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
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 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
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 Inspectorate have produced My World Outdoors with the aim of making a positive contribution to the further development of outdoor play as part of all early learning and childcare in Scotland. Falkirk Council expect all it’s early years and childcare centres and practitioners to be providing high quality experiences in the outdoors and to be using this resource to understand Care Inspectorate expectations regarding risk-benefit assessment processes. This resource should also be used to look outwards at the examples of good practice provided in this resource and to use these as a basis of reflection on the quality of outdoor play experiences practitioners provide in their own setting.
My World Outdoors
Please refer to the following website to ensure that the CookSafe procedures in your establishment are up to date.
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 in the social care and social work sectors through the use and sharing of intelligence and research-led practice.
Accessible to all, the Hub provides a central point of access to a wide range of features, including:
- A library of good practice guidance
- Information on the latest developments in policy and legislation
- Video based examples of innovative practice
- Guidance to help users carry out their own research
- Toolkits and resources aimed at supporting improvement
The Hub also supports a number of the Care Inspectorate’s purposes, including:
- Acting as a catalyst for change and innovation
- Supporting improvement and signposting good practice
Click here for the link to The Hub