Our Childcare Curriculums

Our everyday practice is guided by the following documents, which are interlinked to support outcomes for children.

These are the new national practice guidelines, published August 2014, which support staff in providing high quality early learning and childcare.

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This is a Scottish Government document, which ensures that the wellbeing of each individual child is promoted within the nursery. Please click here to visit this.

Pre-Birth to Three: Positive Outcomes for Scotland's Children and Families is a document introduced by the Scottish Office, in association with Learning and Teaching Scotland to provide guidance for all those whose work involves caring for babies and young children.  The four key features of Birth to Three are closely linked: 

  • Rights of the Child
  • Relationships
  • Responsive Care
  • Respect

Our nursery staff work very closely with the Pre-Birth to Three document to provide the quality experiences children under 3 years old need: from feeding, cuddles and nappy changing to sensory experiences, outdoor play and music.

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Curriculum for Excellence aims to achieve a transformation in education in Scotland by providing a  coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum from 3 to 18. The Curriculum includes the quality of experiences which are planned for children and young people through their education, wherever they are being educated.

The 3-18 curriculum aims to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland develop the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need to flourish in life, learning and work. The knowledge, skills and attributes learners will develop will allow them to demonstrate four key capacities: to be successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

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We use online Learning Journals to record the children's development. Please click here for more information.

This edition of How good is our school? aims to support the growth of a culture of self-improvement across Scottish education. It builds on previous editions and continues the journey of moving Scottish education from being good overall to being great overall.

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Spending time outdoors and particularly in natural environments is good for all of us and especially for children. The Care Inspectorate recognises the benefits of accessing the great outdoors and this resource aims to make a positive contribution to the further development of outdoor play as part of early learning and childcare in Scotland.

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The Care Inspectorate is a scrutiny body which supports improvement. That means they look at the quality of care in Scotland to ensure it meets high standards.

Their vision is that everyone experiences safe, high-quality care that meets their needs, rights and choices. Read more

Education Scotland is the national body in Scotland for supporting quality and improvement in learning and teaching. Read More

Pinocchio's Children’s Nurseries are a group of 5 award winning children's nurseries across Edinburgh & Midlothian.

We currently have purpose built day nurseries in Eskbank, Lasswade, Penicuik, Heriot Watt and Gilmerton.

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