Frugal Friday – Bubbles!


It’s Fun Frugal Friday time again 🙂 Mairianne says: “Just in case we have even more sunny days we have an easy way to make lots of bubbles with easy home made bubbles.

Click here to watch the video ?

Thanks Mairianne!

New CALA Training Menu


If you have a spare moment, why not take a look at the new version of the CALA training menu? It’s full of useful information on topics such as:

  • Information on the various full day training sessions CALA can offer.
  • Short format training on offer (training sessions lasting under two and a half hours).
  • Information on CALA’s new E-Learning Zone.
  • The cost of CALA training sessions.

The training menu can be downloaded by clicking here.

Do you know of anyone who might be interested in the training that CALA offers? If so, why not send them our training menu and let them see what CALA has to offer.

Missing Blog Posts


Good Morning everyone,

It’s come to my attention that some of the most recent blog posts have not been coming through via email. This was due to a technical hiccup on the website that meant emails weren’t being automatically sent when a blog post was published.

The good news is this has been sorted now, so all future blog posts will come to you via email. My apologies for this, I know a lot of you like to keep up-to-date with CALA news through the blog posts. Normal service will now be resumed!

Here is a summary of what you may have missed:

Eco School Awards

Jane Whitaker let us know about some of the great work she’s been doing in promoting environmental issues to the centres that she visits. Read the full post here.

Play Matters: April 2016

Play Highland published their April newsletter. Click here for more details.

Black Isle Dads and Bairns

Jennifer Morrison got in touch to let us know about a new dad’s baby and toddler group in the Black Isle. Click here if you’d like to take a look.

Drakies Summer Out of School Club Update

Drakie’s Summer Out of School Club has drawn up an activity planner for their summer club. Read more here.

Heuristic Play and Treasure Baskets (free training for CALA members)

Corrina has put together a flyer for an upcoming free training session. The title of the training is ‘Heuristic Play and Treasure Baskets’. If you’re interested, find out more by clicking here.

Chief Executive Val Gale drops by Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre to say ‘thank you’

Chief Executive Val Gale recently paid a visit to Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre to thank staff for their part in achieving IIYP accreditation. Click here to read more.

Chief Executive Val Gale drops by Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre to say ‘thank you’


“Thank you to Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre for hosting a coffee and cake evening where Val Gale thanked some of the young staff and their managers in helping achieve the accreditation for the IIYP award.

We also had the opportunity to see all the fantastic changes made to Wimberley, inside and out. Worth a visit to Jane for ideas. Well done!”

Julia McNeil, Childhood Practice Manager 

Click here to download a Word document that gives more detail on the visit. The report also features photographs that highlight the fantastic renovations that took place recently at Wimberley.

Heuristic Play and Treasure Baskets (free training for CALA members)

‘Heuristic Play and Treasure Baskets’ is an upcoming training session, free to CALA members, with sessions taking place in May and June. Have a look at the flyer for more information, dates, and booking information:


Click here if you’d like to download the flyer as a PDF.

Najczęściej zadawane pytania rodziców na temat opieki nad dziećmi w Szkocji. (FAQ parents about childcare in Scotland).

Hello everyone!

We have recently put together a Polish speaking video answering some of the frequent questions that parents have had concerning childcare in Scotland.

See the video in Polish : here

Also available with the video is a Transcript in both English and Polish.

A massive thanks to our presenters for taking part and all of the children within the videos! We all hope you find the videos enjoyable and informative.

CALA hopes that this video is helpful to those that are more comfortable speaking in Polish and welcome any questions or queries that you might have.

Give us a call on 01463 703033

Or email : [email protected]

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-Ross Walton, Marketing Graduate

Drakies Summer Out of School Club Update


Tracy and Nicola have been in touch with an update on the Drakies Summer Holiday Out of School Club:

Children have chosen activities for the summer please bear in mind they may change. Within the Club you will see the daily plan staff will keep you informed.
Looking forward to a fun filled exciting summer holiday.

You can download the summer activity planner by clicking here.

Black Isle Dads and Bairns

Jennifer Morrison has been in touch to let us know about a dad’s baby and toddler group in Dingwall. More information can be found on the flyer:


Play Matters: April 2016

Play Highland have sent out their April 2016 Play Matters newsletter. Topics include: the ‘Dirt is Good’ Campaign, child mental health, and a selection of quotes relating to children and play.

You can view the newsletter online by clicking here. To subscribe to the Play Matters newsletter, you can visit the Play Highland website.

Eco School Awards


As well as my usual support visits in our managed Early Learning and childcare centres, this session I have also been working with four centres on Eco School awards. WECC and Nessie’s Nippers are well on their way to achieving the Silver Award, while Lochinver are working towards their Green Flag. St John’s are working on their third Green Flag!

As the centres have realised during this time, a lot of the work we are doing in our centres links straight into the Eco Award criteria, for example healthy eating, toothbrushing, planting and growing and outdoor play. There is lots of help and advice on the Keep Scotland Beautiful website – and of course from me!

I would like to thank all the staff involved for their enthusiasm in taking their awards forward – and I’m looking forward to seeing their successful completion. Well done!

– Jane Whitaker, Practice Support Advisor