (1.07 MB)

Word file: BtA training session - Communication - The toddler (50 KB)

Word file: BtA training session - Communication - The young child (1.10 MB)

Practice exemplars

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Section 8: What are the key elements of quality in a setting?

Read section 8 of the guidance.

Training materials

 Word file: BtA training session - Thinking about quality (664 KB)

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Download video transcripts

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Partnership Working

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Environments

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Doctor Maria Robinson - Play

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Play

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Doctor Rosemary Roberts: Companionable relationships

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Attachments

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Doctor Maria Robinson: Attunement

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Transitions

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Professor Aline-Wendy Dunlop - Transitions

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Observation, Assessment and Planning

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Environments

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three:  Doctor Rosemary Roberts - Schemas

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Health and Wellbeing

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Literacy and Numeracy

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Doctor Maria Robinson: Language development

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Professor Colwyn Trevarthen: Language development

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Professor Colwyn Trevarthen - Musicality of language

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Role of Staff

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Doctor Maria Robinson: Role of staff

Word file: Pre-Birth to Three: Professor Aline Wendy Dunlop: Role of Staff




Tags:

Learning and assessment; Early Learning and Childcare (ELC)

​Related links

Pre-Birth to Three - national guidance and multimedia resource

Building the Ambition (Scottish Government website)