Nessies Nippers trip to Fort George

Hello everyone

Please enjoy our power point showing all the fun we had learning about soldiers. Also our trip to Fort George.

Hope you all enjoying your Easter Holidays

Nessies Nippers Soldier Powerpoint 

Tracy Deanne and all children in Nessies Nippers 


Frugal Friday Easter 5

Hey everyone!

This week we would like to introduce you to a new friend

Mr. Wiggly Caterpillar!

Thanks for another excellent video Mairianne

Happy Easter everyone


The Final Blog of the Making Time for Play Project :'(

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Hello! This is the final Blog from the Making Time for Play Project.

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I think all those taking part from the groups, families, staff,making time for play 2
volunteers and most importantly, the children would agree we’ve had a great time! We have seen real progress in getting parents and carers, often down on their knees, playing with the children in sometimes quite challenging activities for those who don’t like mess!!

The PPAs, staff and volunteers have been encouraging  adults and children over the last few years to get the most out of play (and to get over their fear of singing)!  One of the big successes is helping raise awareness of the fact you don’t have to have expensive toys to have a good time together. We all make jokes about children opening presents and then playing with the box and in many cases it really is true! As you can see from the photos, great fun was had with gloop – just cornflour and water mixed together then a handful of kitchen utensils dropped in such as sieves, spoons, potato mashers etc. As for the den – we used a parachute just tied to some chairs to create a simple den. In each case groups of children played together for up to an hour and only snack could tempt them away! We’ve explored the Play @ Home books and all the great ideas in these.

making time for play 3We’ve had hilarious puppet shows, noisy music sessions and great story times. It’s been lovely to see parents, carers and children working really closely together to create some wonderful crafts and art work and to see how it really brings them closer together. It’s also been great to see adults realising that it’s OK to take 15 – 20 minutes out of their day to play – it really does make you feel better!

It’s been a privilege working with everyone involved in the project and I hope you all keep playing and getting messy!!


Louise Gibson

Play into Practice in Fort William

Over the last three Thursdays in March, we’ve been sharing an introduction to Play into Practice (adapted from the 5 day accredited course) in Lochaber.  Attendees came from a variety of working backgrounds including childminders, ELC practitioners, children’s support workers, and NHS staff. Many thanks to the lovely group of ladies who attended for their active participation in a blend of play related theory, practice, thought provoking discussions and practical hands on play, fun and learning!

Evaluative comments include:DAMN IT

“I will experiment more.”

“I feel good, much more positive about play.”

“I plan to fit the Types of Play into practice and be more aware of the Play Cycle.”

“Learned about the importance of loose parts inplay and not just pre-formed toys.”

“I feel excited and enthusiastic.”


See the CALA blog or contact our office on 01463 703033 for information on the six-day accredited training “Play and Learning into Practice” for those working in Early Learning and Childcare due start in Fort William in April.

Norma Ruettimann

Training Development Manager

New Playday Website Launch

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A new-look Playday website has been launched
Playday is the UK national day for play, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August.


Play Scotland also launched Play on the Longest Day, which is held in Scotland to promote Playday within school settings as national Playday falls out with school term.


Interested in finding out more? Why not have a look at the website which has plenty of great tips to help you plan and publicise a successful Playday event

Culbokie Children’s Easter Newsletter

Hey everyone!

The children of Culbokie Childcare would like to wish you all a very happy Easter!

They have also made a newsletter showing off what they have done to celebrate Easter and included some of their best drawings.

Have a look for yourselves at their wonderful drawings

Culbokie Children’ Easter Newsletter


Easter Arts and Crafts And Our Visit To Seaforth House

The boys and girls at Golspie ELCC have been very busy making Easter Eggs using different art and craft materials.

We used balloons, glue, paper, paint, stickers and pens to make our eggs, this is how we made them.

We first blew up the balloons ready for us to cover in glue and paint (Papier Mache), this was very messy – we enjoyed doing this part.

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We then had to wait for the glue to dry over night before we could paint them.  We wanted to use orange, yellow, blue, red and green paint to make them bright and colourful.

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After the paint had dried we took the painted eggs (balloons) to Seaforth House (our Local Old Peoples Home) for the residents to help us decorate them.

We used a selection of Easter Stickers with rabbits, chicks, carrots and eggs on them.  Some of us even drew a nice picture on them, and glued on some feathers to help make them look pretty.

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After we decorated our eggs we then made Easter cards the ladies and men at Seaforth helped us to decorate them.

After we had finished our cards a nice lady called Tracey said that we could play in the garden, here are some photos of us playing.

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Before we left we sang some songs to the residents, then Tracey said that she had a present for all of us to say `Thank you` for visiting them, which was a crème egg each.



When we got back to Golspie ELCC we went on an Easter egg hunt with our crème eggs, this was really fun and we found them all hidden in our outside play area.


We wanted to say thank you to the Residents at Seaforth House for inviting us to spend some time with them, and thought they would like this fruit basket.


As we had made three eggs we thought that it would be nice to give Fiona a special Easter treat.  She was so surprised and pleased with her decorated egg

Here is a lovely picture of Fiona with her present


“Happy Easter Fiona, we hope you enjoy your present”.

The boys and girls at Golspie ELCC would like to wish you all a happy Easter.

-Fiona Morrison,

Play Scotland Annual Review 2015

Hey everyone!

For your viewing pleasure we have brought you the most recent annual review by Play Scotland. This review covers the important topics of Managing Risk in Play, Care Inspectorate details and the new childcare tool of the Play Map!

See here for the full review see here! Play Scotland Annual Review 2015

-Norma Ruettiman

Workshops to Raise Awareness (WRAP) of PREVENT

Whilst this is not mandatory for training for third and private sector, places may be available on request for the training, dates as below.

Norma Ruettimann, Training Development Manager

Highland Council Care and Learning Service have arranged a series of workshops to raise awareness across the Service of PREVENT.

PREVENT is part of the Government CONTEST strategy, relating to counter-terrorism.  PREVENT specifically looks at safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism, and aims to raise awareness of the early signs and indicators of risk and vulnerability in relation to radicalisation. We will be looking at this from a children, young people and families perspective.

It is mandatory for staff within the Highland Council to have an awareness of PREVENT and it is important that at least one key member of staff within each team/school/unit receives this training.  Very small schools might consider identifying one colleague from within the ASG, and the Family Teams should consider representatives (at least) across each function.

Each session lasts for 2 hours and will run as follows:

Thursday 24th March – Inverness




Wednesday 30th March (NB Now changed to 6th May) – Fort William




Tuesday 12th April – Strathpeffer/Dingwall




Wednesday 13th April – Wick


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Wednesday 20th April – Skye




If you wish to book a place on one of these events, please contact: [email protected]

Building the Ambition at Glenbervie Kindergarten and GX Club at Carrongrange House, Stenhousemuir

Building the Ambition at Glenbervie Kindergarten and GX Club at Carrongrange House, Stenhousemuir

Following on from our first visit to Glenbervie Kindergarden and GX Club in Larbert last October, we paid a second visit to Glenbervie this time to work with practitioners from the sister provision at Carrongrange House, Stenhousemiir.

Twenty-one staff attended the day which included tutor presentation, DVD clips on resilience and building brains, small group activities,  discussion and reflection. Despite the tempting spring sunshine outside, Manager Mairi and her team were participating throughout the day, no doubt helped by the generous amount of  edible goodies provided by owner Helen Bell!

Evaluative comments on learning gained from attendees included:

“Enjoyed workshop, learned so much about BTA.”

“I learned a great understanding of the BTA guidelines and helped towards my learning and thinking when it comes to my work with children.”

“Important to meet age/stage and development needs.”

“It doesn’t matter what age of child, the learning can always be extended.”

“Our jobs can make a real impact on children’s lives.”

“Our interactions with children, staff and parents are important on a daily basis.”


-Norma Ruettimann, Training Development Manager

Frugal Friday Easter 4

Hey everyone!

This week we are showing how to make beautiful rattling Easter eggs!

Thanks for another excellent video Mairianne

P.S The blog is going out a little early this week due to the Easter weekend. We all hope you have an excellent time with the long weekend

-Ross, Marketing

Fond Farewell to Lisa Stuart and a Warm Welcome to Fiona Morrison

The staff and children want to wish Lisa Stuart well  with her new centre and thank her for all her help and support over the past few years!

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We would also like to extend a warm welcome Fiona Morrison as our new manager.

-Annarie Heneghan