Entries by ICT Admin

Seasons Greetings

The holiday period is finally here, and our settings are closed today for the holidays after a fun-filled time of Christmas festivities. Here are a few of the experiences that have been happening around our settings, thanks to the innovative and solution-focused approaches from practitioners to ensure they continue to provide high-quality experiences for the […]

The Power of play

With the continued challenging and uncertain times we are all still experiencing, we thought we would share with you a couple of examples from around our CALA settings of how play continues to remain steadfast in helping our children develop resilience, understanding of relationships, allowing them to experience positive feelings, and giving them the chance […]

‘Unfeartie’ Conversation

Are you an ‘Unfeartie’? To mark Children’s Parliament’s 21st birthday, the Children’s Parliament initiated the inspiring and brave band of’ Unfearties’. ‘’ ‘Unfearties’ are individuals who are courageous in discussing children’s issues, are making a difference in children’s lives, and are willing to speak up for, and stand alongside, children. Since 2017, more than 1000 […]

Funding Follows the Child & the National Standard

CALA is looking to hear from ELC providers and childminders on moving towards full implementation of Funding Follows the Child and the National Standard. Given the impacts of the pandemic, interim guidance giving some flexibilities to the standard was provided this year and CALA has been asked to consult with childcare providers on behalf of […]

Gender Equal Play

Children’s understanding of gender is influenced and reinforced from a very young age through interactions and experiences with family, culture, lifestyle, the media, education, childcare environments and the wider community. As parents and or practitioners nurturing children, we are in a unique position to make a significant difference by considering both the physical and psychological environments […]

Keeping our planet safe

All CALA ELC and SAC settings ensure that through play-based learning and embedded in our vision, values and aims, children and young people have the opportunity to learn about caring for our planet. Many of our settings have been awarded their Eco-schools Green Flag. As part of their Eco Journey, the inspiring children and young […]

Barnardo’s Works Highlands & Islands

Bumps to Baby Steps Barnardo’s Works Highlands & Islands provides young people with a unique blend of personal support and accredited training, matched with quality work experience and the opportunity for sustainable, independent employment. Bumps to Baby Steps provides specific support for lone parents aged 16-24, with childcare and travel cost covered for the duration […]

Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe  Children across Scotland can face abuse, neglect, exploitation or harm. It’s not just up to the services to provide child protection services, everyone has a responsibility to keep children safe from harm. The Highland Child Protection Committee in partnership with Care and Learning Alliance (CALA) has a number of free-e-learning child protection-related […]

Updates: COVID-19: early learning and childcare services

Following the First Ministers statement on the 4/8/21, Scottish Government and Care Inspectorate have updated and issued further guidance for: Early Learning and Childcare provision Childminders School-Aged Childcare The Scottish Government has also published a checklist summarising the COVID-19 risk mitigations for ELC settings. The Scottish Government state: “This should not be used as a […]

New Guidance and Resources

Care Inspectorate: A quality framework for daycare of children, childminding and school-aged childcare This week the Care Inspectorate published their new quality framework for the daycare of children, childminding and school-aged childcare.   The primary purpose of the framework is for early learning and childcare (ELC) services to evaluate their own performance.  It will also be […]

Get into Summer

Supporting Parent, Baby & Toddler Groups Grant Early Years Scotland and the Care and Learning Alliance are excited to be administering a fund for Parent, Baby and Toddler Playgroups. This fund will support Parent, Baby and Toddler Playgroups to be part of the Get Into Summer Campaign. This is a fantastic opportunity for groups to […]

Pocket Garden – Junior World

  After being among the winners selected from the charity Keep Scotland Beautiful – Design a Pocket Garden competition, the children at Junior World are now putting their design into action and creating the garden!   The garden will be digitally showcased from Saturday the 5th of June 2021 and voting for your favourite pocket […]