Category: Early Learning and Child Care

Achieving high quality interactions through collaborative practice in Early Years: the impact on children’s language development

Wednesday 12th May 4pm – 5pm
Sign up via CPD Manager

This session presented by FV Speech and Language Therapy will address the prevalence and impact of communication difficulties in Early years. We will look at:

  • the size of the problem and the impact on children and young people
  • adult /child interaction and language building
  • play-based, child-centred strategies that support language development
  • Clackmannanshire LIFT project – an overview of the SAC LIFT project in the ‘wee county’ and the impact on
    children and young people

Collaborative Literacy: Early Years

4th May 2021 at 3:30pm

We look forward to welcoming you to our third ‘Early Years Exchange’ event for Early Years practitioners in our series of Literacy focussed sessions providing the opportunity for FVWL colleagues to share good practice and build a collaborative network.
In this session we will hear from two colleagues on how they have helped develop Literacy through considering the impact of their role and working with families.

My role as EEL in promoting literacy in ELC -not the icing on the cake but part of the mix.
Through sharing my experience of my evolving role as EEL I plan to explore some of the commonly used words and phrases used to describe my role and discover what they actually mean in practical terms in the playroom and what impact they have in helping to develop children’s Literacy skills.

Literacy Together
Closing the literacy attainment gap through partnerships, supporting families through language workshops and rhyme time challenges. Working closely with Speech and language therapists to improve environments and educator’s understanding of how to support communication. Enabling connections that help all children reach their full potential.

Join us either via CPD Manager or by emailing RIC Literacy PT Chiara Sportelli:

Collaborative Literacy: Early Years

16th March 2021 at 3pm

We look forward to welcoming you to our first ‘Early Years Exchange’ event for Early Years practitioners which will kick off a series of Literacy focussed sessions providing the opportunity for FVWL colleagues to share good practice and build a collaborative network.
In this session we will hear from two colleagues on how they have helped develop Literacy outdoors and build a culture promoting reading for enjoyment.
Literacy Outdoors: Reading areas are not all about cosy cushions, ivy and fairy lights. Sometimes they are repurposed tyres, swaying grass and a big dose of fresh air!
Building a Reading Culture: Developing children’s early literacy skills through play-based learning, combining practitioners’ knowledge and understanding with fun-filled family engagement.

Join us either via CPD Manager or by emailing RIC Literacy PT Chiara Sportelli:

FV&WL RIC Workstream Plans 2019-2020

We have set out our vision and priorities. In this document workstreams provide a detailed overview of their aims, priorities and plans set out in short, medium and long term timescales for implementation.


FV&WL RIC Workstream plans 2019-2020


The underpinning workstreams are Improving Performance, and Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL), which support the work of the core priority work streams: Numeracy, Literacy and Early Learning and Child Care (ELC). New workstreams have also been introduced this session: Health and Wellbeing (HWB), and Curriculum including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

We work in close partnership with colleagues in Community Learning and Development (whose plan is included in this document) and the RIC Educational Psychology team who are supporting the CLPL plan. The
RIC Education Scotland team have worked collaboratively with the RIC Strategic Board and the Connect workstream leads to develop an offer of support that ties with local authority and national plans.


ELC Inclusion fund

The fourth round of the Scottish Government’s Early Learning & Childcare Inclusion Fund is open to applications.

The ELC Inclusion Fund provides funding to ELC settings to support children with additional support needs (ASN) in Scotland access their funded ELC entitlement. It funds staff working in ELC settings to receive appropriate training and fund resources, equipment and adaptations.

The ELC Inclusion Fund is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Children in Scotland.

Prof Ferres Laevers comes to the Forth Valley and West Lothian RIC

The FVWL RIC are very proud to present…

Early Childhood Education – Where Life Takes Shape with Prof Ferres Laevers

5th November 2019 in Albert Halls, Stirling

Target audience: practitioners working with children 3-6 years

Details about how to sign up will be shared in September. 200 places will be available in total and will be open to Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Stirling and West Lothian. In the spirit of collaboration and building strong future partnerships we are also offering seats to our cousins from other regions. If you are interested in attending and you come from a different region please make contact with your collaborative.

Participants should be prepared to share the learning from this course with colleagues who are unable to attend. Waiting lists are not open yet so hold your horses but watch this space!

We are also hoping to live stream the event through our new YouTube channel which is under development as we speak.


2.3 Learning, Teaching and Assessment

3.1 Wellbeing

3.2 Securing Children’s Progress


Participants will:
• Explore the emotional needs of young and how these are best met within an enabling environment.
• Learn how to identify children’s learning behaviours: curiosity, exploration, investigation, problem solve and to think creatively.
• Examine the features of high quality play to allow deep level learning to take place.
• Work with the Leuven Scales as a means of measuring quality.


A full-day conference comprising 7 parts including: environments; power of experiential adult style; monitoring quality

Prof Ferre Lavers and Julie Moon will provide direct teaching with aspects of group work and tasks.

Course summary

Lunch will be provided

Parking is limited so please consider a car pool

Space to Grow indoor/outdoor

The Care Inspectorate has developed this improvement support
resource on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is important to try
and ensure that providers and other stakeholders understand the criteria
of an indoor/outdoor setting to help with expansion plans and for those
who are looking to make improvements in their setting. The resource is
a tool to be used in conjunction with Space to Grow, Out to Play, My
World Outdoors and the Practice Note: Early Learning and Childcare:
Delivering High Quality Play and Learning Environments Outdoors


Loose Parts Play Toolkit updated 2019

Toolkit aims
The Toolkit aims are to:
• increase the number of children and teenagers
with access to loose parts play as part of their
daily lives
• increase adults’ confidence in introducing loose
parts play within play, early learning and childcare,
education, care, health, environmental and
community settings
• raise awareness of the value of loose parts to
children’s play
• provide practical guidance about loose parts play
to those who work with children and young people
of all ages


Scottish Early Childhood and Families Transitions Statement

The Scottish Children and Families Transitions Position Statement recognises the value of working together with children and their families, positive relationships, positive continuity, learning, play and wellbeing.​ It seeks to inform and support the further development of local policy and transitions practice. This approach acknowledges that each learning community, setting and school will be working from a different starting point in their improvement journey.