Junior World (Nairn) – Enrolment for session 2017 to 2018

The following information comes from Jayne Macintosh, Junior World Centre Coordinator:

Week commencing the 13th February is enrolment week for 3/4 year olds. Enrolment forms and Parent Information packs can be collected at any time and we will be happy to show you around the premises. If you wish to make an appointment to discuss in more detail please just call into the office and speak to Jayne.

4 year olds – 1 March 2013 – 29 February 2014 are eligible for a funded place from August 2017.

3 year olds – 1 March 2014 – 31 August 2014 will be eligible for a funded place from August 2017.

1 September 2014 – 31 December 2014 will be eligible for a funded place from January 2018.

1 January 2015 – 28 February 2015 will be eligible for a funded place from April 2018.

Please bring along your child’s birth certificate when you attend for enrolment.

Enrolment does not guarantee a place; this will be confirmed to each parent/carer.

We provide high quality early learning and childcare that is affordable and accessible for all, led by Curriculum for Excellence and Building the Ambition.

Please be aware that we offer flexible childcare at Junior World and as well as having funded places available we can offer wrap around day care throughout the day as well as Out of School Care.

To contact Junior World, Tel: 01667 455696

Announcing the Launch of the Updated CALA E-Learning Zone


Since the launch of the Care and Learning Alliance E-Learning Zone, hundreds of people have accessed our online courses, increasing their knowledge of both theory and practice within early learning and childcare.  Our courses provide a way for people to access high quality training from the comfort of their own homes. This is of particular advantage for those living in rural areas or with extra busy lives.
Today we would like to announce the launch of the updated CALA E-Learning Zone.  We’ve taken on board feedback from our users, and have implemented changes to make the user experience smoother and quicker.
Our latest course titled “Children Affected by Parental Substance Misuse” is free to access, so you’ve got absolutely nothing to lose by signing up now.  We have courses on a wide range of current topics, with more being added all the time.

To access the updated E-Learning Zone, please go to: http://calaelearning.co.uk

If you have accessed CALA courses in the past, your account will still be active.  Just log in using your email address, and the password you signed up with.  If you can’t remember your password, use the handy “forgot my password” tool on the log in page.

If you’d like to share information about the E-Learning Zone, we have produced a flyer, which you can access by clicking here [pdf].

We really hope you enjoy using the E-Learning Zone.  If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to know, get in touch at:  [email protected]

Visit the CALA E-Learning Zone

The Travels of Bookbug!

The following blog post was submitted by Mairianne Nairn, CALA Parent Toddler Coordinator:

The dots on the map below show just some of the areas that have had a visit from Bookbug last term!



heatherToddler Facilitator, Heather Knowles has had Bookbug on her travels on the West Coast this term, Heather tells us her favourite song last term had to be Jingle Bells of course!

This photo was taken when Bookbug went along with Toddler Facilitator Issy Fowler to visit Hilton Breastfeeding support group. Their favourite song is Cross, cross, line line!

Bookbug Goes Mobile!

When we talked to Elizabeth Parker the Bookbug Coordinator for Highland she told us that one of the best ways to encourage a lifelong love of books is to have books accessible everywhere and part of everyday life. One of our Family First Co ordinators, Amanda Wagstaffe clearly agrees and during her working week Bookbug went mobile!

“Bookbug sessions can be delivered anywhere, In a toddler group, in a home or in this case in a CALA van.! Amanda was having a lovely day out with a child she is supporting has part of her family support role. The weather took a Highland turn for the worse after making sure the ducks had been fed, the puddles had been jumped in and there was still time for a lot more fun, but no where warm to go. Time for a Book bug session in the van. Parked in a car park the Bookbug session began. With singing and stories, time soon flew by. Amanda tells us “If one little person had had it their way, we could have been sat in the van until it was dark. “ 

Amanda sent us in the wonderful photos below ad assures me that Bookbug always wears his seatbelt when the van is moving!”

Another Family First Coordinator, Shirley Taylor tells us that her group love Bookbug and even enjoy the occasional song in Gaelic too. She has very kindly provided the works fro her groups favourite “The wheels on the bus”

Cuibhlichean a’ bhus
The Wheels on the BusTha cuibhlichean a’ bhus a’ dol car, car, car
Car, car, car, car, car, car
Tha cuibhlichean a’ bhus a’ dol car, car, car
Fad an latha
Tha an dùdan air a’ bhus a’ dol bip bip bip
bip bip bip bip bip bip
Tha an dùdan air a’ bhus a’ dol bip bip bip
Fad an latha
Tha ‘ghlag air a’ bhus a’ dol ding-a-ling-a-ling
Ding-a-ling-a-ling, ding-a-ling-a-ling
Tha ‘ghlag air a’ bhus a’ dol ding-a-ling-a-ling
Fad an latha
Than a wipers air a’ bhus a’ dol suis suis suis
suis suis suis suis suis suis
Than a wipers air a’ bhus a’ dol suis suis suis
Fad an latha
Tha an doras air a’ bhus a’ dol a-mach ‘s a-steach
a-mach ‘s a-steach, a-mach ‘s a-steach
Tha an doras air a’ bhus a’ dol a-mach ‘s a-steach
Fad an latha
Than a daoine air a’ bhus a’ dol suais is sios
suais is sios, suais is sios
Than a daoine air a’ bhus a’ dol suais is sios
Fad an latha
Tha cuibhlichean a’ bhus a’ dol car, car, car
Car, car, car, car, car, car
Tha cuibhlichean a’ bhus a’ dol car, car, car
Fad an latha.


Bookbug has been out and about with Toddler Facilitator Jules Taylor. These brilliant photographs show the proud recipients of the their Bookbug toddler packs! They had a lovely session, Jules tells us all about it below. They couldn’t pick just one favourite song, they have two! “Wind the bobbin up “ and “Little Green Frog”.

bookbug-kidsBook Bug took himself on a journey to play a part in children in need at our lovely Argyle Church Group today. Book Bug helped the children with what colours to paint there paper plates by taking along his own plate he had made earlier. After a fun filled activity book bug then got the children to come sit in the storey corner for a fantastic storey…… All the children loved the storey of “Wendy the Wide Mouthed Frog” as it was one of his long time favourites, The children had lots of giggles and lots of trying out the puppet themselves. After wards when the children had there snack Book Bug gave all the boys and girls there very own “Toddler Book Bug Bag” to take home. A very exciting adventure for Book Bug today now its time for a nap…..


We are looking forward to more adventures this year!

Highland Child Protection Logo Competition


Win a £50 voucher and a prize for your school/youth group.

The Highland Child Protection Committee (CPC) is a group of people who work together to try and make sure that every child in Highland is safe. This includes the Police, Social Work, Health and Education along with partners who work in our local communities.

We are looking for a new logo that helps people understand what the Child Protection Committee does. Most importantly, we’d like a logo that has been designed by a young person and that other young people would relate to.

Who can enter?

Anyone under 18 living in Highland can enter the competition and entries will be considered in each of the following age groups:

  • 8 and under
  • 9-14 years
  • 15-18 years

The overall winner will be decided by a panel and will receive a £50 voucher and a prize for their school or youth group. The two Runners up will receive a £25 gift voucher.

Now for the rules……

The logo should be simple and easy to reproduce, and reflect the key aims of the Committee.

  • Must have the words Highland Child Protection Committee in it
  • You can use up to 4 colours
  • 1 entry per person maximum
  • Only entries received on or before 17th February 2017 will be considered

Entries should be submitted electronically to [email protected] or by post on an A4 sheet to Highland Child Protection Committee, Kinmylies Building, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NN. Don’t forget to include your name, age and school. Please note, final designs may have to be adjusted slightly for reproduction purposes.

Good Luck!

Training Opportunity – Play into Practice


Bundle up and get outdoors

The following information came from the latest ‘Play Scotland‘ newsletter.


Play Scotland have shared a link to an article that has lots of information on children being encouraged to play outdoors during the winter months. Some of the benefits to outdoor winter play are: increases in exercise and using different muscles, getting fresh air and avoiding bacteria, and vitamin D exposure.

If you’re interested in reading about other ways children can benefit from bundling up and getting outdoors, click here to read the full article.

#OpeningDoors Blog – Invergordon Academy Childcare Career Workshop

The following blog post was submitted by Kirsty Hunter, #OpeningDoors Mentoring Support Officer:


od-invergordon1The first #OD workshop of 2017 kicked off this week at Invergordon Academy! Within the amazing school Café 102 we delivered our “A Career in Childcare – My Pathway” workshop where ten 5th and 6th year pupils attended.

When asked how they found the session, the young people said:

“I really thought this lesson helped a lot about what I want to do, and how I can go about doing it”

“This was great – I really enjoyed it!”

“Very in depth explanations of courses and other routes into childcare”

“It was very good – explained a lot”

“Very helpful – explained a lot”

“I felt today was really useful”

“Helped a lot! Has gave me a much better idea on what I want to do. Thank you!” 

“Super Heroes” raise The Green Flag

The following blog article was submitted by Michele Garner, CALA Childhood Practice Manager:

lochinver-green-flagOn Tuesday the 13th December people gathered to watch Lochinver Early Learning Centre raise their Eco School green flag. The journey from bronze to silver and eventually Green flag status has taken 5 years of hard work. This obviously involved children and parents from past and present years. The centre was delighted that primary 1 and 2 were able to join with the younger children, parents and helpers to celebrate their achievement. We have had tremendous weekly support from Fiona Saywell on our forest school outings, rangers Andy and Roz Summers and volunteers Ken Fairchild and Jimmy Crooks, P.C. John Murray and the community council.


Click the image above to watch the flag raising ceremony.

We truly have young children that are keen to be “super heroes” and help to “save the world” in their own small way. Here is an excerpt from our award letter:

“Lochinver Early Learning Centre has made a very good start to its Eco journey, monitoring progress well, sharing good practise with other educational establishments, celebrating success and forging links with environmental groups such as the Culag Community Woodland Trust. Eco is well-integrated into the curriculum and calendar via your Forest Schools’ work and events such as Walk to School Week. Your pupils are also to be warmly commended for their community and beach litter picking activities and for their awareness-raising of the issue of dog fouling in your local area. Your children are truly responsible, mini citizens. Well done everyone and keep up this super effort.”

lochinver-green-flag2The journey is only beginning. You can help our young citizens by buying our eco- friendly shopping bag which is printed with the children’s own eco code and make small changes in your life to help make the difference. The centre will continue with its aim for less litter with the help of ‘Wrigley’s Litter Less Campaign’. This is a Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) initiative run in 21 countries. It encourages children and young people to take their work on litter and local environmental quality beyond the school gate and affect long-term behaviour change in their community. It is offered in Scotland by “Keep Scotland Beautiful”, through the Eco-Schools Scotland programme. Lochinver Early Learning Centre and 28 other nurseries have been chosen and awarded a grant of £200 to take this work forward in 2017. We hope to use this money to monitor marine litter.


Click the image above to watch a video about making the jute bag.

Children and staff would like to say thank you to the community for supporting and helping us on our learning journey and campaign. Together we can “help save the world!”

If you are interested in buying one of our bags please contact Jane and Amy on 01571 844 067 or you can contact the Manager, Michele Garner on 07833693583, email [email protected] Bags are £4.50 each, postage will also be charged if posted!

If you are interested in producing your own bag, we found the service at Jutexpo.co.uk to be excellent and would highly recommend them.

– Jane, Amy and Michele

Drakies out of School Club – February Planner

Julia has sent through the planner and booking form for Drakies out of School Club for February holidays. They have a lot of fun stuff lined up. Here’s some key information:

How do I book a place ?

To book call Drakies 07876542621 or visit, email [email protected], or [email protected]

How much does this cost ?

Cost 8am-6pm £24: half session 8am-1pm £14: 1pm-6pm £14:

How do I pay?

You will be invoiced by email and payment is due two weeks in advance and is non refundable, You can pay by BACS, CHEQUE, DEBIT CARD (ONLY BY CALLING Dingwall Office ), CASH

To learn more, click here to download the planner and booking form. [MS Word] 

Highland Council CPD Training: Technologies for Early Learning and Childcare


Highland Council are holding training on “Technologies for Early Learning and Childcare”. The training will be taking place in Thurso, Fort William, Portree and Inverness.  From the course flyer:

“This 2.5 hour training session aims to give staff confidence in making the most of technologies in the early level – removing fears and misconceptions! We will provide you with ideas to create a fun, stimulating learning environment, both indoors and outdoors, giving children daily opportunities to engage with familiar, everyday technology-related items and extend their learning in line with national guidance, principles and practice.”

Click here to download the course flyer. 

Book via http://highland.cpdservice.net/ or contact the CALA Inverness office on 01463 703033 for further information.

Upcoming Training in Inverness – Play and Learning into Practice (PLiP)

Care and Learning Alliance are running an introductory course on ‘Play and Learning into Practice’. The training is free to those living and working in Highland. It will be held in Balloch Baptist Church, Inverness. The dates of the course are as follows:

Friday 13th January
Friday 20th January
Friday 27th January
Thursday 2nd February
Friday 10th February
Friday 17th February

For more details and booking information, please download the course flyer by clicking here.