The NSPCC ‘Parents vs Kids’ quiz

The following update was taken from the NSPCC newsletter: 

Do you know if being called ‘salty’ online is a good thing? Do you know about ghost mode and parental controls?

Our popular O2 NSPCC Parents vs Kids quiz has now launched online and is available to play across mobile, tablet and desktop platforms.

Get the whole family together and play the quiz to see who knows the most about the digital world, and learn a bit more about staying safe online. Take on 50 new questions and test your knowledge by playing 1 on 1 or in teams! Who really knows more about the online world in your home? Team Parent, or Team Kid?

Click here to play the game. 

Jessie & Friends: online safety education for 4-7s

The following blog post comes from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection), part of The National Crime Agency.


We are delighted to announce the launch of Jessie & Friends, our new online safety education resource for 4-7 year olds.

Based on a series of three fun, age-appropriate animations, Jessie & Friends follows Jessie, Mo and Tia as they view, share and game their way towards a safer future online.

The animations are accompanied by:

– a catchy song, storybooks and posters

– a detailed resource pack with engaging learning activities on key topics including trust, consent, and healthy and unhealthy online behaviours, plus guidance on safe and effective delivery of Jessie & Friends

– advice for parents and carers on using Jessie & Friends to start a positive, age-appropriate online safety conversation with their child

We are delighted that Jessie & Friends has been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark in recognition of the high-quality, safe learning opportunities it provides.

All Jessie & Friends resources for professionals can be downloaded here, and you’ll find content for parents and carers here.

Look out for Jessie, Tia and Mo in the media today! Please do search for #JessieAndFriends and add your voice to help us get the word out to more parents and carers and professionals who work with children.

We hope you like the new resources and look forward to your feedback, and that of the children you work with.

Click here to learn more

Easter Holidays Out of School Care – Junior World and Drakies

With Easter fast approaching, we would like to draw your attention to the out of school care that two of our settings will be providing. Junior World in Nairn and Drakies OOSC have lots of fun, stimulating activities planned. 

To book a place for your child, download the corresponding booking form below:  

Junior World

Click here to download the booking form.


Drakies OOSC

Click here to download the booking form. 

Care Inspectorate are recruiting inspectors to work throughout Scotland

The following blog update comes from the Care Inspectorate


We’re hiring!

We’re recruiting inspectors to work throughout Scotland within our adults, early learning and childcare, children and young people and complaints inspection teams.

We are looking for talented people to join our inspection teams. We are looking for specialists who really understand how to put people’s needs, rights and choices at the heart of delivering social services – and how to lead improvement too. As a public body, our 600 staff work across the public, voluntary and private sector.

For more information about the role and to apply click here.

The closing date for applications is 8 am on Monday 25th March.

Third Sector Cyber Resilience – March 2019 Newsletter

The Scottish Government’s ‘Third Sector Cyber Resilience Unit’ have released their March newsletter. If you work with a computer that has access to the internet, you should know the basics of cybersecurity, in order to ensure your data does not fall into the wrong hands. 

You can download the newsletter by clicking here. It contains information on:

  • The Cyber Essentials Voucher Scheme – grants of up to £1,000 are available.
  • A free staff training guide you can use to get up to speed with cybersecurity essentials. 
  • Information on ‘cybersecurity week’, taking place from 22nd to 28th April 2019.
  • Information on ‘World Back-up Day’, taking place on March 31st.
  • Lots of links to useful websites and training resources

 

British Science Week: 8th – 17th March

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths.  The event takes place from 8th to 17th March and this year is themed around ‘journeys’.  

You can find out more and download ideas and activities from the website at www.britishscienceweek.org 

From creating tunnels, time capsules and perfume to keeping a nature log and mummifying an orange, there’s something for everyone. 

Exploring Light, Shadow and Reflection at Strathdearn Daycare Centre

The Children at Strathdearn Daycare Centre have been taking full advantage of the dark clear nights.  By exploring the night sky, they have learned to identify a range of constellations: this has led to discussions on stars, how they are formed and learning about hydrogen and helium gases. 

They have also engaged in a range of fun games, exploring and experimenting with how light travels, playing Night Time Gorse bush Hide and Seek using torches to navigate their way around and communicate with each other.

In the shadow den the children experimented with light, learning about distance by moving objects closer or further away from light and how to position light to create shadows. The children used the shadows to make and tell stories and using coloured finger lights they explored mingling the colours together to create new colours. 

Staff noted having fun in the dark was extremely beneficial in helping to support children to overcome fears and build their confidence of the dark.

Child lead shadowgraphy storytelling

They’ve had great fun playing ‘Nighttime Gorsebush Hide and Seek’ using torches to navigate their way around and communicate with each other.

In shadow den children experimenting with light, learning distance by moving them objects closer or further away from light. Learning how to position light to create shadows. Using coloured finger lights children explored placing colours together to create new colours.

Staff have found this extremely beneficial in helping to support children to overcome fears and build their confidence with the dark.

Help shape the future of out of school care in Scotland

Would you like to help shape the future of out of school care in Scotland? Then why not come along to the ‘Shaping the Framework’ event on Wednesday 6th March in Inverness. SOSCN and the Scottish Government want to hear what you think should be included in the out of school care framework currently in development.

The ‘Shaping the Framework’ event is run by SOSCN in partnership with the Out of School Care Team at the Scottish Government. At this event, SOSCN will share recent sector updates as well as results from recent research with children and parents.

Venue: Craigmonie Hotel, 9 Annfield Rd, Inverness IV2 3HX
Date and Time: Wednesday 6th March 2019, 9.45am – 1,00pm
Refreshments: breakfast rolls, teas and coffees will be provided

Download a booking form by visiting: https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/SOSCN-Inverness-Shaping-The-Framework-Event.doc

Youth Hour at the Scottish Child Law Centre

Every Tuesday and Thursday between 12 am – 1 pm is ‘Youth Hour’ at the Scottish Child Law Centre. During Youth Hour, the solicitors manning the phones at the Scottish Child Law Centre will only take calls from people under the age of 21. 

They can be called free from a landline on 0800 328 8970, or from a mobile on 0300 3301421.

The Best Start Grant – Pregnancy and Baby Payment

The new Best Start Grant is up to £600 to help with a new baby. If you receive benefits or tax credits, you could be eligible. Visit https://www.mygov.scot/beststart/ to find out more.

Bringing Generations Together (Featuring Junior World in Nairn)

The Care Inspectorate has published a document named “Bringing Generations Together”, which includes “Some great examples of intergenerational practice from care services across Scotland highlighting the benefits of bringing people together from different generations“.

CALA’s Junior World are highlighted on page 6 of the document for their fantastic intergenerational work with local care home Whinnieknowe.

The article can be found below, and the full document can be accessed on the Care Inspectorate website [PDF]


Download the full document from the Care Inspectorate website. 

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 01349 866749