Seasons Greetings

The holiday period is finally here, and our settings are closed today for the holidays after a fun-filled time of Christmas festivities.

Here are a few of the experiences that have been happening around our settings, thanks to the innovative and solution-focused approaches from practitioners to ensure they continue to provide high-quality experiences for the children while keeping them safe and following COVID guidance.


 Junior World

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Junior World was very involved in our Intergenerational work. The children have missed their visits to the local Care homes, so a window visit was arranged, and children, staff and residents all had a sing-along.




Culbokie School Aged Childcare

Fun, fun, fun with children leading the all the way, including Christmas Mediation and Yoga, Snowflake lessons for friends and a design a Gingerbread Man competition.



Beechwood ELC

Our five Year 1 Foundation Apprentices put on an outdoor Pantomime for the children and staff, providing lots of opportunities for the children to sing and dance along!



With restrictions still in place, parents are still unable to attend settings to watch the children’s Christmas shows – however, practitioners arranged for shows to be filmed instead and these have been shared with parents.

Our office will be closed from Thursday 23rd December to Tuesday 4th January 2022.  If you are looking for fun play ideas to do over the holidays, don’t forget to check out the Play and Learning section of our website or visit the Parent Portal for information, guidance and contact details for services.

Everyone at Team CALA would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe festive period and warmest wishes for 2022.


The Power of play

With the continued challenging and uncertain times we are all still experiencing, we thought we would share with you a couple of examples from around our CALA settings of how play continues to remain steadfast in helping our children develop resilience, understanding of relationships, allowing them to experience positive feelings, and giving them the chance to develop their own solutions to problems to name but a few!

First, we have the children from our school-aged childcare setting at Culbokie sharing their experiences from last week.

Our Reay Under 5‘s group has recently moved premises to the Primary school. This transition for the children was supported by the consistency of play and learning experiences being provided. Here are some photos of the children happily engaged in exploring their new environment and finding all their familiar favourite play resources.

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