Have your say….

In order to ensure that the funded early learning and childcare entitlement is delivered in high quality settings the Scottish Government will introduce a new, and more progressive, service model in 2020. This will be built on a Funding Follows the Child approach, a key aspect of which will be a ‘National Standard’ that all providers wishing to deliver the funded entitlement will have to meet.

The Scottish Government, COSLA and local authorities have worked in partnership, through a Service Models Working Group, to develop the details of this new model. This has included engagement with providers and key stakeholders since October 2017 so that we can ensure that this new model works for everyone in the sector and helps to improve the early learning and childcare experience for our young children.

This paper sets out the Funding Follows the Child approach and seeks views on the proposed National Standard that underpins it. The National Standard sets out the clear and consistent criteria that all providers who wish to deliver the funded entitlement will have to meet from 2020.

The introduction of this new approach represents a substantial change for the early learning and childcare sector in Scotland.

We want to ensure that everyone in the sector, including families, can provide their views on the new model. We want to hear these views and that is why we are now consulting jointly with COSLA on the proposed National Standard.

Download the consultation paper.

Vision, Values and Aims

As we move into the last few weeks of the 2017/2018 session I am looking forward to the 2018/2019 session and beyond. To ensure our service remains relevant and to meet your needs I am looking to clarify our Mission Statement which currently serves as our Vision, Values and Aims. Our Mission Statement has not been properly reviewed for several years and as we now have a different set of children, parents, committee and staff, I feel that we should make time to review it and see if there are any changes required.
Vision, Values and Aims for playgroup are not perhaps things you have thought too much about but these statements describe what we are about, what we want for our children and are what makes our setting unique. Obviously there will be common elements in all early years services’ statements but our Vision, Values and Aims should be a reflection of what we as a comunity want to see in our service rather than a standard set of statements.

This is our current mission statement :Cambusbarron Playgroup sessions run during school term time from 9:15am – 12:25pm. Children aged from 2 1/2 to pre-school are welcome to attend. Cambusbarron Playgroup runs in partnership with Stirling Council and can offer funded (free) places for eligible children. A payment of £10 per session is otherwise payable.

Our Playgroup is run by an experienced and fully qualified early years professional staff team who aim to

• Create respectful, warm and inclusive environments, both in and outdoors, where children are happy and feel secure.
• Use a child centred approach to nurture and develop each child as an individual learner.
• Provide a breadth of learning experiences which challenge, interest and inspire children
• Offer a welcoming atmosphere where we build trusting relationships with families and everyone is valued.
• Be committed to work closely with our community and education partners.
• Provide a quality service with a highly trained staff team who are committed to ongoing training and improvements.

We know that parents are the most significant influence in a child’s early learning experiences. We welcome and value parental involvement in our setting.

I’d like to have a bit of a brainstorm and see what you think our Vision, Values and Aims should be. So, please email me back with your thoughts and suggestions. Alternatively you could complete the following Survey Monkey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/X8TBJSD

I’m more than happy to discuss in person and indeed it might be a good discusssion to have over food and wine at the AGM this week!

Please do give this some thought, there are no right or wrong answers, I’d just like to know what your picture of our playgroup should be. The views of people who have been using our service for several years or who are only about to start using our service are equally relevant so please dont consider that you dont know enough yet to make a contribution or that you wont be here long enough for it to make a difference. It really does!

I look forward to hearing your opinions.

Woodland Play – Day 6

Another fantastic woodland play session. We didn’t even have many midgies. The burn is sadly depleted and not much mud left but we enjoyed setting up our swing and splashing in the little bits of water we could find. Still quite a few soggy socks going home 🙂