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June 2016
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Childminders in Orkney to provide funded ELC
Childminders in Orkney are being invited to work in partnership with Orkney Council to provide the 600 hours of funded Early Learning and Childcare.
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Active Healthy Kids Scotland publish second 'state of the nation' report card
Active Healthy Kids Scotland has published a second ‘state of the nation’ report card on the physical activity and health of Scottish children and adolescents. The report card is an accurate, critical, current, and comprehensive assessment of the physical activity and health of Scottish children and adolescents.
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Scottish Government publishes an analysis of responses to the Early Learning and Childcare Programme of Trials
An analysis of responses to the Early Learning & Childcare Programme of Trials - Analysis of Responses to Scottish Government Discussion Paper has now been published.
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Audit Scotland is exploring early learning and childcare
Audit Scotland, the public spending watchdog, has launched a survey to gather the views of childminders, parents and carers of children eligible for funded early learning and childcare.
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Where next? Shaping the future of childminding
Mark McDonald MSP, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, is to deliver the welcome address at the forthcoming SCMA Annual conference which is scheduled to take place at the Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline on Saturday 1 October 2016.
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Free Child-Led Participation Guide for SCMA Members
SCMA has been working with the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS) and the University of Stirling on the production of two very special publications: Child-Led Participation: a Childminders Guide and an Activity Leaflet.
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Perth Childminders host ‘Picnic in the Park’
Perthshire Childminding Group is hosting their first ever ‘Picnic in the Park’ next Wednesday, inviting childminders to come along for a morning of fun!
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Parents mesmerised by mobiles put children in danger
New research from the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) shows how mobiles are putting children at risk of serious accidents. 1 in 4 parents (24%) admit their child has had an accident or near miss when they’ve been engrossed in their mobile phone. The findings have been released to highlight Child Safety Week (6-12 June), a national awareness campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust.
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All pregnant women to receive vitamins from the Scottish Government
All pregnant women to receive vitamins from the Scottish Government to give all children the best possible start in life.
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Momentum is building towards new National Care Standards
It has been a busy couple of months since the overarching principles for the new National Care Standards came into effect in April. The five principles of: Dignity and respect; Compassion; Be included; Responsive care and support; and Wellbeing will help to shape the development of the new National Care Standards and will apply to all health and social care services in Scotland. The principles will help services, commissioners and scrutiny bodies in planning and designing services.
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