ECS Learning Hub

ECS Learning Hub

Early Learning and Childcare Leadership and Management

Applications and Interviews

Target Audience: Those aspiring to move into a promoted post or middle/senior leaders seeking to move into a new position.


Ian Fraser will be running a virtual twilight session on application forms and interviews to help school staff at all levels take the next step on their journey towards a promoted post. He has agreed to undertake a two hour session for anyone interested in Perth and Kinross Council at 4.30 PM on Tuesday 7 December 2021.

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Date & Time: Tuesday 7 December 4.30pm – 6.30pm


The session will look at:

  • Effective application forms
  • Preparing for interview, including a suggested structure for dealing with questions
  • Interview behaviours


The twilight has been previously highly evaluated by colleagues in PKC.  If you would like to book a space, please complete this booking form no later than 5.00pm on Thursday 2 December.

Introduction to Leadership and Management

Target Audience: All ELCC


This is a virtual session to explore the basic foundations of leadership and management for staff working within ELCC, such as Out of School Clubs, Safe Start and any committee-led service. The session will help you to develop the skills that are essential for all leaders and managers, including the different qualities you may adopt, techniques for motivating and coaching your team and how to maximise your use of time. The session explores the varying stages of conflict resolution and provides tips to support this. The course is designed to give aspiring managers some tools and guidance in order to develop their management role, within their settings.

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Date and Time: 9 February 2022 - 6.30pm - 8.00pm 

                           11May 2022 - 6.30pm - 8.00pm


Course Presenter: Shona O'Connor


Outcomes: By the end of the course participants will have a better understanding of the key characteristics of leaders and managers and be able to apply the knowledge gained within their own settings/contexts. 

Committee Skills

Target Audience: All ELCC


This course is aimed at current and potential committee members/trustees within the voluntary and community sector, that manage Early Learning & Childcare provision.  The course explores the roles and responsibilities of office bearers and committee members. 

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Date and Time: 9 June 2022 - 7.00pm - 8.30pm 


Course Presenter: Shona O'Connor


Outcomes: The skills and understanding developed will ensure your board functions effectively and efficiently.

TRIC Early Learning and Childcare Tracking

Our vision in Perth and Kinross Council is to raise standards to ensure that all children and young people experience high quality Early Learning and Childcare

Highly effective processes to track and monitor children’s progress should be at the heart of all ELC practice. To help settings achieve this and develop a consistent approach across PKC the early years team have worked with the TRIC Tracking Group and ECS Research Analysis & Performance Team to develop a toolkit of resources with guidance on how to use an electronic tracking tool.

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Dates and Times: 7 October 2021 -  9.15am-10.15am


Presenter: Pauline Linn


20 settings participated in a trial last session to support this development, providing useful feedback and further adaptions to be made. 

The expectation for session 2021-22 is to move to the implementation stage with the aim that all settings providing funded ELC will develop effective tracking systems with the use of this resource.

Education Scotland highlighted in a summary following recent ELC Inspections.

“There still remains a need to have effective systems in place for tracking and monitoring.” 

The suite of resources has been filed in a Padlet for easy access and will be added to our ELC GLOW. 

  • Tracking Guidance
  • How to use the ELC Tacking PowerPoint and PDF Guidance notes
  • Excel Tracking document
  • Individual Word Tacking document

Please use this link to book your session (if the date is greyed out then this means it is fully booked)


Senior Practitioner Development Programme

Target Audience: Practitioners wishing to develop their leadership skills 


This session is for practitioners who wish to develop their leadership skills to take on future senior roles across Perth and Kinross. Aims: Develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a senior practitioner. Provide an opportunity to engage in professional dialogue to develop their understanding of pedagogical leadership. Develop an understanding of quality improvement and the cycle of self-evaluation.

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Date and Time: 30 September 2021 - 3.15pm - 5.00pm; 29 October 2021 1.30pm - 3.15pm; 18 November 2021 3.15pm - 5pm; and 2 December 3.15pm - 5pm (all 4 sessions must be attended) 


Presenter: Linda Reid and Pauline Linn


Outcomes: Have a clear understanding of qualifications required to undertake the role. Increased knowledge of roles and responsibilities of a senior practitioner. Increased knowledge of how to be an effective pedagogical leader to ensure high quality early learning and childcare. Increased confidence in professional judgement and decision-making. Increased knowledge and understanding of quality improvement and the cycle of self-evaluation. 


 To apply please use this form  (form closed 22 Sept 12noon)

If no link in the information above please follow below instructions:

Anyone wishing to book a space on any of these courses must do the following 

If you are a PKC Employee

Log onto My View with your pay number and password 

If you are a Partner Provider or External to PKC

You will need to complete the course application form which must be emailed to

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