Annual returns 2020/21


The Annual Returns for this year have now closed.

We would like to thank everyone who completed their annual return by 28 March 2021. 


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Early Learning and Childcare Report: Our Role, Purpose and Learning during the COVID-19 pandemic


Today we are pleased to announce the publication of Early Learning and Childcare: Our Role, Purpose and Learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This sets out we adapted our support and monitoring of Scotland’s ELC settings (including childminders and out of school care), during the pandemic.  It includes real-life stories from providers across Scotland to highlight how we supported different settings as they continued to provide children with safe, engaging and stimulating care and learning experiences in difficult circumstances.  It highlights strengths that have emerged despite the challenges and identifies a number of key learnings to take forward.    


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New chapters of Out to Play guidance


In partnership with the Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland, we have published three new chapters of Out To Play. Out To Play is practical guidance to help create outdoor play experiences in childcare.


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eForms unavailable between 20:00 – 21:00


To allow for essential maintenance, our eForms system will be unavailable this evening between 20:00 – 21:00.

Please ensure you save any information within the system before this time.

We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


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Care Inspectorate report to the Scottish Parliament on inspections, 17 March 2021


The Care Inspectorate has laid before the Scottish Parliament a report of inspections it has carried out in care services in the past two weeks.  

This report covers inspections we have completed since those detailed in our previous report to Parliament on 3 March 2021.


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