Children have the best start in life through action with parents and children pre-birth to 8 years

Scottish Government research has shown that a failure to effectively intervene to address the complex needs of an individual in early childhood can have significant impacts later in life. Within Aberdeenshire outcomes for children compare well at a national level, however, partners are working together to ensure that all children in Aberdeenshire have the best start in life.

The Early Years Strategy Group is the lead partnership responsible for the delivery of this priority in Aberdeenshire, working to deliver the 3 year Strategic Action Plan. The plan’s aim is based on the Getting It Right For Every Child indicators and the Curriculum for Excellence four capacities.

  • Chair: John Harding, Aberdeenshire Council
  • Lead Officer: James Martin, Aberdeenshire Council

The Early Years Collaborative, Early Years Forums and local Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) groups sit underneath the Early Years Strategy Group, to deliver the actions included within the SOA.

More information on the Early Years Collaborative in Aberdeenshire can be found at: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/eps/early-years/

More information on GIRFEC in Aberdeenshire, including information for practitioners, young people, parents and carers can be found at: www.girfec-aberdeenshire.org

Some of the actions we are progressing within Aberdeenshire:

  • Children and their families have the very best introduction to lifelong learning, which supports and prepares children and their parents to develop the skills and knowledge that will allow them to become successful and resilient learners
  • Physical improvements to a broad range of local authority and partner pre-school education providers, to provide very high quality digital and physical environments
  • Every child’s life chances are maximised by providing appropriate and proportionate support to children and families when it is needed, placing a priority focus on children in their earliest years
  • Parents have the necessary support to be economically active, where appropriate and provide wider benefits to Aberdeenshire economy through the availability of high quality, flexible, accessible and sustainable early years and childcare services
  • Children who are overweight will be identified early and families supported to make the changes needed to address this.

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