Entries by David

Junior World Update

The ongoing commitment to providing a natural habitat for nature and the children’s sustained interest in gardening continues to provide a range of exciting learning experiences for children of all ages. The children have had the opportunity to watch things grow and try our grown vegetables & salads. Our wildflower gardens have brought an abundance […]

Highland Child Protection Committee – Safeguarding Self-Evaluation Tools

The Highland Child Protection Committee has made available a number of safeguarding self-evaluation tools. You can download them from the HCPC website:  Third Sector – Safeguarding Audit Tool Third Sector – Child Protection Self Evaluation and Action Plan Community Groups – Child Protection Self Evaluation Tool Watch our promotional video to learn more about the […]

Lochinver ELC’s KIMO Journey

The children at Lochinver ELC have recently been in the news and have put together a video to share with us how their work finally influenced their local harbour to join others in helping to reduce marine litter. Below is part of the press release which gives a little bit of background. You can read […]

Upcoming training: Nurturing Development through Music and Movement

Would you like to know more about how you can develop children’s creativity, confidence and self-esteem through music and movement? Then don’t miss this interactive learning session for those working with 0-8 year old children. Locations and dates Tuesday, 10th September 2019, Kintail House, Inverness 6.30 – 9 pm  Thursday, 12th September 2019, West Highland […]

Bookbug’s Big Picnic

BookBug, Debbie and I took our painting kits, Song Band and Storybook along to our Lybster and Miller Family Centre peep Groups, where everyone took part in our fun-filled joint session for “Bookbug’s Big Picnic peep Adventure”. We Set out the paints, brushes, boxes and paper, and let the children be creative, giving them the […]

We are now taking bookings for the 2019 CALA Conference

We are delighted to announce we are now taking bookings for the 2019 CALA Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Childcare Heroes: Inspiring practitioners and the impact they have on children, families and communities‘. If you’ve already read enough, and you’re ready to book, please visit https://careandlearning.typeform.com/to/D4djlP to register your place. Pricing We have […]

Scotland’s first statement on transitions published

The following update comes courtesy of Early Years Scotland:  Scotland’s first National Position Statement on Transitions has been published.  Early Years Scotland was one of several key organisations involved in developing and preparing the statement, and Chief Executive, Jean Carwood-Edwards, a contributing author. The statement highlights the importance of planning for and managing transitions, mainly […]

Children’s hydration campaign – Think2DrinkH2O

The following information comes from the ‘Think2Drink H2O Campaign’, promoted by NHS Scotland:  “Think2DrinkH20 promotes the importance of hydration related to children and young people. Getting the right amount of water can make a difference to the way we all feel, think and function and it is vital that children drink enough fluid to maintain […]

Introducing CALA’s Interactive Committee Induction Pack

Care and Learning Alliance are pleased to offer an interactive induction pack to our committee-run group members. The induction pack is intended to help new members of the committee to understand their role as charity trustees and to be informed as effective committee members.  The presentation features short videos and interactive features, making it a […]

Early learning and childcare – National induction resource

The Scottish Government have published the ‘National Induction Resource for ELC’  A comprehensive tool to support robust induction for new starts in ELC as we progress with 1140 hours expansion.  Download the resource from https://hub.careinspectorate.com/media/3528/early-learning-and-childcare-national-induction-resource.pdf

Looking back at Volunteers’ Week Scotland

Scottish Volunteers’ Week took place last week, from the 1st to the 7th of June. It was a chance for organisations across Scotland to celebrate the fantastic contribution that volunteers make to society.  At CALA, we have been lucky to have had some wonderful volunteers over the years – people who give up their free […]