Essential Guidance For School Age Childcare Services

In this section we have collated the documents and guidance which are of most relevance currently to registered school age childcare services. This is not an exhaustive list but the documents cover issues which are often raised by the Care Inspectorate.

[Please note that whilst we endeavour to ensure these are the most up-to-date documents, there may be times when the documents change and the old ones remain here- we shall review and update, as appropriate to minimise any errors.]

Documents And Guidance Relating To Service Delivery

Health and Social Care Standards


A quality framework for daycare of children, school aged childcare and childminding


Records that all registered services must keep and guidance on notification reporting

Guide for providers on personal planning. Early Learning and Childcare

Management of medication in daycare of children and childminding services

Guidance on peripatetic managers arrangement

Setting the Table. National guidance and food standards for early years childcare providers in Scotland*

Healthy Eating in Schools. A guide to implementing the Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2020*

*Although neither of these documents are specific to school aged childcare: Setting the Table covers birth to 5 years old, and Healthy Eating in Schools focuses on food provision within school-run services, both provide guidance which can be applied to out of school care.

Documents And Guidance Relating To The Workforce

Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers

Safer Recruitment Through Better Recruitment

Social Media Guidance for Social Service Workers

last updated: 29/11/2023