Scotland unveils early years framework

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A new early years framework for Scotland unveiled this week puts a focus on the first three years of a child's life.

The Early Years Framework, launched by the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), is intended to strengthen universal early years services, support parents to help their children and help themselves and encourage communities to support young children and families.

It is part of a wider package of measures to be announced tomorrow in the 'Equally Well' implementation plan aimed at tackling poverty and health inequalities.

Scotland's children's minister Adam Ingram launched the Early Years Framework at Greendykes Child and Family Centre in Edinburgh, which has just received one of the best-ever inspection reports for its early years provision.

Mr Ingram said, 'Helping Scotland's young people fulfil their potential is at the centre of what this government wants to achieve, and we know that the early years represent a golden opportunity, when positive action can have the biggest influence on a person's life. All children deserve the best start, but this approach will have a particular impact on cycles of disadvantage like poverty, poor health and lack of opportunity which until now have held back too many Scots.'

Read the full story in the 18 December issue of Nursery World.

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