Early learning and childcare statistics 2022

The Care Inspectorate has today published ‘Early Learning and Childcare Statistics 2022’, which shows the availability and quality of registered daycare of children and childminding services for children and families across Scotland.

This report is based on the ELC services registered with the Care Inspectorate and incorporates evaluations of the quality of these services, as well as additional information from the annual returns completed by service providers. The statistics include longer term trends as well as a focus on changes in the most recent year to 31 December 2022.

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Thank you to our young volunteers at the Care Inspectorate

The promise

I want to say a massive thank to our young volunteers, who are care experienced, and support our work at the Care Inspectorate.

We couldn't do what we do, without them! 

Our young volunteers visit children and young people’s services when we inspect and they support a range of our strategic scrutiny, improvement and participation activities, including speaking with senior managers in partnerships.

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Are you ready for the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019?

We have designed a poster for staff and managers within ELC services to raise awareness of the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019, which comes into effect on 1 April 2024.

Services can download and display the poster to support everyone to learn about the Act and work towards the guiding principles. Further details of the Act and how it will affect services in ELC, can be found on our new Hub area.

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The Promise in action

Hamlet Farm is a residential care home provided by Imagine Care, a private limited company, registered by the Care Inspectorate in July 2022. Hamlet Farm is a six-bedded new built house set in North Ayrshire and provides care for up to three children and young people aged 5-18 years. The house provides a modern comfortable home to the young people. 

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A quality framework for childcare agencies – information and survey for managers and providers

We are making changes to the way we inspect childcare agencies and we are engaging with services about our new draft quality framework for childcare agencies.

Our new childcare agencies framework sets out the elements that will help us answer the key questions about how agencies provide high quality care to children and their families and how they support their staff to achieve this.

The core of this methodology is for the framework to be used primarily a self-evaluation tool, but we will also use this on inspection.

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