Education

Participation in education is a key occupation for children and young people

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Education

In Scotland, children can attend nursery from an early age.  At 5 years old it is a legal requirement that they receive formal education. 

At school they learn, make friends and become more independent.

Early Learning and Childcare (ELC)

Early learning and childcare (ELC) is a generic term used to cover the full range of early education and childcare available in Scotland today. The term early learning and childcare is intended to emphasise 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.

Click here for more information from Education Scotland.

 

Why not try our interactive Moving On To Nursery questionnaire which will provide parents with activity ideas to develop some of the skills needed to join in at nursery.

Primary School

Children in Scotland usually start primary school in the August term when they are aged between four-and-a-half and five-and-a-half years old. Your child will be at primary school for seven years before progressing to secondary school.

From age three (at an early learning and childcare setting), through primary school and until the end of S3, your child will receive a rounded education. This stage of Curriculum for Excellence (Scotland's 3-18 curriculum) is called the broad general education.

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 designed to be flexible to permit careful planning for those with additional support needs, including those who have a learning difficulty and those who are particularly able or talented.

Click here for more information from Education Scotland.

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

 

Why not try our interactive Moving On To School questionnaire which will provide parents with activity ideas to develop some of the skills needed to join in at school.

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) is designed around planned experiences that build on the skills and knowledge developed during earlier stages of your child's education.

See curriculum levels for a general guide to children's progression through the broad general education. However, it is important to remember that your child will progress at their own pace - the curriculum is designed to be flexible to permit careful planning for those with additional support needs, including those who have a learning difficulty and those who are particularly able or talented.

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

Click here for more information from Education Scotland.

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

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