Children greatly enjoy and benefit from playing and sharing their learning with other children. Early childhood centres and funded providers have qualified and experienced staff who organise a stimulating programme of educational activities and offer security and care to children.
Evidence suggests that high quality early learning and childcare can make a significant impact on the critical years of a child’s development. There is also strong evidence base to indicate that high quality early learning and childcare contributes to positive outcomes for children.
Services registered in accordance with the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 are inspected by the Care Inspectorate. Centres are also included in a joint inspection programme undertaken by the Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland.
A report is published after each inspection which highlights good practice and identifies areas for improvement.
You can ask to see a copy of the report when you visit a nursery/centre or you can access it on the HMIE website.
All centres and funded providers use the self-evaluation document Child at the Centre and the national care standards for early education and childcare to promote continuous improvement.
Early learning and childcare in East Ayrshire is directly provided by the local authority and funded providers in the voluntary and private sector.