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New learning resources to support Early Learning and Childcare workforce

Posted in News on Tuesday, 22 May 2018
New learning resources to support Early Learning and Childcare workforce The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has launched new learning resources to support Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) workers at a Scottish Government event in Glasgow today (Tuesday 22 May).

The free digital resources will support the workforce at a time of major expansion with recruitment of thousands of new workers to meet the Scottish Government’s commitment to increase free provision to 1,140 hours by 2020.

The new resources are:

Observing children
This online practice simulator allows workers to observe children at play while in different workplace settings to help them develop observation and recording skills, which play a key role in ELC.

Child development 
This app is an essential reference for early years practitioners in Scotland containing important aspects of national guidance and a mix of information and real world activities to support practice. 

Mentoring for Early Learning and Childcare services
This app will help settings implement a mentoring programme in their ELC service. It has been designed it to help services reach their potential and to support the continuous professional development of workers.

All of the resources are interactive and will support practitioners’ knowledge and understanding. By working through the resources they will also be able to gain Open Badges, which are a way of recognising and recording learning. 

Welcoming the new resources SSSC Interim Chief Executive Lorraine Gray said: ‘The Early Learning and Childcare workforce were one of the first groups on our Register and they embraced learning and development opportunities to form a strong sense of professional identity.

‘Our new resources will help the workforce to continue developing good practice and with an estimated 11,000 new workers being recruited by 2020 we hope they will support all of those joining the workforce too.’

Maree Todd, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, opened the Early Learning and Childcare National Learning event at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, which was chaired by Early Years Scotland Chief Executive, Jean Carwood-Edwards. Delegates from across Scotland attended the event to hear from a range of speakers and take part in workshops to support plans for ELC expansion.

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