Early Years Collaborative

Driving forward real and lasting improvements to children's outcomes and life chances

Early Years Collaborative

The earliest years of a child's life represent the single greatest chance to make a lasting impact on their future. We now know that the period before birth and in their early years has a profound impact on a child's life. It affects their physical, mental and emotional development and, in turn, their life chances.

Because of this we are improving all that we do to support children and families and deliver services to them, helping them to secure better outcomes for themselves.

To help us do this we are making continual improvement part of our day to day practice. We are also sharing our learning with others across Scotland.

The Early Years Collaborative (EYC) is about driving forward real and lasting improvements to children's outcomes and life chances.

Our vision is:

To make North Lanarkshire the best place to grow up in by improving outcomes and reducing inequalities for all babies, children, mothers, fathers and families to ensure that all children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed.

Success will be demonstrated by improvement across these high level 'stretch' aims and the key drivers impacting on them:

  1. Ensuring that women experience positive pregnancies which result in the birth of more healthy babies (as evidenced by a reduction of 15% in stillbirths and infant mortality).

  2. Ensuring that 85% of all children reach all of the expected developmental milestones at the time of the child's 27-30 month child health review.

  3. Ensuring that 90% of all children reach all of the expected developmental milestones at the time the child starts primary school.

We share this vision and the stretch aims with the Scottish Government. Our partners include NHS Lanarkshire, Police Scotland and communities will play an important role.

Three Work streams are leading on improvements to help deliver these aims. Another provides the leadership to support and deliver improvement.

The Early Years Collaborative builds on our other improvement activities and will accelerate the delivery of our commitments including: ensuring prevention and early intervention; making the GIRFEC (Getting it Right For Every Child).

For further information visit the Early Years Collaborative website and Early Years Collaborative on Scottish Government website. You can also download pdf icon EY Collaborative newsletter January 2014 [744kb]. To find out more about measurement download word icon Introduction to Improvement using PDSA cycles [111kb].

You can also view Sir Harry Burns: Early Years Collaborative's video Why it matters?

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