Use our new online training schedule to find out what training we have coming up

You can access our new training schedule by visiting the following link: http://careandlearningalliance.co.uk/training/training.html

The training schedule contains information on each of our upcoming training courses, as well as details on how to book.

Upcoming Training: Loose Parts

This is a FREE Training available to all CALA Members and practitioners working in CALA managed settings. Subject to availability non-members welcome at a cost of £10 per person payable at time of booking. Bookings to be made no later than 7days prior to the training date

To book a place at this training, please use our handy booking form: http://careandlearningalliance.co.uk/training/loose-parts.html

Places still available on: How Children Learn Through Play

This is a Highland Council CPD course for all practitioners working in Early Learning and Childcare and Early Level Primary.

In this course we will explore the powerful contribution play makes to children’s development and learning. Play is intrinsically motivated, the right of every child, often driven by curiosity and is therefore a key tool of learning. We consider children’s early development and share practice ideas on how best to support this through thoughtful, well-judged interactions, relationships, environments and experiences which support children’s independent exploration, discovery and learning through high quality play.

Kyleakin Community Hall – Tuesday 31st October 2017 – 9.30am-3.30pm.

Thurso (Caithness Horizons) – Wednesday 8th November 2017 – 9.30am – 3.30pm.

Booking your place for Kyleakin is essential by 3pm 24/10/17 to avoid course cancellation.

Bookings for Thurso by 1/11/17

To book, log on to the Highland Council CPD website, or telephone Highland Council CPD on 01463 702871

Upcoming Training: How Children Learn Through Play (Kyleakin & Thurso)

How Children Learn Through Play

This is a Highland Council CPD course for all practitioners working in Early Learning and Childcare and Early Level Primary.

In this course we will explore the powerful contribution play makes to children’s development and learning. Play is intrinsically motivated, the right of every child, often driven by curiosity and is therefore a key tool of learning. We consider children’s early development and share practice ideas on how best to support this through thoughtful, well-judged interactions, relationships, environments and experiences which support children’s independent exploration, discovery and learning through high quality play.

Kyleakin Community Hall – Tuesday 31st October 2017 – 9.30am-3.30pm.

Thurso (Caithness Horizons) – Wednesday 8th November 2017 – 9.30am – 3.30pm.

To book, log on to the Highland Council CPD website, or telephone Highland Council CPD on 01463 703184.

Upcoming Training: Technologies for Early Learning and Childcare

This is a Highland Council CPD course for all practitioners working 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.

Kyleakin Community Hall – Thursday 9th November 2017, 4.00pm-6.30pm.

Strathpeffer Community Hall – Wednesday 15th November 2017, 4.00pm-6.30pm

Booking Information

Visit http://highland.cpdservice.net/ or telephone Highland Council CPD on 01463 703184

CALA Training Team Attend Scotland’s First Play Convention

CALA Training Officer Corrina Shearer and Training Development Manager Norma Ruettimann are in Edinburgh today attending Play Scotland’s first ‘Play Convention’.

They were particularly taken by this quote from Bob Hughes on the importance of play for a child’s development:
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Bob Hughes: “play is probably the single most important thing children do apart from breathe”.

Recapping the CALA Conference 2017

On September 28th we held our annual conference. The theme this year was ‘Workforce Development: Today’s Children are Tomorrow’s Future’. It was a beautiful Autumn day at Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church, with people from across the ELC sector gathering together for a full day of speakers, workshops, networking, and a little bit of samba drumming.

We would like to thank everyone who came along and made it such a fun, informative day. We’d also like to thank our incredible guest speakers and workshop leaders, who made sure we all left the conference full of new ideas and information.

We have prepared an interactive report that summarises our 2017 Conference. Take a look here: https://sway.com/3JuHCgUMwzFg9UUj?ref=Link