Learner Participation in Educational Settings (3-18)

The following blog article comes courtesy of Education Scotland: 


This newly published guidance and support materials from Education Scotland is to help schools and early years settings develop an understanding of learner participation and plan for implementation within their setting.

The guidance offers:

  • a clear definition of learner participation
  • principles for participation
  • the rationale and benefits of participation
  • an outline of the four arenas in which participation happens.

Also, complimenting the resource, are five film case studies which exemplify practice in the arenas and several other support documents.


Access the guidance by clicking here [PDF].

National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023

Bord na Gaidhlig has produced a new National Gaelic Language Plan. This sets out priorities for increasing the numbers speaking, learning and using the language.

Learn more and download the Language Plan by following this link: https://bit.ly/2vQIWpl

The CALA Blog

Good Morning everybody, I hope your Friday is off to a good start!

At CALA, we are always reflecting on the services we offer, and thinking of ways we can improve. Recently our minds have turned to the way in which we communicate. We are asking questions like:

  • Is the information we share relevant?
  • Are we sharing information too often? Not enough?
  • How do most people like to receive information from us? Via social media? Email?

To help us improve the way we communicate, we would be extremely grateful if you could take part in a short survey.

The answers to this survey will help shape the way we do things in the future and give us a flavour of how people like to receive information in 2018.

To take part in the survey, please go to: https://admin.typeform.com/form/pOET1D/create

Thank you!

GDPR training and networking event – Inverness Caledonian Thistle Stadium (9th May 2018)

The following blog update comes from the Federation of Small Businesses newsletter:


GDPR: Hear From The Experts! – Inverness Caledonian Thistle Stadium
Wednesday 9th May 2018 11.00 to 14.45  

Still worried about GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and what it means for you and your business? 

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then you should join us in the Inverness Caledonian Thistle Stadium for a highly informative and helpful session with FSB experts. 

The most important change to data privacy laws in 20 years, GDPR will come into force on the 25th of May and it will touch every business

In addition to presentations, there will be plenty of time to ask questions and to network with other businesses in the same boat. 

For full details on this FREE event and to BOOK, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fsbs-gdpr-grand-tour-tickets-45233524690

Please note that numbers are tight so booking is essential.

Golspie ELCC and their beautiful new mud kitchen

The following blog post comes from the staff of Golspie ELCC:

The boys and girls at Golspie ELC have been developing their outside area. They had a pond that they no longer used so, the children, parents and staff thought of ways that the pond could be changed to allow for a mud kitchen.

Here’s what the area looked like before…

The pond was filled in and then we had to make sure the ground was even, so we used soil to level it out.  Julie put a sheet down to try and make sure that no weeds would grow again before putting bark on top.

Parents began to donate and bring in pallets, old cable reels, pots and pans which we could use within this area.

The pallets were used to make the mud kitchen: we were so excited and could not wait for this to be built and here are some photos of it being made.

Once the mud kitchen had been built we put our playhouse and picnic table into the area.

The boys and girls love playing in their new play area and here are some of the things they have said: –

The children will gain valuable learning experiences which link to different areas of the curriculum including developing their numeracy, literacy, and social skills during role play and drama.

The children, and all of us, would like to thank everyone that helped make this possible especially the parents, local businesses and a local crofter who donated the bark and the generous donation of money which the centre received which will be used to help further develop the outside garden area.

Without your support and kindness this wonderful learning environment could not have been developed.

THANK YOU

Safeguarding and Child Protection (update from Education Scotland)

Information for practitioners is now available on the National Improvement Hub:

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Prevent Duty Guidance

https://education.gov.scot/improvement

Fort William PLiP Training – Last Chance to Book!

There are still places available for our upcoming free training in Fort William: Play and Learning into Practice (PLiP).

Fort William; Moorings Hotel – 26th April & 3rd May.

BOOKING WILL CLOSE THIS THURSDAY (19TH APRIL) AT 5 PM. 

9.45 a.m – 4 p.m each day. Lunch will be provided.

This is a FREE introductory two-day course for both new and inexperienced practitioners and experienced practitioners looking to refresh their skills and knowledge in the value of play and learning. Book your place by pressing the button below:

Course Outline

This training is free to ELC practitioners working in Highland as part of Highland Councils CPD staff development programme

The course provides a unique opportunity to access a brand new condensed version of our 6-day course and provides a wide range of practical learning experiences, knowledge on child development and an understanding of how to provide an effective early learning and childcare environment.

  • Introduction to child development and health and defining and meeting children’s changing needs. Gain an insight to the key areas of the Curriculum for Excellence.
  • Explore the value of active learning, developmental milestones, and related current national guidance.
  • Consider principal factors affecting children’s development and how these may have a positive or negative impact
  • Gain understanding of the value of play, and types and stages of play development. Explore adult interaction which supports high-quality play and learning.
  • Consider environments and experiences in ELC including indoor and outdoor learning environment, layout, resources and the benefits of facilitating reasonable risk in play.
  • Our practical workshops provide fun play and learning and will help to inspire you and put theory into practice! These include: Paint; Dough and Clay; Music and Movement; Physical and Energetic Play; Drama, Puppets and Role Play.

What past students have said about PLiP

“Amazing, lots of active learning. I enjoyed and learned a lot and took things back to work.”

It has made me a more confident key worker. I feel I know what I am talking about with child’s development.”

Booking Information

To book your place at this training, please fill out our online booking form by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can book by telephoning our Inverness office on 01463 222569.

Play Types Toolkit: bringing more play into the school day

The following update comes courtesy of our friends at Play Scotland

Play Scotland’s Play Types Toolkit is now available to download free from our website.
 
The Toolkit is for schools and education professionals, and others working with children in various settings. Playing is an integral part of children’s day in many educational and childcare settings.  Children play before the bell goes in the morning; at playtime and lunchtime; and after school ends.  Increasingly, playing is part of class time across Scotland too.  Educators are getting better at recognising the interconnections between playing, learning, growing, developing, being healthy and being happy.
 
For full details and to download click here
 
Note: Should you extract information from the Toolkit please reference this back to the publication and Play Scotland.

Update to previous blog post

Please note there was a mistake in the blog post about upcoming PLiP training. The training will take place on the 26th of April & 3rd of May, not the 26th of May as stated in the blog post. Sorry for the confusion.

Upcoming free childcare training in Fort William: ‘Play and Learning into Practice’ (PLiP)’ – 26th of April & 3rd of May

There are still places available for our upcoming free training in Fort William: Play and Learning into Practice (PLiP).

Fort William; Moorings Hotel – 26th April & 3rd May.

9.45 a.m – 4 p.m each day. Lunch will be provided.

This is a FREE introductory two-day course for both new and inexperienced practitioners and experienced practitioners looking to refresh their skills and knowledge in the value of play and learning. Book your place by pressing the button below:

Course Outline

This training is free to ELC practitioners working in Highland as part of Highland Councils CPD staff development programme

The course provides a unique opportunity to access a brand new condensed version of our 6-day course and provides a wide range of practical learning experiences, knowledge on child development and an understanding of how to provide an effective early learning and childcare environment.

  • Introduction to child development and health and defining and meeting children’s changing needs. Gain an insight to the key areas of the Curriculum for Excellence.
  • Explore the value of active learning, developmental milestones, and related current national guidance.
  • Consider principal factors affecting children’s development and how these may have a positive or negative impact
  • Gain understanding of the value of play, and types and stages of play development. Explore adult interaction which supports high-quality play and learning.
  • Consider environments and experiences in ELC including indoor and outdoor learning environment, layout, resources and the benefits of facilitating reasonable risk in play.
  • Our practical workshops provide fun play and learning and will help to inspire you and put theory into practice! These include: Paint; Dough and Clay; Music and Movement; Physical and Energetic Play; Drama, Puppets and Role Play.

What past students have said about PLiP

“Amazing, lots of active learning. I enjoyed and learned a lot and took things back to work.”

It has made me a more confident key worker. I feel I know what I am talking about with child’s development.”

Booking Information

To book your place at this training, please fill out our online booking form by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can book by telephoning our Inverness office on 01463 222569.