Entries by David

SSSC Guidance – Raising concerns in the workplace

The Care Inspectorate has released a new guidance document, containing information on what to do if you have a workplace concern. The paragraphs are taken from the introduction of the guidance:  “Working in social services means you care for some of our most vulnerable citizens. Your position on the front line whether you are an […]

Best Start Grant

  Best Start Grant is three cash payments that you can apply for if you’re a parent or a carer. You can get these payments: if you have a child who’s the right age for a payment whether you’re in work or not, as long as you’re on certain payments or tax credits Find out […]

The Bookbug App

Scottish Book Trust have released a Bookbug app, allowing parents and practitioners to access songs, rhymes and new words on their phone. The following description comes from the Bookbug website:  “Download our free Bookbug app to share songs and rhymes on the go, look up new words or make up your own songs and rhymes […]

Meet CALAs Childminding Coordinators

Did you know that Care and Learning Alliance has two dedicated Childminding Coordinators? When you sign up for CALA childminding membership, you will receive support from either Norma or Donna, both of whom have years of childminding experience. When it comes to childminding, they’ve ‘been there and done that’, and are eager to share what […]

Child Protection Bulletin – Issue 5

The fifth edition of the Child Protection Bulletin is now available to download. It features information on: What to do if you have a child protection concern Adverse Childhood Experiences Child Sexual Exploitation Useful websites and telephone numbers And much more. Click here to download the bulletin.

Announcing the latest FREE course on the CALA E-Learning Zone: ‘What makes a good chronology?’

We are pleased to announce the launch of the latest free e-learning module ‘What makes a good chronology?’ Get started by visiting the CALA E-Learning Zone and adding ‘What makes a good chronology?’ to your basket.  This short, interactive module developed in partnership with the Highland Child Protection Committee (with multi-agency input), is designed for […]

The staff and children at Junior World reflect on this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme

In recognition of Mental Health Week, the children of Junior World were discussing this year’s theme of ‘Body Image’. They used the opportunity to reflect and think about how they feel about their own bodies and expressed their thoughts and ideas creatively through drawings. “I’m happy with my image although if someone is watching I am a bit […]

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 Play

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 […]