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CALA Family Services and Bookbug

The Scottish Book Trust, home of Bookbug, states “Bookbug is Scotland’s universal early year’s book gifting programme and aims to inspire a love of stories, songs and rhymes from birth.”  Throughout their early years, every child should receive four Bookbug bags containing books, and other resources which facilitate families to share songs and rhymes and […]

CPL Opportunity for Practitioners working in OSC /Childminders in Highland

Introduction to Play Practice – 1-hour online session. As part of Highland Council’s CPD staff development programme, CALA will be delivering a 1-hour online session on ‘Introduction to Play Practice’. These sessions are suited to practitioners working with children in Out of School Care, Breakfast or Holiday Clubs and childminders in Highland. Date: Wednesday 17th […]

Staying connected

Culbokie Out of School Club Our responsive practitioners at Culbokie Fun Club shared how they had facilitated the children’s idea to show they were mindful of others by making small gifts and notes which they posted to friends so they would know they were thinking of them. This followed on from their discussions from children’s […]

Update from Scottish Government – Re-opening of ELC

Stated by the Scottish Government: The First Minister today announced the Scottish Government’s intention that childcare settings can re-open to all pre-school children from 22nd February. This is subject to continued progress in suppressing the virus and will be subject to final confirmation in two weeks’ time. The Scottish Government has issued a letter to […]

CALA 500

As part of CALA’s ongoing Health and Wellbeing programme, some of the CALA team have come together to participate in our very own CALA 500! Their aim was to work together to collectively collate their daily cycling, walking, running miles to see if they could complete 500 miles together between the 18th of January and […]

Enrolment Week

Enrolment week for Early Learning and Childcare settings will take place from the 8th to 12th February 2021. Children born between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2019 are entitled to a funded Early Learning and Childcare place. CALA has some available spaces in our settings throughout Highland. Click here for further details of setting […]

Funding Support for Eligible Childminders

Scottish Government have announced funding to support childminders business sustainability. Scottish Government state: Grants of up to £1,000 each will be made to eligible childminding providers, and work is now underway with the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) to finalise the details of the scheme. Further information on how to apply will be published shortly. Alongside […]

Update – Scottish Government

In the latest update today, the Scottish Government announced that the current closures of ELC settings will remain in place until at least mid-February due to the COVID-19 rates remaining high.   Nurseries & regulated childcare providers should continue to open to key worker/vulnerable children only.   Childminders can continue to stay open operating in […]

Scot Gov – (COVID-19): financial support to childcare sector

The Deputy First Ministers announcement today included information on financial support for childcare providers.   This information applies to private and third sector childcare providers and childminders and sets out the range of business and financial support that has been made available to the childcare sector.   Access this and other relevant guidance on our […]

Updates from Scottish Government

Childminders There are no changes for childminders following yesterday’s announcement from the First Minister, Childminders can continue to operate as normal under Level 4 guidance, ie to all children, not only key workers and vulnerable children.   The FM’s statement applies only to extending supplementary guidance for daycare of children’s services including out of school […]

Christmas wishes from CALA

As we come to the end of what has been a particularly challenging and unprecedented year which with last week’s news of the need for tighter restrictions – this will no doubt bring further challenges for us all. Despite this, everyone here at CALA is incredibly heartened by the resilience, dedication, and spirit shown by […]