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Parents and Carers


These pages have been developed as a specific resource for Parents and Carers. They contain lots of useful information about services available for Parents, Carers and their children. They also include advice and support for Parents and Carers on helping their child to develop their skills in a number of different areas.

If you are a Parent or Carer looking for information that isn't currently available in this section please email education@aberdeenshire.gov.uk with your ideas for new content.

Information on school term dates, school contact details, school closures, school meals, parent councils, HMIe reports, and school building improvement can be found in the Schools section.


Getting it right for every child and the Integrated Assessment Framework

Getting it right for every child is a Scottish Government's policy to make sure every child/young person achieves their potential. The Integrated Assessment Framework is part of this policy.


School Information

Find information on choosing a school for your child, details of Aberdeenshire catchment areas, details of Aberdeenshire Council's school excursion policy, information about the Aberdeenshire Council Instrumental Music Service, information about School Travel Plans, downloadable Notes for Parents documents and a copy of Aberdeenshire Council's Adverse Weather information leaflet for parents/carers.


Curriculum Information

Find information about Aberdeenshire Council's policies about the 3-18 Curriculum Framework and a Curriculum for Excellence.

What is Curriculum for Excellence - Parents Leaflet (pdf 3.90 MB)


Support for Families

Find out about the Early Intervention Service, learn more about how to help your child with reading, writing, drawing and number and more about services provided by the Aberdeenshire Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service. View advice on helping your child develop their motor skills and view information about educating your child at home.

Early Years

Find information about pre-school admissions as well as the Childcare and Early Years Education Extended Service project.

Work Placement Unit

Find out more about the Work Placement Unit and what options are available for pupils looking to go on work experience.

School Building Improvements

Additional Support Needs

Find out about our guidelines to support children and young people's learning. We have information on Support for autism; Support for Gypsy/ Travellers (Currently updating this document. Enquires to Audrey Hendry, Tel: 01467 628066) ; Support for Literacy; Support for Motor Skills and Promoting Positive Relationships., Sensory Support Service which includes their guidelines; Aberdeenshire Accessibility Strategy; English as an Additional Language Service; ASPECTS and CALM.


Educational Psychology Service

Aberdeenshire Educational Psychology Service is an innovative and dynamic Service. Find out more about our service and how to contact us.


Financial Service

Find information on applying for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA),  Free School Meals, School Clothing Grants, and Free School Transport.


Health and Wellbeing

View information on the Active Schools, ALEC, TOP, and Water in Schools programmes.


Parental Involvement

Read about Parent Forums and Councils, and find out more about volunteering at your child’s school.


Frequently Asked Questions

Have a read through our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from Parents and Carers.


Education Appeals

A number of pages providing details of how parents can make appeals regarding their child's education.