About Early Years Scotland


Early Years Scotland is committed to providing the very best start in life for every child in Scotland. We are the leading national third sector organisation for children pre-birth to 5.

There are four main strands to the work of Early Years Scotland:

1. Delivery of services working with children and families together

Our range of Stay Play and Learn services offer a two generational, play-based approach where qualified practitioners encourage and engage with young children and their parents/ carers to reduce the disadvantage gap by strengthening and improving confidence, attachments, interactions, shared learning and attainment. Our qualified early years professional staff offer these very popular services across a variety of local community settings including schools, community and church halls, nurseries, family homes and in prisons.

2. Delivery of services for providers of Early Learning and Childcare

We offer a number of support services and membership benefits to assist a range of staff across the country who provide high quality Early Learning and Childcare in different settings. We also support parents to establish, run and improve Parent and Toddler Groups in local communities. Early Years Scotland membership benefits include a helpline, curriculum, inspection and business support, professional learning opportunities, regular magazines and bulletins, a members’ area on our website, specialist insurance and legal advice, policy templates and much more. We also offer membership to students, practitioners, colleges and universities.

3. Delivery of high quality, relevant professional learning services for the workforce

In order to respond to requests from the workforce for high quality Early Learning and Childcare professional learning, Early Years Scotland delivers a range of learning opportunities for providers of Early Learning and Childcare, colleges, universities, local authorities and many more partners. As the size of the workforce is set to almost double by 2020, Early Years Scotland has invested in establishing an expert dedicated professional learning team who design, develop and deliver affordable, accessible, relevant high quality professional learning opportunities across the country.

4. Delivery of advocacy and advisory services relating to legislation, policy and practice

We are committed to ensuring that we remain connected and fully engaged with developments, initiatives and debates on matters relating to young children across the country. As Early Years Scotland is a membership and service-delivery organisation, we have a responsibility to ensure that our children and members’ voices are represented at local and national level. A significant strand of our work therefore lies in informing, influencing, supporting and challenging early years legislation, policy and practice, to ensure Scotland’s children have the best start in life.

Underpinning all of this, Early Years Scotland engages with policymakers on a regular basis to inform and influence local and national policy. We are increasingly delivering and also developing a range of training and professional learning opportunities for the sector, and have recently launched our Professional Learning Academy.

As the number of hours of Early Learning and Childcare continues to increase, Early Years Scotland aims to ensure that quality is not compromised.

To find out more about Early Years Scotland’s suite of services, click here.

To find out more about membership of Early Years Scotland, and to join online, click here.

About Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland is Scotland's careers service. We have fully qualified, expert Careers Advisers in every state secondary school in Scotland, plus a network of careers centres in towns and cities all over the country, all dedicated to providing the help people need for the career they want. We also work with industry to deliver the very best possible outcomes for Scotland's businesses and economy.

Our careers website My World of Work, myworldofwork.co.uk, is packed full of useful advice, tools and resources to help people make the right decisions about their future. And Scotland's Apprenticeships website, apprenticeships.scot, has information on Scottish Apprenticeships, as well as a live vacancy search and application function. Our employer website, ourskillsforce.co.uk, brings together skills-related support for Scotland’s businesses.