Bookbug’s Big Giggle at Alness Little Storks

The following blog post was submitted by Monika Maleszka-Ritchie, CALA Bi-lingual Coordinator:

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This year’s Bookbug Week was celebrated at the Alness Little Storks. The theme was ‘Bookbug’s Big Giggle’, which we shared with lots of cool songs and rhymes.

Although Alness Little Storks is a Polish group, everybody got giggling with ‘We are going on the Bear Hunt’, which was chock full of silliness and fun. We have been walking though water (“splishy sploshy” / “pluskpluskplusk”) and through woods made of sticks. We have been tiptoeing on the grass and crushing tissue paper and tin foil to make lots of funny noises.

Cotton balls are always funny – and they also make great snow, so soft and not cold at all! Eventualy we met a bear in the dark cave – and even though he was not scary at all, we ran as fast as we could all the way home. Remember, having a giggle and being a wee bit silly (zwariowani in Polish) is really important in promoting positive mental health in babies and children… even their parents and carers too!

Book your place at the 2017 CALA Conference!

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We are now accepting bookings for the 2017 CALA Conference! 

To book, please go to: https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/conference-booking-form.html to fill out a quick form.

Places cost £25 per person. We accept the following payment methods: online using credit/debit card, over the phone using debit/credit card, cheque, or BACS transfer.


Conference Details

When: Thursday 28th September, 2017, 09:30am.

Where: Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church, Wellside Road, Balloch, Inverness.

We have chosen the theme of ‘Workforce Development’ as a highly topical, national focus as we work with partners to build capacity to meet the forthcoming increase in quality flexible early learning and childcare by 2020, when the Scottish Government will offer 1140 hours of funded ELC for all three and four year olds and eligible 2 year olds in Scotland.

We are delighted to confirm that this year’s keynote speaker will be James Hempsall OBE. James is a National Support Director for the Department of Education’s ‘Achieving Two Year Olds’ (A2YO) and has worked in a wide variety of roles in the childcare sector for over 25 years, including working at strategic and operational level with local authorities across England to support implementation of government childcare policy.

Learn more about the 2017 CALA Conference by visiting our conference page, which includes a full biography of James Hempsall OBE.


Book your place now!

It’s Bookbug Week!

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The theme of this year’s BookBug week is ‘Bookbug’s Big Giggle’, and events are taking place throughout Scotland to celebrate. CALA’s Toddler Team have been getting in on the action, and we will be sharing their experiences on the blog soon.

Here’s how you can get involved in Bookbug Week:

Click here to find out what events are taking place near you. 

Keep an eye on Bookbug’s Facebook page for news and competitions throughout the week.

Learn more about Bookbug Week and by visiting the BookBug website, which features ideas you can try at home.

Upcoming Training: an Introduction to Aspects of Play into Practice

We are offering an exciting opportunity for those working with children in Out of School Care and childminders in Highland! We invite you to attend one or more of a series of four FREE practical workshops adapted from our ‘Play into Practice’ course.

Where: Balloch Baptist Church, Wellside, Balloch, IV2 7GS

When: Thursday 1st June, Thursday 8th June, Thursday 15th June, Wednesday 21st June.

To book: Call 01463 73033 or email: [email protected]

For more information, take a look at the following flyer:

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

#OpeningDoors project ‘highly commended’ by Scottish Social Services Awards

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CALA’s #OpeningDoors project has been ‘highly commended’ by the Scottish Social Services Awards, for the fantastic work Kirsty Hunter does in mentoring and supporting young people as they embark on a career in childcare. If you’ve read Kirsty’s frequent #OpeningDoors blog posts, you’ll know she’s often on the road, promoting childcare careers to young people across Highland.

Learn more about #OpeningDoors:


Congratulations Kirsty on this well deserved recognition! 🙂

North Kessock Red Kites – May Newsletter

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Debbie has sent through North Kessock Red Kites’ May Newsletter. It includes a little introduction to the staff team, the fee paying policy, dates for your diary, and more.

Download the newsletter by clicking here [MS Word].

Debbie also sent through a parent consultation form, in order to get a better idea of what dates parents would prefer for summer holiday opening dates. Download the consultation form by clicking here [MS Word].

Still places available at ‘Promoting Positive Behaviour’ training event

We still have places available for our upcoming training event: ‘Promoting Positive Behaviour’. The event will take place on Wednesday 17th May at Merkinch Community Centre, Inverness. To book, please email [email protected] or telephone 01463703033. For more information take a look at the event flyer:

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The Children and Staff of Junior World go on a Bear Hunt

The following blog article was submitted by Alison Morrison Smith:

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We asked our children to pick a book for us to focus on as our interest, and they picked “We’re going on a Bear Hunt”. The Gruffalo was a close second so this will be our next book if this is still the children’s choice. We have an age range of 2 year olds to 5 year olds in our Daycare. To ensure we were including all our children, we split the ages in to two groups and completed mind maps to gather ideas.

Click here to download the full report [PDF]

Toddler Link – May 2017

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Mairianne has sent over this term’s Toddler Link Newsletter. It features articles on Bookbug, the advantages of CALA membership, and advice on making your home more energy efficient.

Download the newsletter by clicking here. 

CALA Conference 2017 – Workforce Development: Today’s Children are Tomorrow’s Future

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We will be hosting our annual conference in Inverness on Thursday 28th September, 2017. We have chosen the theme of ‘Workforce Development’ as a highly topical, national focus as we work with partners to build capacity to meet the forthcoming increase in quality flexible early learning and childcare by 2020, when the Scottish Government will offer 1140 hours of funded ELC for all three and four year olds and eligible 2 year olds in Scotland.

We are delighted to confirm that this year’s keynote speaker will be James Hempsall OBE. James is a National Support Director for the Department of Education’s ‘Achieving Two Year Olds’ (A2YO) and has worked in a wide variety of roles in the childcare sector for over 25 years, including working at strategic and operational level with local authorities across England to support implementation of government childcare policy.

In his keynote speech James will tell us about the latest developments and ongoing expansion in Early Learning and Childcare and share examples from a variety of types of provision across the country to help inform our thinking and forward planning to implement ‘Blueprint for 2020: Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland’.

Learn more about the 2017 CALA Conference by visiting our conference page, which includes a full biography of James Hempsall OBE.


Save the Date: Thursday 28th September, Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church, Inverness.

Scotland’s First ‘Play Convention’ – Thursday 5th October in Edinburgh

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

Upcoming Training: Play and Learning into Practice (PLiP)

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There are still places available for our upcoming training course: Play and Learning into Practice (PLiP), which takes place at Merkinch Community Centre, Inverness.


Where

  • Merkinch Community Centre, Inverness.

When

  • Tuesday 16th May 2017
  • Tuesday 23rd May 2017
  • Tuesday 30th May 2017
  • Tuesday 6th June 2017
  • Tuesday 13th June 2017
  • Tuesday 20th June 2017

9. 45a.m – 4p.m each day. Lunch is provided.

Booking

To book a place on this training, please call our Inverness office on 01463 703033, or email [email protected]

Click here to download the training flyer and booking form. 


We hope to see you there!