‘Unfeartie’ Conversation

Are you an ‘Unfeartie’?

To mark Children’s Parliament’s 21st birthday, the Children’s Parliament initiated the inspiring and brave band of’ Unfearties’. ‘’

‘Unfearties’ are individuals who are courageous in discussing children’s issues, are making a difference in children’s lives, and are willing to speak up for, and stand alongside, children.

Since 2017, more than 1000 people, including doctors, nurses, teachers, parents, carers, civil servants, local authority workers, third sector practitioners, United Nations deputy high commissioners, and even the First Minister of Scotland, have joined the movement’ (Children’s Parliament Website).

As part of the 25th birthday celebrations of the Children’s Parliament which coincide with World Children’s Day on the 20th November 2021, CALA will be holding a ‘Unfeartie Conversation’ to discuss Children’s Rights and what else we can do.

Join us for our ‘unfeartiness’ conversation on Thursday 18th November, 4 pm.

To receive the link to join, click here

Funding Follows the Child & the National Standard

CALA is looking to hear from ELC providers and childminders on moving towards full implementation of Funding Follows the Child and the National Standard.

Given the impacts of the pandemic, interim guidance giving some flexibilities to the standard was provided this year and CALA has been asked to consult with childcare providers on behalf of the ‘Scottish Government’s Childcare Sector Working Group’ who will be compiling a report based on your feedback and sharing it with the ‘ELC Joint Delivery Board’ to help inform on the timetable including sufficient notice to move to full implementation of the National Standard by the local authority and ELC providers.

 You can do this by:

Completing our online survey by clicking on the link below and complete no later than the end of the day on Thursday 4th November.


Alternatively, join us online on Wednesday 3rd November 2021 @ 4.45pm -5.15pm to discuss and share your views with fellow colleagues from the sector.

Click on the link below to sign up.


Your feedback will help to inform understanding of how to support the final steps towards the full implementation of Funding Follows the Child and the National Standard

Gender Equal Play

Children’s understanding of gender is influenced and reinforced from a very young age through interactions and experiences with family, culture, lifestyle, the media, education, childcare environments and the wider community.

As parents and or practitioners nurturing children, we are in a unique position to make a significant difference by considering both the physical and psychological environments and interactions we provide.

Would you like to know more about this?

Why not try CALA’s e-module for parents and practitioners working with children and young people. The module will support your understanding of how to support gender equality through nonbiased practice with young children.

The module is a mixed media presentation that will guide you through key messages in a clear, straightforward and interesting way. Video, audio, simple interactive tasks, links to national and relevant guidance, along with suggested further reading are suggested are used to explain and illustrate important learning points and consolidate your learning.

To find out more visit www.calaelearning.co.uk