Early Years / Primary Schools

Curriculum Guidance

Framework supporting early - second level curriculum for excellence, Health and Wellbeing 2014 (Clackmannanshire and Stirling Councils)

This framework  will allow practitioners to review what has been previously covered and look effectively at development needs and next steps.

No single resource is likely to fully meet the needs of all pupils. Resources highlighted may be used to suit the need, age, stage and ability of children and young people.

Educational establishments can at all times contact Health Promotion at NHS Forth Valley for additional support and advice. 

Sexual Health and Relationships 3 - 12 curriculum (Falkirk Council)

The format of this curriculum pack sets out three topic areas for each age/stage from early years through to primary 7 to explore:

● Growth and Development

● Relationships

● Personal Safety

Providing a balanced and consistent sexual health and relationships programme is a key part of our duty to protect children by supporting them to develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to make decisions about their sexual health that are right for them.

Love Makes Then Happy was a small research project carried out with primary age children to find out what they want to learn from Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education (NHS Forth Valley 2005). The project report provides an insight into the types of questions children have about relationships, growing up, conception and birth.

So what is a Vulva anyway?

Some people say vagina when they are actually talking about their vulva which is fine, but it’s a really good idea to know the proper names to avoid confusion.

This booklet is designed for young people and covers a range of information about what are normal, changes during puberty, naming and identifying the different parts of the Vulva. There is also a brief mention of what is ‘normal’ in comparison to what might be represented in porn.


Puberty for Boys

Developed by NHS Lanarkshire some short video sequences designed to offer information and support to eduation staff developing puberty lessons for boys.

Resources to support these sessions can be accessed from the Health Improvement Resources Service (HIRS) at NHS Forth Valley.


 Information and ideas on teaching consent

Sexual Abuse Prevention

Let's talk PANTS is a national campaign by the NSPCC to help keep young children safe from sexual abuse.

With the help of our friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus, talking PANTS is a simple way to teach children how to stay safe from abuse.

The initiative teaches children: Privates are private, Always remember your body belongs to you, No means no, Talk about secrets that upset you and Speak up - someone can help. 

A Playtime with Pantosaurus app is available on iOS and Android devices as a free download and features four mini games where players test their skills against Pantosaurus the dinosaur and his friends whilst learning the PANTS rule to keep themselves safe.


Sing along with Pantosaurus

The Singing Dinosaur Video is a great way to introduce PANTS to children. They’ll love singing along with Pantosaurus and it’ll help them learn the key PANTS messages.


Boy’s things and Girl’s things - Practical strategies for challenging gender stereotypical choices and behaviours in primary schools

Supporting Transgender Young People - Guidance for Schools in Scotland

More young people feel confident to ‘come out’ to their friends and families as transgender at a younger age. This is a positive step forward as it allows them to discuss their feelings and access support when it’s most needed. It does, however, have clear implications for school environments, with teachers telling us that they often lack knowledge and confidence in this area.

This guidance will support teachers to ensure that all transgender and non-binary children and young people are safe, supported and included in their schools.

 Resource  list of books, teaching packs and other materials for staff and parents to support the Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood framework. All of these resources are available to borrow from the Health Improvement Resources Service within the Health Promotion Service 

Stonewall Primary Schools best practice guide 

Primary school children come from a variety of backgrounds and families. Celebrating and acknowledging different families is crucial to make all children feel welcome and enable them to learn how to value those who are different. Children prosper academically and developmentally in classrooms where they feel welcome and safe

Primary schools have a critical role to play in helping children understand that difference is something to be respected and celebrated. If your school is thinking about starting on this journey, we hope that the experiences shared in this guide  will give you some very real practical assistance. Please do contact us if we can help you on that journey.

Gender Equality and Discrimination in the Early Years

Resources developed by Zero Tolerence. Zero Tolerance is committed to promoting gender equality and tackling discrimination. We believe that it is never too early to question what is seen as ‘normal’ or what is traditionally expected of boys and girls in our society.

This guide  to preventing gender stereotyping in the early years is aimed at childcare professionals who work directly with very young children, and who are in contact with their parents and carers. It provides resources to support professionals and parents to raise children who are not limited by outdated or restrictive ideas of what is suitable for boys and for girls.

Respect gender equality in the early years, a resource list for child care professionals and parents on gender equality in the early years.

Resource: Animation clip of the stages of birth

This short animation  was developed to provide information for expectant parents on what happens  during the stages of labour. The sequence may be useful to show what happens during labour and how a baby is born. The voiceover may be less useful in a school setting,  but could be used with the volume muted. 

Managing Sexualised Behaviour Guidance

These guidelines have been produced as a response to the sexual health needs of young people in Forth Valley.  Whilst sexualised behaviour can be a natural healthy part of growing up, some children and young people may develop inappropriate/problematic habits or display sexually harmful behaviour.

These guidelines have been developed to create a consistency in approach amongst all school staff, which in turn creates a shared understanding of managing sexualised behaviour.

Short presentation on the Managing Sexualised Behaviour

If you would like to speak to someone about support for Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood within the curriculum in your nursery or school, please contact the sexual health team 



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