Category Archives: Early Years

Early Years


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Argyll and Bute Family Information Service

Argyll and Bute Council Early Years Service

Early Years Service Priorities and Drivers (2017/2018)

Early Years Team Priorities and Drivers (2018/2019)

Early Years Team Priorities and Drivers (2019/2020)

‘Three Assets Approach’: Curriculum Design and Pedagogy in the Early Years

Primary 1 Teachers Transition Activities

Early Years Conference – We are Connected, Curious and Creative7th November 2019 – Queen’s Hall, Dunoon

Conference Photos Conference Programme


  1. Presentation – A&BC Education Address
  2. Presentation – Ferre Laevers and Julia Moons 
  3. Presentation – Kate Wall 
  4. Presentation – What Matters to Me in ELC

Early Years Management Information Session – 22nd May 2019 – the Inveraray Inn

  1. MIS May Presentation updated 
  2. Task Feedback – Lunch Experience
  3. ELC Three Assets May 2019
  4. Three Assets -Feedback Template
  5. Three Assets A5 Taskcards

Who leads the learning? Lollipop moments can change hearts, minds and lives – Early Years Conference 8th November 2018

Jess Alexander SSSC presentation | Shona Taylor Education Scotland presentation | Maureen MacDonald Bowmore & Port Ellen presentation | Nursery Rhymes presentation | Catherine Agnew Care Inspectorate Presentation | Kirsten Thomson (SERA) presentation | Kirsten Thomson Learning Stories

Early Years Conference – November 2017 – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star! Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience in Argyll and Bute

Anne Paterson welcoming address | Slideshow – Building Resilience in Argyll and Bute | Linden Ginter – Applying Nurture as a Whole School Approach | Alison MacKenzie – 1140 hours update | Catherine Agnew – Care Inspectorate update | Kevin Champion – Supporting young people at Oban High School | Marion Graham – Maximise Your Moment | Conference Programme


1140 hours – ELC expansion in Scotland 2020

Attachment – a range of resources and guidance to build a greater understanding of the importance of attachment

Care Inspectorate Guidance

Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative  (CYPIC) – information on the CYPIC and a range of Model for Improvement tools

Childminders – range of documents to support childminders (including partner and community childminders)

Early Learning and Childcare Documents – Early Years Service application forms and leaflets for parents and providers

Early Learning and Childcare Support Materials

Early Level Classes – information on Early Level Class provision in Argyll and Bute including examples of practice

Family Learning and Engagement – national and local guidance on family engagement including presentations from our Family Engagement Conference in 2015

Funding – application forms for Early Years funding

Gaelic ELC Provision Sgoil Àraich

GIRFEC – guidance and access to the Argyll & Bute GIRFEC eLearning module

Hot Meal Service Information

Leading in the Early Years – guidance for new ELC Managers

Learning and Development Framework 0 to 5 Years – guidance and templates for download from the Argyll & Bute LAD Framework 0 – 5 years

Local and National Early Years Documents – a range of local and national documents for all ELC providers

Pre-Birth To Three Information – document and associated resources

Primary One Transition – using the LAD Framework to support effective transition into Primary One

Professional Development – information on Professional Development for all practitioners and access to local and national CPD opportunities

Psychology of Parenting Programme (POPP)

Realising the Ambition: Being Me (National Practice Guidance for Early Years in Scotland)

Self Evaluation – a range of documents to support effective self evaluation including HGIOELC and the Argyll and Bute National Care Standards Checklist

Two Year Old Provision

Useful Early Years Links

Early Years Conference – Self-Evaluation; We are on a Journey – Wednesday 2nd November 2016 – Presentations available to download

Anne Paterson (Chair) | Kathleen Johnston (Learning and Development) | Kirsten Paterson (Tarbert) | Port Charlotte | Self Evaluation; Colgrain, Dalintober and Riverside Rascals | Stuart MacKenzie (Care Commission) | Xenia Dennison (Talking Up to Tiny Tots)

Argyll & Bute CYPIC – Quality Improvement Throughout the Early Years of a Child (Pre-birth to 5 years – Thursday 3rd November 2016 – Presentations available to download

Diane Murray (Scottish Government) | Hans Hartung (NHS Ayr and Arran) | Kirsten Paterson (Tarbert) | Susan Hannah (Scottish Government) | Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) Presentation | Argyll & Bute Family Pathway (Nov 2016)