Pre-Birth to Three: National guidance

The national guidance and multimedia resource, Pre-Birth to Three: Positive Outcomes for Scotland’s Children and Families, replaces Birth to Three: Supporting our Youngest Children. It was revised by Education Scotland in collaboration with key partners to support and inform practice across Scotland.

The national guidance sets out to facilitate students and staff working with and on behalf of our youngest children and their families. It includes important information on pre-birth and brain development and it reflects the principles and philosophy which underpin the Early Years Framework, Curriculum for Excellence and Building the Ambition. It highlights practical case studies and makes reference to current research to support improved evidence-based practice.

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The national guidance and the accompanying staff support materials, which include a DVD, a CD and a poster, will be relevant for all adults working with and for babies and young children. This pack is being issued to all early years establishments. The interactive online version combines all of the materials contained in the pack.

The guidance was launched on Wednesday 8 December 2010 with a statement from Adam Ingram, Scottish Government Minister for Children and Early Years.

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