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Early Years

Early Years

  • Scottish Family Information Service
    • This service provides a range of information on childcare services including
      • childminders
      • nurseries
      • parent and toddler groups
      • out of school care

"It is during our very earliest years and even pre-birth that a large part of the pattern for our future adult life is set".

Source: Early Years Framework

National Context

The Scottish Government launched the Early Years Framework in 2008 and published an update on progress in January 2011: Early Years Framework - Progress So Far. These documents set out the commitment to giving all children the best possible start in life.

The Early Years Collaborative, now know as the Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative was launched with the objective of accelerating the conversion of the high level principles set out in GIRFEC and the Early Years Framework into practical action. 

A National Parenting Strategy was launched in October 2012. The Scottish Government's aspiration is for Scotland to be the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up. The National parenting Strategy seeks to turn this aspiration into practical action - by championing the importance of parenting, by strengthening the support on offer to parents and by making it easier for them to access this support.

Local Context

In December 2011 Clackmannanshire Council approved a Children & Young Person's Integrated Services Plan and the Early Years Framework Implementation Plan. Progress on the plan is reported annually to committee.

Books for Babies

The Clackmannanshire Books for Babies project focuses on raising attainment levels in reading in children starting school.

Childcare Tax Credit and welfare reform

For information and application details on tax credits, please visit the Inland Revenue website.

Significant changes are on the way for those customers of the Council who claim certain welfare benefits. The major changes are summarised in our Welfare Reforms page.

For Further Information Contact

Child Care Services
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 225000 / 450000 Fax: 01259 452440