New Maternal & Early Years newsletter

The following e – newsletter has been put together by Health Scotland and you can subscribe to it by visiting the Health Scotland website

Welcome to the Maternal and Early Years Newsletter

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In this month’s edition:

Early years workforce website launched

A new website for all professionals working on the national early years agenda was launched this month by NHS Health Scotland. is the first website of its kind in Scotland.  Containing a wealth of specialist information, the site is a one-stop shop for Scotland’s early years workforce.

To read the full article please visit the Maternal and Early Years website.

Children and Young People Alert September 2010

The September alert from NHS Health Scotland contains the latest research in the field of children and young people.

Download the report [137KB]

National Early Years Conference 2010

The National Early Years Conference was held on the 5 and 6 October 2010.  The event was well attended by professionals from health, local authority and the community and voluntary sectors.

Visit the Maternal and Early Years website to see presentation materials or watch video footage of the speakers online.  

HandsOnScotland website

HandsOnScotland is an online resource for anybody working with or caring for children and young people. The website provides practical information on how to respond helpfully to troubling behaviour, and offers advice on helping children and young people to flourish.
Visit the HandsOnScotland website.

Early Years Framework data and indicators

The Early Years Framework data and indicators group was brought together in July 2009 to take forward the development of a meaningful, manageable and robust set of indicators against which progress towards national and local early years outcomes can be assessed. 

The group produced a report setting out the background and methodology of the work, an outcomes framework around the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) wellbeing themes, and a list of indicators.

Visit the Maternal and Early Years website to read the full article.

What is known about maternal and infant nutrition in Scotland? 

This review was written to inform the Scottish Government’s strategy to improve maternal and infant nutrition. The report also describes the main patterns and trends in maternal and infant nutrition.

Download the Report [1.6MB]

New from Growing Up in Scotland (GUS) – briefing on child health and support

Growing Up in Scotland is an ongoing research study following the lives of thousands of children and their families from birth through to the teenage years. Participating families have been visited once a year until their child is nearly 6 to collect information about every aspect of growing up.

The new briefing ‘What parents say about children’s health and professional support’, summarises these findings in an easy access four page document.

Download the briefing [448KB]

Visit the Growing up in Scotland website for more information.

Parenting Across Scotland – MORI poll: What Scottish parents tell us

Ipsos MORI was commissioned by Parenting Across Scotland to undertake a national
survey of 1,000 parents. The survey focused on respondents’ experiences of bringing
up children.

Download the report [361KB]


Changing Childhoods: Dynamic Approaches to Change in the Early Years 

Saturday 13 November 10.00am – 14.30pm
Thistle Hotel, Glasgow

This conference will give the early years community the chance to explore inspirational themes:

• how are childhoods changing?
• how should we respond to these changes? 
• how can we ensure that Curriculum for Excellence and the Early Years framework provide Scotland’s children with a positive start?

For more information visit the Learning and Teaching Scotland website.

 Thursday 2 December 2010 Hilton Grosvenor, Glasgow

This conference will focus on drug and alcohol misuse in families and its impact on education. The conference will be of interest to anyone working with children and young people who are affected by drug or alcohol misuse.

 Download the registration form [104KB]

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Conference – a knowledge update 

Friday 5 November 2010 Teacher Building, Glasgow

The second annual conference on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) organised by the University of Glasgow. This year’s programme covers a range of topics on ADHD, with leading experts who will update your knowledge and share good practice.

Download the flyer and registration form [150KB]


Childcare and Tax Credits

Monday 22 November 2010 94 Duke Street, Glasgow

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland is running a special half day course on childcare and tax credits.

This training is aimed at anyone working in childcare information or provision and will cover:

• who can claim tax credits
• how tax credits can help with childcare costs
• some of the pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Places are available at a specially discounted rate of £25 per person.

Visit the Child Poverty Action Group website for more information
Impact of Parental Substance Misuse on Children’s Educational Attainment

This conference will focus on drug and alcohol misuse in families and its impact on education. The conference will be of interest to anyone working with children and young people who are affected by drug or alcohol misuse.

 Download the registration form [104KB]