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Pre-birth to Three Guidance

Positive Outcomes for Scotland’s Children and Families is a document introduced by the Scottish Office, in association with Learning and Teaching Scotland to provide national guidance for all those whose work involves caring for babies and young children. The four key principles of Pre-Birth to Three are:

  • Rights of the Child
  • Relationships
  • Responsive Care
  • Respect

Our nursery staff work very closely with the Pre-Birth to Three document to provide the quality experiences children under 3 years old need: from feeding, cuddles and nappy changing to sensory experiences, story telling, outdoor play and music.
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The Curriculum for Excellence was introduced by the Scottish Office in partnership with Learning and Teaching Scotland, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and HM Inspectorate of Education and aims to provide a coherent, flexible and enriched curriculum for all children from 3 to 18 years old. The curriculum aims to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland develop the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need to flourish in life, learning and work.

The 4 capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence help children become:

  • Successful Learners
  • Confident Individuals
  • Responsible Citizens
  • Effective Contributors

There are 8 curriculum areas which all contribute to the 4 capacities above:

  • Expressive Arts
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Religious and Moral Education
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
  • Technologies

The curriculum is not timetabled or structured; our staff plan quality activities and experiences and ensure your child has access to good quality resources to meet their learning needs, whilst considering the 4 capacities and 8 curricular areas above.

The focus of the curriculum for excellence is on literacy, numeracy and health and well-being which is embedded throughout all activities and experiences the children participate in.

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GIRFEC is the national approach in Scotland to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of our children and young people by offering the right help at the right time from the right people.  It supports them and their parent(s) to work in partnership with the services that can help them. 

GIRFEC means:

  • You understand what is happening and why.
  • You have been listened to carefully and your wishes have been heard, understood and taken into consideration.
  • You feel confident about the help you are getting.
  • You are appropriately involved in discussions and decisions that affect you.
  • You can rely on appropriate help being available as soon as possible.
  • You experience a more straightforward and co-ordinated response from the people working with you.

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Find information and resources to help you support your child's learning from their earliest years to beyond school at the following link: