Early Years / Primary Schools

Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP)

The national resource for  RSHP provides a comprehensive set of learning activities for use in early learning settings, primary and secondary schools, colleges and in community-based learning. The resource is structured in line with Curriculum for Excellence Levels.

Children and young people do not just learn in formal settings, they also learn at home and so the RSHP resource makes that connection by recognising the role of parents and carers as the child’s first and lifelong educator. Many of the learning activities provided in the resource have information that can be shared with home, there are also book lists to be shared, and information leaflets that educators can use to communicate about RSHP learning at different Levels.

The resource can be used to support the delivery of RSHP lessons in mainstream and specialist settings and in non-denominational and denominational schools. 

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.

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. 

Preventing and Managing Harmful Sexual Behaviour Guidelines

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  harmful sexual behaviour.

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

Short presentation on the Managing Sexualised Behaviour

Supporting the implementation of RSHP in Forth Valley

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 us.



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