Scotland's guidance for working with babies and under-threes is revised

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Revised guidance and a multimedia resource for Scottish practitioners working with parents from pregnancy, and with babies and children under three, is being unveiled on Wednesday.

Pre-birth to three: Positive outcomes for Scotland’s Children and Families replaces Birth to three: Supporting our youngest children and will be launched online on Learning and Teaching Scotland's Early Years website  or the Early Years Glow Group, with presentations by guest speakers on Wednesday 8 December from 10.30am -12 noon.

The new resource draws on the latest research in neuroscience and explains how children's future development is influenced in pregnancy and the first few years of life.

The DVD includes examples of best practice by those working with young children and their parents in early years settings across Scotland.

It is designed to support students and staff working with the youngest children and their families.

The new resources supports the principles and values of key Scottish government policy, including the Early Years Framework and Curriculum for Excellence.

It was designed by Learning and Teaching Scotland’s early years team, in collaboration with the Scottish government, local authorities, early years experts and academics, and NHS Scotland. The pack includes the national guidance document, DVD, CD and poster.

Children’s minister Adam Ingram said, ‘There have been major advances in recent years in what is known about how a child’s brain develops. Crucially, we know that the right support in the earliest years of life can play a key part in children’s overall health and wellbeing, attainment levels and future life chances.’

Bernard McLeary, chief executive of LTS, said, ‘More is known about the brain than ever before. All practitioners working with young children need to be aware of the importance of their role and the impact on children’s lives, both now and in the future.’

The launch was to take place at Langside College, Glasgow, and the college nursery Little Scholars.

However, due to adverse weather conditions it will now be done online.


Keynote speakers are:

  • Jean Carwood-Edwards, acting programme director at LTS
  • Emeritus Professor Aline-Wendy Dunlop, University of Strathclyde
  • Ronnie Hill, director of children’s services regulation, Care Commission
  • Professor John Frank, director, Scottish Collaboration for Health Research and Policy
  • Alan Sinclair, fellow of the Work Foundation
  •  Detective chief superintendent John Carnochan QPM, head of the Violence Reduction Unit.
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