Timeline: From announcement to boycott - how the Scottish Govt's flagship standardised testing policy became so controversial
Parents urged to opt-out of P1 standardised testing which experts warn could be detrimental to child wellbeing
PRESSURE ON the Scottish Government to reconsider its policy of standardised testing – initially introduced last August – has intensified after five children’s charities, a former Children’s Commissioner for Scotland and teachers’ union Education Institute of Scotland launched a campaign urging parents to withdraw P1 children from the tests.
Nationalise childcare service to meet free places ambition, campaigners say
A radical change to the early years system is needed to offer an “equal start”, Unison and Common Weal have argued
FOLLOWING THE publication of an Audit Scotland report indicating that the Scottish Government is unlikely to meet its 2020 target of doubling access to funded childcare from 15 hours to 30, public sector trade union Unison and think tank Common Weal have renewed calls for a national public sector early years service.
Children’s charities hail roll out of ‘baby box’ scheme in Scotland
Aiming to promote an equal start for all children, the box includes clothes, nappies, baby care items, a blanket, a mattress and a play mat
CHILDREN’S charities have welcomed the roll out of a ‘baby box’ scheme in Scotland which will see every child born in the country entitled to receive a collection of essential items for a newborn.
Today’s roll-out is inspired by a similar scheme which originated in Finland in 1938, and follows a three month pilot in Clackmannanshire and Orkney earlier this year.
John Davis: Nicola gets on with the day job - a bold vision for early learning and childhood
John Davis, professor of childhood inclusion at the University of Edinburgh, highlights why Nicola Sturgeon tied her speech, and her party’s future, to the expansion of early learning and care services
NICOLA STURGEON has announced that funding for early learning and care services will increase to £840 million. This announcement will be welcomed by hard pressed families.
According to the first minister, this will save families £350 a week. But, this policy impacts on our whole society, not just the families that use early learning and care services.