Children who Experience Trauma in Early Childhood – a presentation by Dan Hughes

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Are you interested in finding out more about how trauma experienced by children in their early years affects the brain? Then you may find it worth watching a video presentation on the subject by Dan Hughes, creator of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Attachment-Focused Family Therapy. The full presentation ‘How Early Years Trauma Affects the Brain’ (53 minutes) is available on https://ddpnetwork.org/library/how-early-years-trauma-affects-the-brain/, alternatively there is a shorter (15 minutes) version on https://vimeo.com/153934150

Norma Ruettimann – Training Development Manager

Nessie’s Nippers visit the Floral Hall in Inverness and learn all about fish

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The children at Nessie’s Nippers voted for a trip to the Floral Hall in Inverness as their end of term trip in June. They had been learning about the Sea and were particularly interested in Fish. Using technology, they had been learning how fish move, their colour, size and shape. They had tasted different types of seafood at snack time, and expressed their ideas as they explored the anatomy, smell and feel of a whole fish from the supermarket:

‘it has a tongue’, ‘how does it breathe?’, ‘it smells disgusting!’

Seeing fish in action at the Floral Hall was a great way to support their discoveries and their project to create a tank full of fish for the interest table. The children were also excited to explore the other different environments at the Floral Hall recalling previous learning about the Desert and Rainforest. What a great learning experience and wonderful time for us all.

You can share in the children’s discoveries by clicking on the link below.

https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/nessies-nippers-ppt.pptx

From Deanne and Lorraine

 

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Upcoming Training: Technologies for Early Learning and Childcare

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This is a Highland Council CPD course for all practitioners working in Highland with children aged 0-5 years.

Taking account of Education Scotland’s recently published ‘Benchmarks – Technologies’ including refreshed outcomes and experiences, this session aims to give staff confidence in delivering Technologies in the early level – helping to allay any potential fears or misconceptions!

We will share ideas which offer children daily opportunities to engage with every day, technology-related items and extend their learning in line with national guidance, principles and practice.

We will explore ways to provide interactive, age and stage appropriate opportunities to support interdisciplinary learning, including early maths, numeracy and problem solving.

Dates and Times

Inverness (Millburn Academy) – Tuesday 5th September 2017, 1.30pm -4pm

Strathpeffer Community Centre – Wednesday 6th September 2017 – 1.30pm-4pm

Kyleakin Community Hall – Tuesday 12th September 2017 – 1.30pm-4pm

Wick – Peoples Town Pultney Centre – Thursday 14th September 2017 – 1.30pm-4pm

Booking Information

To register, go to: http://highland.cpdservice.net/ or contact the CALA Inverness office on 01463 703033 for further information.

The course will be delivered by Care and Learning Alliance.

The An t-Alltan 2017 Conference for Gaelic teachers and Early Years staff

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The An t-Alltan 2017 conference for Gaelic teachers and Early Years staff will be held in the
MacDonald Aviemore Conference Centre, on 27 & 28 September.

Practitioners are invited to register for this conference, organised by Stòrlann. Education Scotland will also be delivering workshops which focus on the use of Benchmarks; e-Sgoil’s offer for the secondary Gaelic Medium curriculum and the use of self-evaluation to achieve excellence and equity.

Learn more and register here. 

#OpeningDoors Update

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Welcome to our last #Openingdoors blog of the summer where you find us half way through our 3rd year! How did that happen?! This has been our busiest summer yet and there are still so many exciting things to come this year!


od-blog-picIn June we were delighted to be invited by Holyrood Magazine to be part of their Developing the Early Years Workforce event. In preparation for the event some of our fantastic #Openingdoors graduates soon got to work creating video clips for the day that highlighted their unique journeys into a career in Childcare. A huge thank you to Hayley and Zoe for dedicating so much time to this, and to Cougar for all his patience editing the footage – here they are on the big screen!


Click here to read the full #OpeningDoors report [PDF] .

Road Safety Week: 20th – 26th November 2017

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A great learning opportunity to support awareness of road safety! Why not register to join in the ‘Beep Beep’ day for 2 – 7 year olds on 22nd November 2017

Simply go to: www.roadsafteyweek.org.uk/edu/602-run-a-beep-beep-day to find out more! Alternatively http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/educators?dm_i=LQE,543QJ,N9ODB2,JLWXL,1 to view the full range of options for raising awareness with children of all ages.

Norma Ruettimann, CALA Training Development Manager

Upcoming Training: Technologies for Early Learning and Childcare

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This is a Highland Council CPD course for all practitioners working in Highland with children aged 0-5 years.

Taking account of Education Scotland’s recently published ‘Benchmarks – Technologies’ including refreshed outcomes and experiences, this session aims to give staff confidence in delivering Technologies in the early level – helping to allay any potential fears or misconceptions!

We will share ideas which offer children daily opportunities to engage with every day, technology-related items and extend their learning in line with national guidance, principles and practice.

We will explore ways to provide interactive, age and stage appropriate opportunities to support interdisciplinary learning, including early maths, numeracy and problem solving.

Dates and Times

Inverness (Millburn Academy) – Tuesday 5th September 2017, 1.30pm -4pm

Strathpeffer Community Centre – Wednesday 6th September 2017 – 1.30pm-4pm

Kyleakin Community Hall – Tuesday 12th September 2017 – 1.30pm-4pm

Wick – Peoples Town Pultney Centre – Thursday 14th September 2017 – 1.30pm-4pm

Booking Information

To register, go to: http://highland.cpdservice.net/ or contact the CALA Inverness office on 01463 703033 for further information.

The course will be delivered by Care and Learning Alliance.

Upcoming free training: ‘Planning for Out of School Care’

We are pleased to announce our upcoming FREE training event: ‘Planning for Out of School Care‘, taking place on Wednesday 30th August in Merkinch, Inverness. Please see the following flyer for more information.

To book on to this course, please call 01463 703033, or email info@calachildcare.co.uk.

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Having trouble reading the flyer? Click here to download it as a Microsoft Word document. 

Highland Child Protection Committee dedicated website launched!

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Child Protection is Everyone’s Responsibility

Just a reminder for those of you who may have missed our previous blog, announcing this super new resource which serves as a hub for Child Protection in Highland. Just click on www.hcpc.scot and you’ll be able to access the following sections:

  • Help and advice
  • Resources
  • Training – book direct, no booking forms required, access free E-learning on an Introduction to Child Protection, Children Affected by Parental Substance Misuse and Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Children and Young People
  • Parents and Carers
  • Communities
  • Contact
  • Register for information updates

Norma Ruettimann, CALA Training Development Manager