Early Years

“The early years of childhood form the basis of intelligence, personality, social behaviour, and capacity to learn and nurture oneself as an adult” (UNICEF, Early Childhood)

The early years is now recognised as one of the most important developmental stages. Research shows a clear link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and poorer outcomes in later life.  Studies into early brain development highlight the importance of positive attachment and nurture for young children.

In Fife we recognise the role professionals and services have in supporting young children and their families. The Health Visiting Service and Early Years Service offer a universal support to all families and can signpost and help co-ordinate support when families need some extra help.

Universal Health Visiting Pathway

In 2015, the Scottish Government published the Universal Health Visiting Pathway. The Pathway aims to give young families continuity with their Health Visitor and promote prevention and earlier intervention if support is needed. The programme consists of 11 home visits to all families – 8 within the first year of life and 3 child health reviews between 13 months and 4-5 years.


Family Nurture Approach

The Family Nurture Approach began as a transformational change programme and is now a cornerstone of our early years work in Fife. The following videos give an overview of the approach and some examples of how we are supporting young families in Fife:

Video:  Family Nurture Approach animation

The animation describes how we are embedding the Family Nurture Approach in Fife, transforming the way we deliver services.

Video: Inside a Family Nurture Centre 

The video illustrates how we are engaging with families within our Family Nurture Centre’s in Fife, as part of a Hub approach .It  showcases some of the parenting programmes delivered within the centres  and includes feedback from parents on the difference this has made to them

Early Learning and Childcare (EL&C)

Fife Council has 106 Early Years establishments offering a range of services for families. They also work with partner providers to offer a wider choice of provision to parents and carers.

By 2020, the entitlement of free Early Learning & Childcare will increase from 600 hours to 1140 hours. This means increased flexibility in patterns of attendance. To deliver these hours we will have to increase the workforce.

It is important that Early Years settings maintain a consistent and quality approach.  Fife  Council will support the continuous learning and development of all practitioners.

This website will be used to share information on EL&C developments and resources to support practitioners with their practice.