Category: Early Learning and Child Care

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: sportellic14s@glow.sch.uk

Work Stream Plans 2019-2020 for the Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative

The work stream plans for 2019-2020 for the Forth Valley & West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative are available at the link below:

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The Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) has set out its vision and
priorities. In this document each work stream provides a detailed overview of its aims, priorities and plans set out in short, medium and long term timescales for implementation.

The underpinning work streams 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 work streams have also been introduced this session: Health and Well-Being (H&WB), and Curriculum including STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The RIC works 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.

https://childreninscotland.org.uk/our-work/services/early-learning-childcare-inclusion-fund/

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.

HGIOS 4 and HGIOELC QIs

2.3 Learning, Teaching and Assessment

3.1 Wellbeing

3.2 Securing Children’s Progress

Aim

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.

Content

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

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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

Loose-Parts-Play-Toolkit-2019

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.

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/self-evaluation/scottish-early-childhood-and-families-transitions-statement

National Induction Resource

This resource has been developed to support you in your induction to delivering ELC –whether that is funded ELC or ELC that families choose to purchase themselves. It has been developed specifically to support staff working in ELC centres rather than in childminding settings. It sets out how you can expect your employer to support you in your new role and includes links to the range of national resources which are available to support you. It has been developed collaboratively with the range of national organisations supporting the profession.

national induction resource