Children who Experience Trauma in Early Childhood – a presentation by Dan Hughes


Are you interested in finding out more about how trauma experienced by children in their early years affects the brain? Then you may find it worth watching a video presentation on the subject by Dan Hughes, creator of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Attachment-Focused Family Therapy. The full presentation ‘How Early Years Trauma Affects the Brain’ (53 minutes) is available on, alternatively there is a shorter (15 minutes) version on

Norma Ruettimann – Training Development Manager

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Nessie’s Nippers visit the Floral Hall in Inverness and learn all about fish


The children at Nessie’s Nippers voted for a trip to the Floral Hall in Inverness as their end of term trip in June. They had been learning about the Sea and were particularly interested in Fish. Using technology, they had been learning how fish move, their colour, size and shape. They had tasted different types of seafood at snack time, and expressed their ideas as they explored the anatomy, smell and feel of a whole fish from the supermarket:

‘it has a tongue’, ‘how does it breathe?’, ‘it smells disgusting!’

Seeing fish in action at the Floral Hall was a great way to support their discoveries and their project to create a tank full of fish for the interest table. The children were also excited to explore the other different environments at the Floral Hall recalling previous learning about the Desert and Rainforest. What a great learning experience and wonderful time for us all.

You can share in the children’s discoveries by clicking on the link below.

From Deanne and Lorraine


Gateway Newsletter – August 2017


The August edition of the CALA Gateway Newsletter is out. The CALA Gateway scheme offers employment guidance and support to assist voluntary committees responsible for the management of Partner Centres and Out of School Clubs.

The newsletter contains advice on SSSC registration fees, training opportunities, data protection, and more.

Click here to download the August Gateway Newsletter

Upcoming Training: Technologies for Early Learning and Childcare


This is a Highland Council CPD course for all practitioners working in Highland with children aged 0-5 years.

Taking account of Education Scotland’s recently published ‘Benchmarks – Technologies’ including refreshed outcomes and experiences, this session aims to give staff confidence in delivering Technologies in the early level – helping to allay any potential fears or misconceptions!

We will share ideas which offer children daily opportunities to engage with every day, technology-related items and extend their learning in line with national guidance, principles and practice.

We will explore ways to provide interactive, age and stage appropriate opportunities to support interdisciplinary learning, including early maths, numeracy and problem solving.

Dates and Times

Inverness (Millburn Academy) – Tuesday 5th September 2017, 1.30pm -4pm

Strathpeffer Community Centre – Wednesday 6th September 2017 – 1.30pm-4pm

Kyleakin Community Hall – Tuesday 12th September 2017 – 1.30pm-4pm

Wick – Peoples Town Pultney Centre – Thursday 14th September 2017 – 1.30pm-4pm

Booking Information

To register, go to: or contact the CALA Inverness office on 01463 703033 for further information.

The course will be delivered by Care and Learning Alliance.

The An t-Alltan 2017 Conference for Gaelic teachers and Early Years staff


The An t-Alltan 2017 conference for Gaelic teachers and Early Years staff will be held in the
MacDonald Aviemore Conference Centre, on 27 & 28 September.

Practitioners are invited to register for this conference, organised by Stòrlann. Education Scotland will also be delivering workshops which focus on the use of Benchmarks; e-Sgoil’s offer for the secondary Gaelic Medium curriculum and the use of self-evaluation to achieve excellence and equity.

Learn more and register here.