Drakies Out of School Club – Summer Holiday Planner 2017

Summer holidays are  fast approaching and Drakies is preparing for a fun packed time. Please see our programme, which was planned with our Easter holiday children. We are taking bookings now and look forward to seeing you all.


Click here to download the flyer as a PDF.

Click here to download the booking form for the training.

North Kessock Out of School Club – Summer Holiday Planner (fixed)


Click here to download this flyer as a PDF.

Click here to download the booking form. 

Bruce Adamson becomes new Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland

Bruce Adamson, the new Commissioner for Children and Young People whose appointment was agreed by Parliament this evening. 13 March 2017. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

“Bruce Adamson has begun work as the third Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland.

Today he begins his six-year term as Commissioner, after previous Commissioner Tam Baillie’s term came to an end.”

Read a full biography of Bruce Adamson on the CYPCS website by clicking here. 

Culbokie Fun Club enjoy some fresh air


With the weather getting warmer, Culbokie Fun Club have been getting outdoors and enjoying themselves. They’ve been hunting for bugs, making a fitness course, and also found some time to do a bit of bird spotting.

Learn more about what Culbokie Fun Club like to get up to in the great outdoors by clicking here to read the PowerPoint presentation they sent through.

Would you like to know more about Culbokie Fun Club? Take a look at the flyer they sent through. In includes information on how to book a child in, current prices, and what the children like about their club.


Having trouble reading the flyer? Click here to download it as a PDF.

CALA Community Support Workers

The following blog post was submitted by Louise Gibson, CALA Community Support Worker:

louise-gibson-blog-featuredThis is my first blog in the new post of Community Support Worker. This job mixes family support with Toddler Group support and can be quite challenging in terms of balancing time! Fortunately I’ve been able to mix some family support with Toddler visits a few times which can be really effective. My experience from the previous CALA project Making Time for Play has been invaluable in helping me support families and also giving toddler groups a little bit of inspiration in terms of activities as well hopefully.

The area I cover is West – from Kinlochewe in the south to Lochinver/ Scourie in the north. Apart from Ullapool, my Toddler groups are all pretty small, often operating from school nurseries. These are very fragile areas, in many cases with a decreasing school roll which makes the support families can access through Toddler groups even more important.

I have had a great deal of support from the Head (and only) teacher in Kinlochewe who actively promotes the Toddler group, giving it free use of the nursery in a bid to encourage families into the area. The group also welcomes the small number of P1 pupils to join activities if I am visiting. I guess my only comment would be that while it is great to have the use of nursery rooms, they do tend to be quite cramped as you can see from the photo where we struggled to get a space to play with gloop!

I think one of the biggest areas of support for Toddler groups as well as ongoing advice on a range of issues, is Bookbug. I’m sure others find that parents and carers are a little wary of leading a story/ singing session and having someone along who’s not afraid to belt out The Wheels on the Bus really gets the rest of the parents and children involved.

Developmental Overviews


The following update comes from ‘Early Learning and Childcare in Highland’ (https://elchighland.wordpress.com), a blog run by the Highland Council and designed to keep readers up-to-date with what’s happening in Early Learning and Childcare in Highland. 

Developmental Overviews

A reminder that the  deadline for sending in the Developmental Overviews is the end of May 2017.

Please check the following before sending (all of these have been issues in the past):

  • You are passing on to P1 teachers and sending in an up-to-date Overview.                 One completed in February will underestimate a child’s development!
  • That you are only sending Overviews for children in their pre-school year transitioning to Primary School.
  • That the sex of each child is clear – we analyse separately for boys and girls.
  • And mark whether the child is learning with English as Additional Language (EAL).
  • You are not sending in your only copy, but have one for the P1 teacher too.
  • That the copies are in colour so we can tell the difference between greens and yellows!
    • Incidentally, don’t worry about the differences between green and yellow – if in doubt, the item is not established, so use yellow.  Not both!

Copies should be sent to Emma Black, at Council HQ either:

By scanned email to [email protected]

By post to Emma Black, Highland Council HQ, Glenurquhart Rd, Inverness IV3 5NX

Any other means that works for individual settings

Supporting Positive Behaviour in Early Learning and Childcare

The following blog article was submitted by Norma Ruettimann , CALA Training Development Manager:


Twenty practitioner’s, teachers, staff and students from a range of local Early Learning and Childcare settings in the Buckie and surrounding areas came together at St. Peter’s Primary School to spend dedicated time to focus on ‘Supporting Positive Behaviour’ in ELC on their in-service day on Friday 19th May 2017.

Attendees considered their own values and expectations, exchanged experiences, listened to tutor presentation and discussed a variety of scenarios and strategies over the 2.5 hour session.

Many thanks to Christine Walker and her team for the warm welcome, well prepared set up and refreshments and to everyone present for their valuable contribution to the session.



Some of the evaluation feedback:

  • Excellent delivery of the course, lots of really good information.
  • More prepared to deal with behaviour challenges. Good to hear from others.
  • Distraction works!
  • Changing the environment (physical/physcological) can have a big impact on behaviour issues.
  • Never pre-judge. Also to look at the child’s background before assessing.
  • Interesting to hear other’s views on behaviours. Good to meet practitioners from different settings.
  • Everyone experiences problems but the ‘tool box’ offers solutions.
  • Observation ABC record and strategies toolkit will be really useful.
  • Replenish, change resources to meet pupils changing needs.
  • Remember to think how the child is feeling/why. Age and stage appropriate.
  • Reminded me to remember that the children are only three and are learning all the time when with us.


Culbokie Out of School Club – May Newsletter


Laura from Culbokie Fun Club has sent over their May newsletter. It features a red kite sighting, some chalk art and the children give their verdict on Pomegranate.

Click here to download the newsletter as a PDF.