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Early years focus
What happens during pre-conception, pregnancy, birth and the earliest years of a child’s life can determine the health and wellbeing of the rest of their childhood and their adult life. This is why support for children’s early years, for their families and for the early years workforce has always been an important focus for Children in Scotland’s work.
From 2010-2012, funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, supported by the Scottish Government,enabled us to increase and deepen our work to influence policy on early years matters. While our policy staff, with our members, are pursuing early years policy matters through a range of networks and methods, this increased focus has an impact on all Children in Scotland’s work including our training, events and publications, some of which we highlight here.
Early years newsletter
Briefings and reports
The final output of the Early Years Policy Project looks at forming good health habits around hand washing, teeth brushing, being outside and eating for health and wellbeing.
Children in Scotland surveyed local authorities to explore their expectations and aspirations for what the Children and Young People Bill might deliver for Early Childhood Education and Care in Scotland.
The Scottish Childcare Lottery (February 2012) Full report by Children in Scotland and the Daycare Trust
Special Report no.2: Early Childhood Education and Care: Developing a fully integrated early years system(August 2011)
Special Report no.1: The cost of childcare in Scotland(February 2011)
European Structural Funds and Early Childhood Education and Care - Written submission to the Scottish Parliament European and External Relations Committee on the use of EU Structural Funds (April 2012). Children in Scotland urges the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations Committee to recommend that the structural funds be constructively applied to support the development of universal early year childhood education and care and school age childcare provision across Scotland
Latest early years work across Children in Scotland
Working it out: Help shape the future of Scotland's children's sector workforce. Children in Scotland invited the children's sector workforce, employers, planners, universities, colleges and other stakeholders to join in debate about future children's sector workforce development. Visit www.childreninscotland.org.uk/workforce for a series of publications outlining the discussions and learning.
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