I know many of you have been keenly awaiting the publication of the Loose Parts Toolkit 2019. Find it here https://www.inspiringscotland.org.uk/publication/loose-parts-play-toolkit-2019-edition/
I am especially pleased to be recommending the toolkit to you due to the emphasis in the document on the role of the adult, which is one of our big priorities this session. Chapter 3 is a must read.
I’d love to read your comments about the document and would be grateful for any advice /support for others you’d like to share. Continue reading New Loose Parts Toolkit 2019 Edition
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 that materials and resources were hard to find.
Being collected in the one space within the Hub saves meaningless searches. It is also great to know the totality of materials that are available to help drive forward improvement for our wee fab Falkirk folk.
Make sure you save this link in your favourites and familiarise yourself with some great materials and resources.
Click here to spring into the ELC section of the National Improvement Hub
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 good practice within the areas of:
- Observing children
This online practice simulator allows workers to observe children at play while in different workplace settings to help them develop observation and recording skills, which play a key role in early learning and childcare.
- Child development
This app is an essential reference for early years practitioners in Scotland containing important aspects of national guidance and a mix of information and real world activities to support practice.
- Mentoring for early learning and childcare services
This app will help you implement a mentoring programme in your early learning and childcare service. We’ve designed it to help your service reach its potential and to support the continuous professional development of workers.
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, clean environment and appropriate equipment, while promoting privacy and dignity.
Appropriate nappy changing and personal care facilities are essential for the health and wellbeing of children and of staff. This guidance explains the standards when providing nappy changing or personal care facilities for young children. It is important that everyone who plans, provides or uses early learning and childcare settings is aware of the expected nappy changing facilities they must have.
Nappy Changing Guidance
Play Scotland have created a new toolkit
“Play is key to raising attainment”
Play Scotland Toolkit
Play Scotland’s Play Types Toolkit is for schools and education professionals, and others working with children in various settings.
Playing is an integral part of children’s day in many educational and childcare settings. Children play before the bell goes in the morning; at playtime and lunchtime; and after school ends. Increasingly, playing is part of class time across Scotland too. Falkirk Council staff an use this resource to help recognise the interconnections between playing, learning, growing, developing, being healthy and being happy.
Who is the Toolkit for?
The Play Types Toolkit is intended for schools and education professionals though we are sure people in other settings will also find it useful.
The aim is to highlight the range of types of play children experience, their vital contribution to learning and development, and to make integration of play into the curriculum simpler.
What do we mean by play types?
Play types can simply be described as the different behaviors we can see when children are playing.
This toolkit uses the play types from play theorist Bob Hughes’ Play Types – Speculations and Possibilities in which he explains that ‘each play type is both distinctly and subtly different from the others. It is useful to be able to recognise them since engaging in each one is a necessary conrollary for a child’s healthy development.’
The new Health and Social Care Standards have now been published and will be rolled out from April 2018.
National Care Standards were developed with people who use care services and they say what a good quality care service should be like.
Every child across Falkirk Council is entitled to high quality care and support tailored towards their particular needs and choices. These Standards are hugely important to ensure that everyone in Scotland receives the care and support that is right for them. In Falkirk, staff in nurseries should use the standards to check the quality of the service they provide for children and families.
Our nurseries should reflect:
- Be treated with dignity and respect at all times; and
- Enjoy a full range of social relationships.
- Have your privacy and property respected; and
- Be free from unnecessary intrusion.
- Make informed choices, while recognising the rights of other people to do the same; and
- Know about the range of choices.
- Feel safe and secure in all aspects of life, including health and well-being;
- Enjoy safety but not be over-protected; and
- Be free from exploitation and abuse.
- Achieve all you can;
- Make full use of the resources that are available to you;
- Make the most of your life.
Equality and diversity
Live an independent life, rich in purpose, meaning and personal fulfilment
- Be valued for your ethnic background, language, culture and faith;
- Be treated equally and be cared for in an environment which is free from bullying, harassment and discrimination; and
- Be able to complain effectively without fear of victimisation
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 as part of their provision. Inspiring Scotland have produced a toolkit which we would encourage practitioners within these settings to use to reflect on their provision of loose parts play. The Loose Parts Play toolkit was produced to support people working with children and young people across all age ranges and settings. It aims:
• To raise awareness of the value of loose parts to children’s play
• To provide practical guidance about loose parts play to those who work with children and young people of all ages
• To advocate the use of loose parts as an approach to developing play opportunities at home, school and in the community.
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 Creative Journey is aimed at promoting good practice in all types of ELC settings. The resource employs the GIRFEC wellbeing indicators to provide high quality, real-life examples of how settings’ creative use of the expressive arts have had positive results. We in Falkirk will use this resource in our own ELC settings to look outwards and then reflect on how well our own expressive arts provision impacts children and young people’s lives.
Our Creative Journey
The Scottish Government launch A Blueprint for 2020: The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland: Quality Action Plan
Quality Action Plan 1140