Education

Going to nursery or school is a big part of every child and young person's life. You need lots of different skills to join in at nursery or school.

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Education

In Scotland there are different stages of education. Children can access early learning and childcare from a young age then move on to primary school and then secondary school.

Early Learning and Childcare (ELC)

Early learning and childcare (ELC) is a term used to describe the range of early education and childcare available in Scotland today. The term ELC emphasises that the care and education of very young children are not two separate things. Babies, toddlers and young children learn all the time from their experiences.

ELC settings are all those which offer education and childcare to children up to school age. These include settings known as family centres, nursery schools, nursery classes attached to primary schools, and childminders. ELC settings can be operated by local authorities, private businesses, voluntary sector organisations, and in the case of childminders, self-employed individuals.

 

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You can try our Moving On To Nursery questionnaire. This will give you activity ideas to develop some of the skills needed to join in at nursery.

Primary School

In Scotland children usually start primary school when they are aged between 4½ and 5½ years old. Your child will be at primary school for seven years before moving on to secondary school.

Your child will receive a rounded education at an early learning and childcare setting, through primary school and until the end of S3.

The broad general education is divided into five curriculum levels. Most children at primary school will be learning at the early, first or second level. However, this is a general guide: your child will progress at their own pace through the curriculum levels. The curriculum is flexible to allow for careful planning for those with additional support needs.

 

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For more information on the skills you need for Primary School click below

Secondary School

The secondary school curriculum has two distinct phases: the broad general education (S1-S3) and the senior phase.

The broad general education, (S1-S3) offers experiences that build on the skills and knowledge developed during primary school.

It is important to remember that your child will progress at their own pace. The curriculum is flexible to allow careful planning for those with additional support needs.

At the end of the broad general education, your child will be supported in planning a course of study through the senior phase. The senior phase provides scope for more specialised study and gaining qualifications.

 

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 Parenting Across Scotland has a downloadable booklet Top 10 Tips on Starting High School.

For more information on the skills you need for Secondary School click below

Learning at home - keeping your child happy and healthy while learning at home

The impact of COVID-19 means that our children and young people are doing some of their learning from home. Fife Council and Fife Health and Social Care Partnership therapy services (occupational therapy, speech & language therapy and physiotherapy) have worked together to produce the ‘Learning at home resource’ keeping your child happy and healthy while learning at home.' The resource supports readiness for remote learning, aiming to maximise learning potential, increase fun and reduce the stress of learning at home.

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There are a number of things to consider around participation in education: