Entries by David

ELC National Induction Resource

Scottish Government’s national induction resource for people joining the early learning and childcare workforce sets out how you can expect your employer to support you in your new role and includes links to the range of national resources which are available to support you. Download the resource on the SSSC website by clicking here. 

Words Up – Early Key Messages Monitoring Tool

The following update comes from the Highland Literacy blog:  Following engagement with the Words Up Early (Level 1) Key Messages Training there has been guidance developed by education practitioners and speech and language therapists to support practitioners to embed the Words Up Early Key messages in their practice. This guidance has been shared recently with practitioners in […]

Upcoming Training – Gender Equal Pay

This upcoming training is an opportunity to support your implementation of key aspects of the Care Inspectorate guidance, ‘Gender Equal Play, 2018’. Dates and locations: Inverness, Kintail House – Tuesday 4th June Wick, Pultney Centre – Wednesday 5th June Elgin, Elgin Academy – Monday 10th June Fort William, West Highland College – Wednesday 12th June […]

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 […]

#lovefromCALA Cheque Presentation

Care and Learning Alliance (CALA) handed over cheques totalling almost £3000 to two local charities following an incredible, energetic and innovative fundraising effort.  The money was raised during CALA’s first annual ‘#lovefromCALA’ day on February 14th which saw children, staff, parents and other supporters cycle, bake, walk, run, jump and dance as part of the […]

Playtime activities for travelling

With the summer holidays on the horizon, the Real Play Coalition has published a newsletter with some ideas for fun activities parents and children can play during long journeys. From the newsletter:  Keeping kids occupied during long journeys don’t have to be challenging. Why not take a look at some of our activities below? They’re […]

Upcoming training: ‘Developing Literacy and Numeracy Outdoors’ – choose from Elgin or Laurencekirk

This training is a practical, mostly outdoor learning opportunity where you will try out ways to provide rich learning experiences to support the development of young children’s literacy, numeracy and other skills.  You can choose to attend this training in either Elgin or Laurencekirk. Elgin: Date: Saturday 11th May Location: Winchester House, Elgin Time: 10am – 3pm […]

Upcoming Training: Technologies for Early Learning and Childcare

Course details:  7/5/19 – Dingwall Community Centre, Dingwall – 1.30 pm – 4 pm 14/5/19 – Wick Assembly Rooms, Wick, 1.30 pm – 4 pm 16/5/19 – Millburn Acadamy, Inverness, 1.30 pm – 4 pm Book now via the Highland Council CPD Calendar: https://highland.cpdservice.net/ “It’s so much more than digital!” In this course, you will: Explore the use of familiar, […]

‘Caring for Children Moving Alone’ – a free online course offered by FutureLearn

“Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children” is a free online course developed by the University of Strathclyde and accessible on the FutureLearn website.  Course information, as per the FutureLearn website:  This course is about the care and protection of unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children who are moving across and […]

HM Prison Inverness – Peep Progression Pathway qualifications for fathers (and their partners)

CALA Family Support Project Coordinator Mairianne Nairn has been helping deliver 13 weekly hour-long sessions peep sessions with fathers inside HMP Prison Inverness.  At the request of the Prison Governor, this is now the third time the programme has run.  The following quotes come from the father’s who took part in the programme:  “Peep’s had a […]