Our ambition:

To make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up for all babies, children, mothers, fathers and families.


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Independent review of early learning and childcare and out of school care

Professor Iram Siraj is chairing a review of the childcare workforce – the consultation seeks the views of individuals and organisations with an interest in this area.
Find out more about the review and consultation

Childcare and children’s intellectual outcomes paper

This Scottish Government research paper shows that high quality early childhood education helps improve performance in school, including in secondary school.
Read the Childcare and children's intellectual outcomes paper

GUS Evidence Briefing for Early Years - Reducing Infant Mortalities

Growing Up in Scotland (GUS) is a Scottish Government funded large-scale longitudinal research project which is tracking the lives of children, right across Scotland, from the early years through childhood and beyond. This briefing on reducing infant mortalities is based on a webinar presentation delivered to those involved in the Early Years Collaborative workstream one.
Read the GUS Evidence Briefing for Early Years - Reducing Infant Mortalities

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Delivering the Early Years Framework

Bringing together all those involved in the lives of babies and children from birth onwards to ensure there are positive opportunities for children to get the start in life that will give them a strong platform for healthy growth, development and attainment.

Delivering the Early Years Framework

  • Early Years Taskforce

    The Early Years Taskforce oversees the delivery of the Early Years Framework

  • Delivery

    The Early Years Framework provides the context for the Early Years Change Programme

  • Workforce review

    An independent review on Early Learning and Childcare Workforce and Out of school Care Workforce