Key Question 5 Self-evaluation – Bitesize Sessions


A series of four short bitesize sessions to introduce and support services in completing their Key Question 5 self-evaluation have been produced by the Care Inspectorate.  They share some pointers and reminders which will support settings to think about the information and detail required to ensure they get the very best from their service self-evaluation.  The sessions have been designed to be viewed in sequence. 

In-service days – Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) opportunities

Many settings will have in-service days on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th September. This may provide time for HTs and managers to work collegiately with ELC staff. For those who have the option to undertake further professional learning, please refer to the CPL Online Process Document  which helps staff to decide on where to start and provides links to relevant training and resources.

Please remember that ELC staff should be familiar with the National Induction Resource . Although this resource was developed for people joining the ELC workforce it is relevant to all ELC staff as it aims to ensure they have the right knowledge and skills to deliver quality learning for children throughout their careers.

Recordings of Realising the Ambition bitesize, Outdoor Learning, Numeracy and Words Up Wednesday sessions can be found on the Highland Digital Schools Hub.

Next Outdoor Learning Bitesize ~ Practical Considerations

Thank you to all of the staff who attended the Outdoor Learning in Early Years introduction bitesize last Tuesday.  If you missed this and would like to watch it in your own time, you can find the recorded presentation and accompanying slides and notes on the Highland Digital Hub recordings page at the link below.
The next bitesize will take place on Wednesday the 9th of Sept from 4pm until 4.30pm.  It will focus on some of the practical considerations for taking play and learning outdoors.  Some of these include: hand washing, food provision, toileting, clothing, shelter, plus lots more. The session will be led by staff from the Early Years Education Support Officer team and will also feature input from practitioners within ELC and early primary settings.  Join with the meet link
Hope to see lots of you there! 🙂

Transitional Support Fund available to all private and voluntary or not-for-profit registered day care of children providers, not just those delivering funded early learning and childcare.

Transitional Support Fund opens to help protect from COVID-19.scottish-government

Applications are now open for funding to help childcare providers meet the extra costs of complying with public health guidance.

The Transitional Support Fund, part of £11.2 million support announced for the childcare sector, will help pay for things like increased cleaning, new or additional equipment, better outdoor spaces or adaptations to buildings.

Grants from the Transitional Support Fund will be available to all private and voluntary or not-for-profit registered day care of children providers, not just those delivering funded early learning and childcare.

Grant amounts will vary according to the size of the childcare setting and will be based on Care Inspectorate registered capacity.


You need to be registered with the Care Inspectorate as being:

  • a ‘day care of children’ service
  • a ‘Private’ or ‘Voluntary or Not For Profit’ service

This includes private, voluntary and not for profit settings delivering out of school care; childcare settings in independent schools; and outdoor day care of children settings.

You will also need to confirm that your setting has already reopened or confirm that your setting will have reopened by Monday 7 September.

You can apply to the Transitional Support Fund at Coronavirus (COVID-19): support to childcare sector.

Within the £11.2 million of support for the childcare sector there will be a further announcement about further funding for the Childminding Workforce Support Fund in the coming weeks.