Education Scotland's Early Years Matters

Space and the way we use it at Cowgate Under 5’s Centre

Cowgate Under 5’s Centre in Edinburgh have created open play spaces for all ages of children to move freely indoors and out. Lynn McNair, Head of Centre, shares how staff researched the change and the benefits it has made to practice.


Attachment Theory and Practice

Overview from Elizabeth King, Principal Psychologist, South Lanarkshire Council, discusses one of the most prominent psychological theories influencing clinical interventions, teaching approaches and child-care policies.

Improving Attachment-led Practice

Children’s services staff across Aberdeen City Council develop a shared understanding of attachment-led practice. Dr Suzanne Zeedyk supports the beginning of their attachment improvement journey.

HEART in South Lanarkshire

Joanna Gray, Educational Psychologist (Probationer) and Angela Heasman, Head Teacher, share the background of the HEART (How Early Attachment Relationships support Transition) multi-agency group in South Lanarkshire.

Koala Chef

Margaret Dorrans, Manager at Bishopbriggs Childcare Centre, shares how the centre has used the Early Years Collaborative Improvement Model to encourage healthy eating and cooking at home.

Insight into the role of a Childminder

An interview with Sarah Caie - a childminder in Fetterangus, Aberdeenshire.


A few words from Maureen Mallon

An introduction to Early Years Matters 7 from Maureen Mallon, Assistant Director, Children and Families.

Building the Ambition

Liz Paterson, Professional Adviser at the Scottish Government, explains the new National Practice Guidance on Early Learning and Childcare.

Family Learning in West Dunbartonshire

Partnership working between Education Scotland and West Dunbartonshire Council has a focus on family learning. The research looks at the impact on families and communities within the local authority area.

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