Early learning and childcare (ELC) is a generic term used to cover the full range of early education and childcare available in Scotland today. The term early learning and childcare is intended to emphasise that the care and education of very young children are not two separate things. Babies and young children learn all the time from all their experiences.
Early learning and childcare settings are all those which offer education and childcare to children up to school age. These include settings known as family centres, nursery schools, nursery classes attached to primary schools, and childminders. Early learning and childcare settings can be operated by local authorities, private businesses, voluntary sector organisations, and in the case of childminders, self-employed individuals.
The term 'early learning and childcare' was introduced in the
Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. The Act replaced the previous entitlement of up to 475 hours per year of free sessions of pre-school education for 3-5 year olds, with a more flexible offer of up to 600 hours ELC per year for 3-5 year olds and certain eligible 2 year olds. Parents may also purchase additional hours of ELC for children who have an entitlement, and those who are not yet entitled to free hours.
Resources on the
National Improvement Hub (NIH) are tagged by subject. This includes an
ELC subject tag. Searching live on the NIH ensures you are checking the most up-to-date list of ELC resources. The following resources on the NIH may be of interest to ELC practitioners.
Cowcaddens Nursery - eTwinning Project ReportGaelic Medium Education 3-18 - A case study from Sir E Scott SchoolBriefings on Gaelic Education/Fiosrachadh mun GhàidhligLanguage Is Fun Together (LIFT)Forest Kindergarten Approach - Learning Outdoors With ConfidenceCreativity - Dylan WiliamA’ cur taic ris an Ìre Thràth ann am Foghlam Tro Mheadhan na Gàidhlig / Supporting the Early Years in Gaelic Medium EducationArgyll and Bute Approach – Knowing Each Child as a LearnerBlock Play – Block Building in the Early YearsBuilding the Ambition at Cowgate Under 5s CentreDeveloping nurturing relationships in Early Years in DundeeEarly Learning and Childcare and the Scottish Attainment ChallengeImproving gender balance 3-18Children's learning journeys at Monkton Primary School Nursery ClassCreativity infographicsDevelopment of creativity through play at Ballogie NurseryEvidencing change in fathers participating family learning groupsEngaging with familiesEffective environments to promote learning for children aged zero to fiveEffective observation leading to effective assessmentHow staff involve parents in their children’s learning - Ladybird Nursery SchoolHow Woodside Nursery School has developed partnerships to support children’s learningInspiring environments for high-quality learningLearning at home with science boxes - West Kilbride Primary SchoolLearning outdoors with confidence - Newmains Family Learning CentreManaging Risk in Outdoor LearningPedagogical Leadership in Early Learning and ChildcarePermission to be creative - Brian BoydPlanning for learning and parental engagement in RME at the early levelPlanning learning at Auchlone Nature KindergartenPlaytime Revolution – a resource from Grounds for LearningScience across the school - early level at Strathallan PrimarySciences 3-18 curriculum review - Good practiceSchematic play - Taking a closer lookTalking and listening across the four learning contextsTalking, listening and questionsThe Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Years EducationUsing ‘App’ technology to improve parental engagement in Dundee
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