Early years

What Matters to Us

A national conference for final year HN students destined for a career in social care and early years and for staff in these subject areas.

Distributed leadership in early years and childcare

ESSS Outline

Explores distributed approaches to leadership in the context of childcare and early years settings. It provides some background to Scottish policy priorities and principles of leadership and distributed approaches.

The Dads' Group

This is Where it Starts

This case study is part of This is Where it Starts, a collection of eight case studies on work with children and parents in early years. Case study five.


The Douglas Family Support Centre in Dundee provides a variety of services to children and their families. These services may include assessment, contact, developmental and educational work, and work with parents to support them in their parenting role.

Castlemilk Family Learning Centre

This is where it starts

Castlemilk Family Learning Centre provides care and education to children from birth to five years old (pre-school) and has capacity for 74 full time places. It is open 52 weeks a year.

Midlothian Sure Start

This is where it starts

Midlothian Sure Start, a third sector organisation which aims to give young children (from pre-birth to 11 years) the best possible start. A range of services are provided through six centres and on an outreach basis within the semi-rural community. Project users including families with young children are provided with holistic support.

Corsehill Nursery

This is where it starts

Corsehill Nursery, part of Corsehill Primary School in Kilwinning. The school already provided a nursery for children from three to five years old. In 2007 North Ayrshire Council used funding from Scottish Government to pilot a project within the school to provide care for vulnerable children under three.