Early Years / Primary Schools

Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP)

Access the new resource for Schools for children and young people (3-18).


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.


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 It provides resources to support professionals and parents to raise children who are not limited by outdated or restrictive ideas of what is suitable for boys and for girls.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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