Care and Learning Alliance
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Our aim is to improve the quality of provision for all adults and children attending Parent & Toddler groups by:
- Encouraging good practice & supporting adults in running groups effectively
- Developing trusting relationships & a positive, inclusive group ethos
- Sharing ideas & experience & maximising group member potential
- Encouraging groups to liaise with relevant agencies & professionals
- Promoting Play@Home & providing support in line with the Early Years Framework
Parent & Toddler Group Facilitators
We currently have a team of 6 Parent & Toddler Group Facilitators who deliver our model of service to around 70 groups throughout Highland & Moray. As part of their CPD (Continuous Professional Development), the Toddler Group Facilitators meet up regularly to share information, ideas, best practice and keep up to date with current trends, legislation and National Guidance.
Our Service Model
Support is delivered to each group initially through two weekly visits where our Toddler Group Facilitators, in consultation with group members, draw up an initial action plan of what the parents and children want from their group. Through role modelling activities, information sharing and committee support they work together at a pace dictated by each group to meet their individual requirements. Support may be decreased to monthly, then termly visits when appropriate, allowing more groups to access this level of support.
An important aspect of visits is involving parents and children in planning short, simple activities for each session – children have great fun learning through play and parents/carers learn some new skills along the way! Activities include:
- Story Telling / Music or Song Time
- Sensory Trays / Treasure Baskets
- Water Play / Sand Tray / Top Tots
- Home Made Dough / Parachute Fun
- Sticking & Gluing / Finger Painting
- Gloop Making / & Lots, Lots More!
Resources for Parent & Toddler Groups
Our Toddler Group Facilitators have developed a wide range of support materials and templates including committee information, grant funding, and advice on suitable resources. These are all FREE to groups on request.
Groups interested in accessing this type of support should contact the Inverness office.