Tag: Early Learning and Child Care

Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award iDEA – mini course3rd Feb, 4pm shared from DigiLearnScot

The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA is helping people of all ages develop digital and enterprise skills, discover new talents and gain digital confidence, for free.

There are over 80 bite-sized modules available to try on iDEA which have been created with industry experts and innovative employers. iDEA enables learners to showcase their skills as they earn digital badges, certificates and Awards which can be added to LinkedIn profiles, CVs and applications to help them stand out from the crowd.

This is your opportunity to find out more about how iDEA works straight from the iDEA team and Mr Pyott, Principal Teacher of Computing Science at Grove Academy, Dundee.

Click here to book your place.

Education Scotland extend coaching offer to educational staff

We are delighted to announce that Education Scotland are offering an extension to the workforce support package offer to include group coaching sessions to support health and wellbeing.

Education Scotland coaching offer to support staff health and wellbeing 

One to one coaching sessions have been offered to the education profession since 2020 as part of the workforce support package funded by the Scottish Government to help practitioners in navigating the challenges caused by Covid-19. This offer has now been extended to include five additional group coaching sessions and a ‘Supporting the Supports’ group to ensure practitioners and local authority staff who are supporting others do not face isolation in the challenges of their role.

Please share this information with your network and if you have any questions about this then please don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact form below:.


Our December FVWL RIC/Education Scotland SWAY Newsletter

FVWL RIC /ES December SWAY Newsletter

Just a reminder of our equity themed December SWAY Newsletter which showcases some of the amazing work going on across our Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative (FVWLRIC). You can see the work across our FVWLRIC workstreams, locally and nationally. This is #OurRIC so please get in touch if you would like more information, have any suggestions or if there is something you would like to share for upcoming February newsletter.


CLPL Digital Futures: using our digital past to shape the digital future.

Forth Valley and West Lothian RIC are offering a programme of webinars, exploring the digital experiences of teachers in the past two years and how these can inform future classroom practice. Please sign up using CPD Manager and the course IDs below. These webinars are being hosted on our FVWL RIC CLPL Sessions Microsoft Teams. The join code for this team is: z8jtl30

The programme is being supported by the Education Scotland regional improvement team. A short-life professional learning community will provide the opportunity for information sharing and collaboration.


January 25th, 4-5 pm. Our Digital Experience 2020/21. CPD Manager course ID: 77631. Course Ref: RICVL01

By the end of the session practitioners will be able to: describe how digital approaches were employed in different contexts; understand what the evidence tells us about the impact of such approaches; identify which approaches could be retained and built upon to further enhance teaching and learning. There will be a panel of practitioners to share their experience and participate in professional dialogue.


February 22nd, 4-5 pm. The National eLearning Offer. CPD Manager course ID: 77632. Course Ref: RICVL02

By the end of the session practitioners will be able to: describe the components of the offer and how they can access its different elements to support teaching and learning; understand how they might provide content for the offer; suggest how they would like to see the offer develop. There will be representatives from Education Scotland, e-Sgoil and West OS participating in this webinar.


March 29th, 4-5 pm. Embedding Digital Change. CPD Manager course ID: 776313 Course Ref: RICVL03

By the end of the session practitioners will be able to: describe a range of frameworks that are commonly used to implement and evaluate digital practices; understand the barriers and enablers to successful digital implementation; identify digital approaches that may want to develop in their own school context and where to seek support for this.


Links to CPD Manager

Clackmannanshire CPD Manager

Falkirk CPD Manager

Stirling CPD Manager

West Lothian CPD Manager



Professional Learning Video resources at your fingertips


The Education Scotland Professional Learning and Leadership Team recognise that educators, particularly now, are extremely busy and are likely to be engaging with professional learning in a different way.

They wanted to provide a library of previously recorded seminars and sessions, categorised by theme, to allow you to access professional learning at a time that best suits you.

Some of the themes discussed in these recordings will be expanded upon in their online professional learning activities that you may wish to explore. The themes are:

This library will continue to be updated and added to throughout 2022.

Click here to access the collection of recorded webinars and professional learning sessions led or supported by the Education Scotland Professional Learning and Leadership Team or on the clickable themes above.

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.


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.