Pre-Birth to Three: Positive Outcomes for Scotland's Children and Families


Learn about the main aims and purpose of the guidance, including how it fits with key priorities and approaches set out by the Scottish Government.

Filmed conversations

Video image of Professor Aline-Wendy Dunlop

Conversations with experts can be found throughout this resource. Here you can view them together along with background information.

Four key principles for best starts and positive outcomes

The rights of the child, relationships, responsive care and respect are the four key principles which form the basis of this guidance.

Nine features of the key principles in practice

It is suggested that these features of practice may be an effective way of supporting staff as they implement the four key principles.

References and further reading

Extend your CPD with additional publications and research papers, many of which are directly referenced throughout the resource.


Parents and carers

  • Information for parents and carers

    Leaflet and film clips to support practitioners, parents and carers in developing a shared understanding of the four key principles set out in the Pre-Birth to Three guidance.