Junior World in Nairn – Summer Holidays Out of School Care

If you’re looking for Out of School Care for your children in the summer holidays in the Nairn area, take a look at Junior World’s summer holiday planner. To reserve a place, please download the booking form and hand it in to the centre.

Click here to download the planner.

Click here to download the booking form. 

Summer Holidays Out of School Care – Drakies and North Kessock

With the summer holidays fast approaching, we would like to draw your attention to the Out of School Care offered by Care and Learning Alliance.

You can get a full list of CALA’s Out of School Clubs by following this link: https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/our-services/out-of-school/

Below you will find Summer Holiday information for Drakies OOSC and North Kessock Red Kites:

Drakies Out of School Care

Click here to download the Drakies OOSC Holiday Planner

North Kessock Out of School Club

Click here to download the North Kessock OOSC Summer Holiday Planner

Click here to download the North Kessock OOSC Summer Holiday Booking Form


If you need any more information about our Out of School options, click here to be taken to the ‘Out of School Care’ section of our website.

Upcoming CALA Training: ‘The Value of Play based on the Playtypes Toolkit’ – Inverness, Thurso, Fort William, Elgin

This is a FREE Training available to all CALA members and practitioners working in CALA managed settings.

Subject to availability, non-members are welcome at a cost of £12.50 per person, payable at time of booking.

Book online by following this link.

Dates and Times

  • Thurso: Tuesday 29th May Weigh Inn; 6.30 – 9 pm
  • Elgin: Thursday 31st May Elgin High School; 6.30– 9 pm
  • Inverness: Wednesday 6th June Kintail House; 6.30-9 pm

Booking Details

You can book online by pressing the button below:

Or simply call our Inverness office on 01463 222569.

The Latest News from Lochinver ELC – Litter Hotspot

The media recently highlighted pilots identifying litter hotspots around the coast and using aerial photography to identify litter on remote or un-accessible beaches.

The children of Lochinver Early Learning Centre don’t have planes or fancy cameras but, with a determination and stamina beyond their years, they discovered large amounts of litter on a cove rarely visited. With the help of volunteers, Ken Fairchild, Fiona Saywell, Sarah and Chantelle Farmer, they revisited the beach to try and clean up. This was extremely difficult! The rope and net has been there for several years and the vegetation had grown through.

Once bagged the question remained, how to transfer it from the shore? Harbour Master Joe MacKay and James Macaskill to the rescue! It took two trips with the boat to transfer all the rubbish, which included a large float.

Lochinver ELC would like to thank all those mentioned above for their help. Equally well done to the children of the ELC, you are superheroes!

Our Indoor Garden

The children have been busy this last term creating an indoor garden. Please have a look at our video to see how they have achieved this.

Press the image below to play the video!


The Child Protection Toolkit

The Highland Child Protection Committee’s ‘Child Protection Toolkit‘ is an invaluable resource for third sector organisations and community groups in Highland.  Some of the topics covered in the toolkit include:

  • Recruitment of Staff and Volunteers
  • Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Act 2007
  • Transporting children and young people
  • Photographing, videoing and filming
  • Dealing with a Child Protection Situation
  • A sample Child Protection Policy

These are just a few of the topics covered in the toolkit.

If your workplace is involved in the care of children, it is highly recommended you download the toolkit, and keep it on your computer to act as a reference for child protection matters.

Download the Toolkit

There are two versions of the toolkit available to download:

Click here to download the Child Protection Toolkit and Guidance for Third Sector Organisations

Click here to download the Child Protection Toolkit for Community Groups

Who are the Highland Child Protection Committee?

Highland Child Protection Committee is a multi-agency partnership responsible for:

  • Raising public awareness of child protection issues
  • Co-ordinating prevention activities with children and their families
  • Providing child protection guidance and training
  • Implementing national child protection initiatives
  • Assuring the quality of responses to child protection issues

New childcare careers website launched

The following update comes from the SSSC:


Today sees the launch of a new website designed to encourage people to consider taking up a career in childcare. The Scottish Social Services Council website shows how someone can build a career in day care of children, which includes early learning and childcare (ELC), out of school care, childminding and other services where children are cared for during the day.

Childhood experiences last a lifetime and we need a skilled, confident workforce to make sure all children have the best start. With big increases planned for funded ELC in Scotland there’s never been a better time to start a career in childcare.

Our new easy to use website explains:

  • how the recent increase of funded ELC entitlement has created 11,000 more job opportunities between now and 2020
  • the diversity of career paths, shown through the career stories of current childcare professionals
  • the different ways to gain experience and qualifications
  • how to access learning resources and training providers

Working with children is fun, interesting and an opportunity to make a significant difference. We hope that anyone interested in this career can use the website to help make their first steps. For those already working in childcare we hope it gives some inspirational ideas about where their career might take them next.

We developed the website in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, the Care Inspectorate and Smarter Scotland (Scottish Government).

Visit the website at http://learn.sssc.uk.com/childcarecareers