Entries by David

Upcoming training: Needs, Connections and Development

Care and Learning Alliance are pleased to announce our upcoming training: ‘Needs, Connections and Development’.  Sessions will be taking place in Inverness and Elgin, both in March 2019. Please see our course flyer for more information.  Click here to book online. Book your place by filling out our online booking form, or telephone Rebecca on […]

Out to Play – Practical guidance for creating outdoor play experiences in early learning and childcare

This comprehensive guidance is full of useful tips, practical ideas and links to examples to support us to consider ways to ensure we provide children with the benefits of everyday outdoor play. This publication builds on and links with existing guidance including eg. My World Outdoors, Loose Parts Play, Building the Ambition, Pre-Birth to Three, CfE, The […]

SQA Early Learning and Childcare Resource

The SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) has developed a website that offers free resources designed to support learners studying for Early Learning and Childcare qualifications.  You can access the website by visiting: http://www.elcresource.co.uk/ There are sections on early baby, outdoor nurseries, pre-school, care experience, as well as information on careers in ELC. 

Lochinver ELC hunt for the perfect Christmas tree

The following blog post was submitted by the staff at Lochinver ELC:  The fun and learning opportunities when you go searching for a Christmas tree are endless. The children first had to think about where the tree would go and measure the space…. “with what?” Remembering the big number was tricky but it was the […]

“Food Matters” – A new resource from the Care Inspectorate (featuring Junior World)

Food Matters is a resource by the Care Inspectorate that highlights examples of good practice from across the ELC sector in relation to food and nutrition. The resource compliments NHS Health Scotland’s ‘Setting the Table‘, the nutritional guidance and food standards for the ELC sector.  You can view the resource on the Care Inspectorate website […]

CALA practitioner Elizabeth Reid presented with award by Drew Hendry MSP

Congratulations to Elizabeth Reid, Assistant Childcare Practitioner at Junior World in Nairn. Elizabeth recently received a Saltire Ascent Award for completing over 500 hours of voluntary work within her local community! Elizabeth has also been selected as a Saltire Ambassador by Signpost Inverness and Nairn.  Elizabeth expanded on her love of volunteering to us:  “It all started from a hobby […]

Kindness Calendar: Do Good December 2018

Action for Happiness has created an alternative advent calendar – one based on kindness. For every day of December, there is a suggested act of kindness.  Head over to their website to download a high-resolution version of the calendar and to learn more about it.  Action for Happiness describes themselves as “a movement of people committed […]

Only 2 days left to register for World Book Day!

Time is running out to register for World Book Day! Get your application in before 5 pm on the 30th of November, or risk missing out.  If you’re new to World Book Day, here’s what it’s all about (taken from their website):  “World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every […]

Have You Seen The Leaf monster? Autumn fun at Lochinver ELC

The abundance of autumn leaves blowing around at this time of year presents many fabulous and fun learning opportunities for children of all ages. Lochinver wanted to share some of their learning, developing their understanding about hibernation, using their imagination and creativity inspired through running around and making discoveries outdoors. The children at Lochinver ELC […]

Muir Of Ord ELC (MOO) welcomes MOO FOOD

The following blog article was submitted by Laura at Muir of Ord ELC : The staff and children at MOO invited Rachel from MOO FOOD to visit us in September to talk to the children and some parents about what they do as a group and some ideas of what we could do together here […]

Anti Bullying Week

12-16 November is anti-bullying week. Bullying is never acceptable and is something that can affect people of all ages. Those of us working in childcare have a real opportunity to help the children in our care to develop positive, respectful relationships with others. Respect Me, Scotland’s anti-bullying campaign has a range of information and resources […]