Space to grow
Design guidance for early learning and childcare and out of school care settings.
This “Space to Grow” guidance will act as a tool for providers, planners and architects when planning or extending early learning and childcare and out of school care settings. It should help to inform any new infrastructure created or refurbished as part of the expansion. It will provide parents, children and members of the public with information and standards about the positive impact that the environment can provide. The guidance will also inform the Care Inspectorate in their duty of scrutiny and improvement to support innovation and to propagate good practice.
Although the guidance provides insights into what constitutes good design – it acknowledges that all environments are different and diverse. The focus should remain on the impact the environment has on improving outcomes for children.
Finally, it is understood that good design continuously evolves, with innovative solutions constantly being sought as to how to enhance environments in areas such as: space; maximising finite resources; the best use of outdoor space; sustainability; and how the physical environment can help contribute to the best outcomes for Scotland’s children. As such, it is anticipated that this guidance will also evolve as new solutions and new approaches to innovative delivery of settings are identified, allowing these to be incorporated and shared across the sector.