Blog Library

A Pedagogue Ponders by Donna Green

May 23, 2022

I am going to begin by ‘pondering’ over the privilege of having a lead Froebelian role within Froebel in Falkirk. However, for me I am… Read more

High Quality Maths and Numeracy Gatherings.

May 9, 2022

This week our Blog follows on from High Quality Literacy Gatherings by Frances McMahon and looks at how we can explore maths and numeracy through… Read more

Artist of the Moment – Denny ELC

May 2, 2022

My name is Adele McIntosh, I am an Early Years Officer at Denny PS ELC and I have worked here for almost three years. At… Read more

A Pedagogue Ponders by Louise Harrison

April 21, 2022

Hi, I’m Louise Harrison, one of Falkirk Council’s team of Pedagogues, and I’m currently based with the fantastic team of practitioners in Bowhouse ELC.  I… Read more

High Quality Literacy Gatherings by Frances McMahon

March 31, 2022

There is already lots of great early literacy experiences taking place within our ELC’s every day. The high-quality spaces, interactions and experiences created by practitioners… Read more

A Pedagogue Ponders by Lisa Boa

March 22, 2022

  Hi, my name is Lisa Boa and I have been an Early Years Pedagogue with Falkirk Council since April 2020. In August 2021, I… Read more

A Pedagogue Ponders by Elaine Haughton

January 28, 2022

Hello! I am Elaine Haughton and this session I have been supporting Victoria ELC with their improvement journey. Priorities for my improvement work link to… Read more

A Pedagogue Ponders by Claudette Wright

January 21, 2022

H, I am Claudette Wright, I am an Early Years Pedagogue (Equity Data Coach). I have recently completed my Scottish Improvement Leader Programme. This has… Read more

The importance of high quality gatherings

January 10, 2022

Over the last while there has been a bit of a misconception over the ‘value’ or ‘place’ of ‘group times’ within settings.  Some staff have… Read more

Our Marvellous Meals Journey at Myot View ELCC

December 17, 2021

What an adventure we have had promoting Marvellous Meals throughout our nursery. Over the past year, COVID-19 has put us all through the ringer and… Read more

Grangemouth Cluster Guest Blog- Beancross ELC Class

December 10, 2021

Our Journey to 1,140 At Beancross ELC Class, the implementation of 1,140 hours has made a huge impact in our nursery. We have been implementing… Read more

Natural Numeracy

December 3, 2021

Falkirk Council Early Years Central Team have created a self-led CLPL opportunity for settings to develop their understanding of Natural Numeracy. Accessed via the Glow… Read more

New Resource – Falkirk Early Level Self-Evaluation Audit Tool:Spaces

November 26, 2021

‘Physical spaces, both outside and indoors, should be constantly reviewed to incorporate a wide range of responsive, familiar, and exciting new play opportunities. (Realising the… Read more

Playful Writing in the Early Years by Frances McMahon

November 22, 2021

I am particularly passionate about writing through play, so much so that my dissertation for my MEd is on playful writing and how it can… Read more

A Pedagogue Ponders; by Ashley Cupples

November 12, 2021

My name is Ashley Cupples and I am one of the Early Years Pedagogues within Falkirk. Since beginning this role in August 2018 myself and… Read more

Play is the Way – Let’s talk about literacy!

November 2, 2021

In Falkirk, we know that play really is the way for our young children.  By providing lots of opportunities for free play in high quality… Read more

Self Evaluation for Self-improvement?

October 29, 2021

Working over the last two years with so many different settings and practitioners across the authority has shown that there is a real commitment and… Read more

A Pedagogue Ponders by Cheryl Brisbane

October 21, 2021

My name is Cheryl Brisbane and I am an Early Years Pedagogue based in Carmuirs ELC. I would like to take this opportunity to share… Read more

Share your Story: Cluster Guest Blogs

October 8, 2021

I think we would all agree that term 1 has flashed us by and before we know it, the October Break is upon us. It… Read more

Supporting Children with Potential ASN in Early Years

October 1, 2021

Have you signed up yet for the ASN training “Supporting children with potential ASN in Early Years” which will be held on the inset day… Read more

NEW Blether Sessions

September 24, 2021

We are super excited to expand on our very popular ‘Blether sessions’ with the introduction of our new informative ’30 minute updates’ and ‘QI bite… Read more

A Pedagogue Ponders by Yvonne Robinson

September 17, 2021

Hi I’m Yvonne Robinson.  I work within the Early Years Pedagogue Team. I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of my project… Read more

CLPL Opportunities 2021/22

September 10, 2021

We cannot believe we are half way through Term 1 already this year #FabFalkirkFolk!  Our team are finding it so wonderful and beneficial getting back… Read more

Play is the Way- tips and advice for those new to play pedagogy 2

August 20, 2021

Check out the second of our our blogs for anyone starting out with play pedagogy for the first time, from those who’ve been there before. … Read more

Play is the Way- tips and advice for those new to play pedagogy

August 18, 2021

  My name is Rachel Keane and I have been teaching within Falkirk Council for 8 years. For the past five years I have taught… Read more

Play is the Way 2020-2021 Update

June 23, 2021

As we approach the end of a another school year the time has come to look back and reflect on our successes and plans for… Read more

Marvellous Mealtimes

June 21, 2021

As most of you begin to get ready for the 21-22 session, I am sure Marvellous Mealtimes will be one of the approaches at the… Read more

Virtual Nature School at Dunipace ELC Class

June 1, 2021

Over the space of six weeks, Dunipace nursery have been taking part in Claire Warden’s ‘Virtual Nature Schools training’ Cohort 3. The course is completed… Read more

Harnessing Hygge in the Early Years

May 24, 2021

Hi everyone, my name is Paula Buist and I’m the SEYO at Stenhousemuir Primary. I’m really happy to have been asked to share some information… Read more

A Pedagogue Ponders…

April 1, 2021

A Pedagogue Ponders… Hello! Some of you may already know me and for others I may be a relatively new face. I have recently just… Read more

Family Songs at Home

March 22, 2021

#Sway7 #SingatHomeFC Let’s get creative and sing into Spring with a wonderful traditional nursery rhyme, our YMI tutor Laura sings “Humpty Dumpty”. Our speech and… Read more

Family Songs at Home

March 8, 2021

#Sway6 #SingatHomeFC Let’s get creative and encourage as much singing and chatting as we can, our YMI tutors Yorick and Cameron share “Chatter on the… Read more

Family Songs at Home

February 20, 2021

#Sway5 #SingatHomeFC Team Falkirk as we welcome our children back are we ready to join in to help spread the joy and love of singing… Read more

Falkirk Families Play is the Way

February 8, 2021

How will we play today? The Falkirk early learning central team and Falkirk early years pedagogues are working to produce a series of posters to… Read more

Falkirk Family Songs at Home

January 31, 2021

#Sway4 #SingatHomeFC Team Falkirk- are we ready to join in to help spread the joy and love of singing with our ELC families #SingAtHomeFC?   … Read more

Sing at Home Sway 3

January 18, 2021

#Sway3 #SingatHomeFC Campaign! Team Falkirk- are we ready to join in to help spread the joy of singing with our #SingAtHomeFC?   As we celebrate… Read more

Falkirk Early Years Blether Sessions

January 11, 2021

  We hope you are all safe and well. Things are a little different once again but we are heartened to see teams pull together… Read more

Christmas Family Songs at Home

December 14, 2020

#Sway2 #SingatHomeFC Campaign! Team Falkirk- are we ready to join in to help spread the joy of singing with our Christmas #SingAtHomeFC? Use this link… Read more

Marvellous Moments for Marvellous Mealtimes

December 4, 2020

I can honestly say I am absolutely blown away by the commitment and focus our Falkirk practitioners have had in implementing marvellous mealtimes. Just two… Read more

Falkirk Home Bubble Sing-A-Long

November 27, 2020

Join in Falkirk with our new #SingatHomeFC Campaign! We know that singing is a valuable experience in ELC. Due to our current circumstances this won’t… Read more

Children’s Play

November 9, 2020

“Children’s play is crucial to Scotland’s wellbeing; socially, economically and environmentally. Children learn as they play and bringing more play into the school day helps… Read more

Falkirk Early Years Pedagogues

October 7, 2020

Who can believe that the last week of the first term is upon us? It has been a privilege to witness teams across Falkirk work… Read more

#ArtyMathsFalkirk – Keep Going

October 3, 2020

  After another week of celebrating all things Maths as part of Scottish Maths Week, it is important to think about what’s been achieved. First… Read more

Arty Maths – Maths Week Scotland – 28 September

September 21, 2020

  It’s Maths Week Scotland next week. Excited much????? I’ve always thought about maths and art being connected. Why? Because both disciplines are about noticing… Read more

Launch of New Materials for Falkirk’s ELC Teams

September 18, 2020

It’s the end of another busy week in Falkirk’s ELC settings and this week’s blog post is about some of the many support materials and… Read more

Marvellous Mealtimes

August 26, 2020

We began our marvellous mealtimes journey 2 years ago and what an experience it has been! It’s been fabulous to see all of our wee… Read more

Online Training Opportunities

August 18, 2020

Welcome back to all our #FalkirkWonderisers.  We are so proud to see all the amazing play and learning that has been taking place already in… Read more

*Update June 16th 2020* Supporting Transitions from Home-Early Years-P1 in 2020.

June 16, 2020

On Monday 8th June over 50 dedicated early learning and childcare and primary practitioners and leaders came together online to discuss transitions.  We aimed to… Read more

Play At Home – Success

May 18, 2020

Our #PlayAtHome week was a huge success and it’s all thanks to YOU! The level of contribution from our ELC settings and primary schools was… Read more

Falkirk Early Years Pedagogues Sharing Sessions

May 13, 2020

  It has been another interesting session for Falkirk Early Years Pedagogues this year. As we all find ourselves in strange times, each and every… Read more

Introducing #PlayAtHome Week

May 9, 2020

We want to say a huge **thank you** to our ELC and early learning colleagues and families who have supported our CS Comms #AtHome themed… Read more

Evaluation of 2019-2020 ELC Thematic Review

May 4, 2020

Calling all our #fabfalkirkfolk.  If you can spare a few minutes, please help our team evaluate the 2019-2020 ELC thematic review process by completing a short… Read more

Pre 5 ASN Outreach Service

April 30, 2020

Alice Grant from the Pre 5 ASN Outreach Service has created a Team which staff can request to join – ‘Early Years ASN Outreach Service… Read more

Realising the Ambition and Marvellous Mealtimes CLPL

April 29, 2020

Realising the Ambition Realising the Ambition support materials are now available on Glow! These materials have been adapted from the Education Scotland challenge questions that… Read more

**NEW** Team Twitter

April 8, 2020

The EY central team now has a team twitter account @fceyteam to help you find out what’s happening in the world of early learning in… Read more

Learning Together at Home

March 20, 2020

As a result of school and nursery closure we are aware that as parents you may be worried about how your children will learn over… Read more

March 6, 2020

STEM in Early Years     A new online CLPL Module focused on STEM in ELC has been launched by the University of West Scotland… Read more

March 6, 2020

Marvellous Mealtimes in Falkirk   Marvellous Mealtimes in Falkirk Marvellous Mealtimes is Falkirk’s approach to ensuring our wee people have relaxed and unhurried snack and… Read more

February 19, 2020

Creating an ‘Environment of Wonder’. St Patrick’s ELC’s journey to developing a quality environment as part of providing 1140hr provision. As a staff team, we… Read more

Block Play Guidance for Practitioners using Building the Ambition

January 17, 2020

Experiences which: Encourage the child to wait their turn with their friends, for example, having the patience to wait for a turn whilst sharing the… Read more

Come Along – Play-Based Pedagogy Sharing Practice Event

January 7, 2020

“Play is the Way! Come along to find out first-hand how Falkirk teachers and early years practitioners are using Froebelian principles and play-based pedagogy to… Read more

Save the date… ELC Inclusion Fund release

October 24, 2019

The next phase of the ELC Inclusion Fund opens for applications on 28 October. This fourth round of funding is available to support children with… Read more

Food Hygiene Refresher Course

October 24, 2019

Food Hygiene Refresher Training                                 A small reminder that all Falkirk ELC practitioners whose Elementary Food Hygiene certificate is approaching 5 years old should sign up… Read more

The Pedagogue Ponders: A team really does make the dream work…

October 22, 2019

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, without a team who feel valued, feel trusted and feel believed in, a leader has nothing.… Read more

ELC – Bake Off for Maths Week – Week Beginning 30 September

September 22, 2019

I am absolutely delighted that baking is becoming a core experience for our young children in Falkirk settings. Many of you have locked this into… Read more

CLPL Calendar

September 22, 2019

The CLPL for early learning (ELC practitioners and early stages of primary) has been sent to all settings. The calendar is presented as a powerpoint… Read more

Kym Scott – Support Materials

September 22, 2019

Over 30 Falkirk practitioners, half of the audience, attended the Power of Play by Kym Scott, which had been organised by Upstart. Kym’s passion for play-based… Read more

Resources to Support Outdoor Play and Learning

July 23, 2019

National Guidance to support high quality Outdoor Play and Learning Outdoor Play and Learning is a key priority in our Early Learning Quality Strategy. There… Read more

New Loose Parts Toolkit 2019 Edition

July 16, 2019

I know many of you have been keenly awaiting the publication of the Loose Parts Toolkit 2019. Find it here I am especially pleased… Read more

NEW – ELC Materials on National Improvement Hub in one place

July 11, 2019

All ELC support materials are now situated in one place on the National Improvement Hub. Education Scotland have responded to feedback from users who said… Read more

Blog Refresh

July 11, 2019

Welcome to our refreshed Early Learning Blog. For those of you who are frequent visitors to the Blog, I hope you are pleased with the… Read more

Workforce Development and Quality Strategy 2017-2020

July 11, 2019

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Block Play – Block Building in the Early Years

July 10, 2019

** This learning resource is available on the National Improvement Hub In Falkirk we can use this resource to support reflective practice and to challenge our thinking as… Read more

New SSSC Learning Resources to Support Early Learning Workforce

July 7, 2019

The SSSC has launched new learning resources to support early learning and childcare workers The free digital resources can support our Falkirk’s EYC staff in continuing to develop… Read more

Falkirk’s Early Learning CLPL – Our 2019/20 Offer

May 22, 2019

Regular engagement in high quality makes the difference between good and great professionals. Our 2019/20 CLPL programme aims to support our educators to deliver the very… Read more

Guidance on Nappy Changing Facilities for Early Learning and Childcare Services – June 2018

July 30, 2018

In our Falkirk nurseries,  when practitioners are caring for young children who use nappies, they must have appropriate facilities. These facilities must provide children with a safe,… Read more

Bringing More Play into the School Day

June 25, 2018

Play Scotland have created a new toolkit “Play is key to raising attainment” Scottish Government Play Scotland Toolkit Play Scotland’s Play Types Toolkit is for… Read more

Falkirk Opens Doors to Play Conference

June 15, 2018

Play is the Way Conference for Falkirk’s Practitioners – Saturday, 2 June It was fantastic to see so many dedicated practitoners demonstrating their passion for… Read more

New Health and Social Care Standards

March 29, 2018

    The new Health and Social Care Standards have now been published and will be rolled out from April 2018. National Care Standards were… Read more

Early Learning Leadership Forum – February 2018

March 19, 2018

The second Early Learning Leadership Forum was held in Camelon Education Centre on February 5th 2018. A number of guest speakers from within and outwith the authority presented… Read more

New Support for Leaders of Early Learning in Falkirk

December 6, 2017

On December 5th 2017, we held our first Early Learning Leadership Forum in Camelon Education Centre.  This event was the first of its kind in Falkirk… Read more

Loose Parts Play

December 4, 2017

The Early Years Curriculum team are aware that many of Falkirk’s EYC settings have been or currently are focusing on developing their use loose parts… Read more

Our Creative Journey – New Resource

November 15, 2017

The Care Inspectorate has launched a new resource showing how the expressive arts can be used effectively in Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings. Our… Read more

Moderation Hub launched

November 3, 2017

  A new resource, the ‘Moderation Hub’, has been launched on Glow to provide practitioners at every level, from every sector, regardless of role and… Read more

Quality Action Plan 1140 by 2020

November 2, 2017

The Scottish Government launch  A Blueprint for 2020: The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland: Quality Action Plan Quality Action Plan 1140   Read more

Early Learning and Childcare Recruitment

October 25, 2017

A new campaign by the Scottish Government to recruit up to 11,000 people into the childcare profession is underway.   Read more

My World Outdoors

October 11, 2017

In Falkirk, we recognise that spending time outdoors and particularly in natural environments is good for all of us and especially for children. The Care… Read more

Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative

December 16, 2016

What is it? The Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC) encompasses the EYC (Early Years Collaborative) and RAfA (Raising Attainment for All) programmes. It will remain closely… Read more

Building the Ambition

November 6, 2014

All Falkirk Council early years practitioners should have a working knowledge of the Building the Ambition national practice guidance document; which was published by Scottish… Read more


August 15, 2014

Please refer to the following website to ensure that the CookSafe procedures in your establishment are up to date. Cooksafe Read more

Care Inspectorate Hub

March 20, 2014

Care Inspectorate have created an on-line support tool called The Hub. The Hub provides ‘one-stop-shop’ access to a range of resources aimed at supporting improvement… Read more