Flexible, part-time work opportunities with CALA Staffbank

Are you looking for flexible, part-time work opportunities with total control over when & where you work?


Do you have a few hours to spare during the week? Do you enjoy working with children? Do you have a skill or interest such as reading, sport or arts & crafts which you could share with local children whilst supporting children’s learning and earning at the same time?


CALA Staffbank currently have vacancies in your area for men & women of all ages to work as:

RELIEF CHILDCARE PRACTITIONERS

£7.85 – £8.40 per hour


You could work as a relief childcare practitioner in a variety of settings (e.g. creche, nursery, playgroup, primary school or out of school club) on an ‘as & when required’ basis to cover additional events, staff annual leave, sickness absence, training etc. Duties include offering quality early years/out of school provision meeting and supporting the development needs of the children. Training opportunities and support are available. We comply with all SSSC requirements.


Tax-Free Childcare

The following information was sent to us by Childcare Choices, which is part of HMRC:


Tax-Free Childcare is a new government scheme to help parents with the cost of childcare; allowing parents to work, or work more if they want to.

Parents can apply for Tax-Free Childcare through the childcare service – a new online application. Once parents have opened their account for every £8 that families pay in, the government will pay in £2, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children). This can then be spent on regulated childcare.

To be eligible, parents must be in work (including self-employment) and each earning at least £120 per week and not more than £100,000 per year.

Rollout of the childcare service

Tax-Free Childcare was launched last April and is being opened gradually starting with parents of the youngest children first. Parents whose youngest child is 6 years old or younger on Friday 24 November can apply now.

Over the coming months, HMRC will gradually open the childcare service to parents of older children, whilst continuing to make further improvements to the system. All eligible parents will be able to apply by the end of March 2018. Parents can register to get a notification of when they can apply for Tax-Free Childcare here: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/childcare-schemes-interest/welcome.

Parents can apply online via the childcare service at: https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/par/app/applynow

Supporting parents with their childcare decisions

HMRC have created the Childcare Choices website to help parents find out about what government support with the cost of childcare they may be entitled to. The website includes a link to an easy-to-use childcare calculator where parents can enter details about their personal circumstances to see what government support is best for them. The website is available at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

The Childcare Choices website also includes a page for childcare providers. This offers information on Tax-Free Childcare, as well as a toolkit of communications materials including emails, social media content and posters available for their use. The provider page is available at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/providers/

Signing-up for Tax-Free Childcare as a childcare provider

HMRC are encouraging all regulated childcare providers to sign-up for Tax-Free Childcare now so they are able to receive payments from parents through the scheme.

All regulated childcare providers in the UK have been sent an invitation to sign-up for Tax-Free Childcare. For providers who have lost their letter, they can request a new one by calling the helpline available on 0300 123 4097.

Culbokie Fun Club – Kindness, Anti-Bullying, and a Trip to the Woods

The children of Culbokie Fun Club have been learning about the importance of kindness. They did things like make a kindness pledge, awarded ‘kindness certificates’ and made a ‘kindness mind map’.

They also discussed bullying, and how everyone has a part in making sure it doesn’t happen.

Download a Powerpoint presentation that shows off the amazing work Culbokie Fun Club have been doing around the topics of kindness and anti-bullying.

“If you can be anything, be kind!”


Culbokie Fun Club have also been exploring in the woods. Find out what they got up to by downloading their Powerpoint presentation.

Evening Workshop for Childminders – Fort William, Inverness or Elgin (December 2017)

To book a place on this FREE training, please use our handy online booking form: http://careandlearningalliance.co.uk/training/childminder-workshops.html, or telephone our Inverness office on 01463 703033.

Are you having trouble reading the flyer? Click here to download it as a PDF.

 

Upcoming Free Training: Moving Forwards with Floorbooks (Strathpeffer)

This course is FREE and available to all CALA members and practitioners working in CALA managed centres.

The course will help practitioners to:

  • Promote the involvement and participation of children in their learning.
  • Develop an understanding of the criteria for an effective floor book.
  • Show how the use of floor books can help children plan their own next steps in learning.

Date and time: Tuesday 5th December 2017, 2 pm – 4.30pm.

Location: Strathpeffer Community Centre, Strathpeffer.


To book, use our handy online booking form: https://tinyurl.com/ydcznwgl, or call our office on 01463 703033.

Not a member? Take a look at the benefits of CALA membership: https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/membership/

Take a look at the other training courses we have coming up: http://careandlearningalliance.co.uk/training/training.html

Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play

Play Scotland drew our attention to a recent blog article, on the subject of risky play. The article is titled ‘Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play‘ and discusses how research shows risky play “increases physical activity, social skills, risk management skills, resilience and self-confidence. ” Access the article by clicking here. 

Muir Of Ord EYC are having their Christmas Fayre this Saturday

Michele has been in touch to let us know about a Christmas Fayre that Muir of Ord EYC are holding. Michele says:


It’s going to be a busy day

Look at all the things we’ve made

Advent Calendars, Festive crayons

Santa’s letters and decorations

Come and join in the fun

The run-up to Christmas has begun!

We have our Christmas Fayre on Saturday 25th November and we are raising funds so that we can all go to the Panto. Please come along and support us.

Are you a childminder, or interested in becoming one? Come along to our Childminder Workshop in Wick

Care and Learning Alliance are pleased to announce a free evening workshop for childminders, taking place in Wick on Thursday, November 30th, from 6.30pm – 8.00pm.

Through a blend of interactive tasks, discussion and video clips the workshop will provide an opportunity for childminders to raise their awareness of the Care Inspectorate’s newly issued resource ‘Your childminding journey: a learning and development resource

To book a place at the workshop, please use our handy online booking form: http://careandlearningalliance.co.uk/training/childminder-workshop-wick.html

Or, if you’d like to know more information, please download the workshop flyer.

New resource for 4-7 year olds – Thinkuknow needs you!

The following update comes from Thinkuknow, an organisation that delivers education and raises awareness of online child exploitation and abuse:

Work with children aged 4-7 and/or their parents/carers?

Thinkuknow are developing a brand new resource for 4 to 7 year olds and we would like to hear from you…
Children are using technology and exploring the online world from a younger age. Thinkuknow are developing a new resource to help build young children’s resilience online and give them the skills to explore all the digital world has to offer safely.

We need a comprehensive picture of the online behaviour of 4-7 year olds and hope you can help us by completing our Professionals survey and promoting our Parents/Carers survey.

Work with children aged 4-7 and/or their parents/carers?

Thinkuknow are developing a brand new resource for 4 to 7 year olds and we would like to hear from you…
Children are using technology and exploring the online world from a younger age. Thinkuknow are developing a new resource to help build young children’s resilience online and give them the skills to explore all the digital world has to offer safely.

We need a comprehensive picture of the online behaviour of 4-7 year olds and hope you can help us by completing our Professionals survey and promoting our Parents/Carers survey.

Professionals survey: Aimed at those working with children aged 4-7 years

We would like to hear from practitioners about what is most effective when educating children about online safety. Complete the professionals survey here.

 

An update from the CALA Training Team

The CALA Training Team have been busy as of late, travelling hundreds of miles and delivering training to childcare practitioners across Highland.

Corrina has produced a short report about the different types of training they have delivered recently. Access her report by clicking on the following link: https://sway.com/tE1aLlOrKgACXiQG?ref=Link

If you like the look of CALA training, why not take a look at our training schedule to see what we’ve got coming up.

Care Inspectorate’s new support tool: ‘Our Creative Journey’

We are delighted to announce that the Care Inspectorate have launched their latest support tool ‘Our Creative Journey’.

The guidance was developed involving a range of organisations, ELC and OSC providers from across Scotland and provides a comprehensive guide to help us support children’s creativity and a whole host of other skills. We are delighted to see several practice examples from our own CALA settings across Highland – many thanks to all those who contributed. Look out for related local area CALA training coming your way in Highland next term!

Click here to access ‘Our Creative Journey’ on the Care Inspectorate website. 

Corrina Shearer, Senior Training Officer