Update information and upcoming events

Care Inspectorate Update

ELC including childminders and out of school care

The announcement made by the First Minister on Thursday 21 May 2020 outlined the Scottish Government Route Map and a phased approach is planned to the lifting of lockdown. The First Minister was clear in her message that each stage will be reviewed and take account of scientific evidence and research before we move forward.

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Share the Love 2020 – Fri 29th – Sun 31st May

The ‘Share The Love’ festival is  Who Cares? Scotland digital festival to support participation and engagement activities for people with care experience across the country during this period of isolation and social distancing.  The festival will include a variety of different activities and broadcasts that cover learning, getting active and showcasing talents. 

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Words up Wednesdays

Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) team in Highland are hosting an exciting weekly opportunity on Wednesday’s during June to focus on one of the Words Up key messages each week.

Click here to find out more

Information on reopening of schools/childcare etc.

Letter to all childcare providers from Scottish Government ELC Directorate

Yesterday, the First Minister made a statement to the Scottish Parliament setting out Scotland’s routemap through and out of the crisis, including a phased approach out of lockdown.

Click on the link to access a letter from the Scottish Government Early Learning and Childcare Directorate to all childcare providers outlining what this will mean for us all.

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Parent Club support for parents on the reopening of Schools/ELC’s

Parent Club ha provided useful information to help inform parents of how schools/ELC’s will reopen over the coming months.

Parent Club state:

“As you may have heard, schools are set to reopen this August. However, things won’t be the same as they were before the coronavirus outbreak – schools will be making changes to ensure that everyone stays safe.

On our new back to school FAQ page, we answer as many questions as we can about what those changes will be and how they’ll affect your family”

Click here to access

Information on transitions and Gaelic language learning at home resources

Early Learning and Childcare Highland

ELC Highland has posted updated information on Developmental Overviews and transitions to Primary 1 in the current situation due to COVID-19.

Read the full article on ELC Highland blog by clicking here:

 

Cluichidh sinn Còmhla’ – Resources to Support Gaelic Language Learning at Home

Cluichidh sinn Còmhla’ is a new resource created in collaboration with Early Years Practitioners who are linking ‘Bumps to Bairns’ play-based learning activities to language opportunities.

Read the full article on ELC Highland blog by clicking here

Update on the use of PPE in Childcare settings

Click on the link below to listen to a short video clip from Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director sharing information about what the science tells us and why childcare and education workers don’t need special protective equipment or face coverings while caring for children in hubs/settings

Click here to access the video

Playful Project Packs

Playful Project Packs.

We were delighted to receive a grant for £1000 form North Highland Initiatives Community Support Programme to provide Playful Project Packs.

Click here to read more about the project in the media article in the John O’Groats Journal and Caithness Courier

Update Information

Career Advice – Skills Development Scotland (SDS)

As First Minister has just announced, anyone concerned about their learning or work during the current crisis can now access free one-to-one career advice through SDS helpline on 0800 917 8000   

Click here to access the media release from SDS


Skills Development Scotland Online Portal – free access to online learning materials

SDS has introduced an online learning portal to connect people with thousands of free-to-access online learning materials. Additional opportunities will be included in the coming weeks and months.  People who have been furloughed or made redundant are being encouraged to develop their skills with the help of this new online resource.

Click here to access the media release from SDS


Children’s Parliament – National children’s wellbeing survey

Children’s Parliament is supporting a national survey for children aged 8 to 14 years old. It is designed to measure the wellbeing of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The survey is anonymous and can be accessed here.


Care Inspectorate – Young inspectors video message 

Our young inspectors have made a video to share their thoughts and ideas about staying safe and getting through the lockdown

Practical information and advice

With so much really useful and practical advice and guidance around we thought you might find it useful if we collated a few together to share with you. We hope you find them helpful.


May Calendar – Action for Happiness

This Meaningful May Calendar has daily actions for May 2020 to help us respond to this global crisis with a sense of purpose and meaning. 

Click here for further useful information from Action for Happiness


Top tips for bedtime = Parent Club

Many parents are reporting that due to the current COVID-19 situation they are seeing changes in their children’s sleeping patterns etc, Parent Club provides really useful advice and top tips – visit Parent Club and enter ‘sleeping’ to their search facility to view a host of options to explore.


What’s the Problem? – Stop it now

Being online with their friends, doing lessons etc. is the norm at the moment for our children – What’s the problem? – is a useful guide for parents about staying safe online and what to do if problems arise from ‘Stop it Now’

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At Home with Ziggy toolkit (as highlighted in Education Scotland)

Road Safety Scotland’s free ‘Go Safe with Ziggy!’ road safety learning resource helps equip young children with the skills, knowledge and attitudes that will help them stay safe now, and in later life. Download the toolkit here.


Mindfulness – Information from NHS

NHS state:

“Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing”.

This useful page provides you with access to ‘mood self-assessment’ quiz, information on ‘mindfulness’ and links to other useful wellbeing information.

Click here to access


Care and Learning Alliance

We have created several different pages on our website which we hope families are finding useful. Check them out at:

Keep safe information for families during COVID-19 – quick useful links to both national and local services to support families

 Click here to access

Play and Learning Ideas – lots of simple play ideas to do at home for children of all ages

Click here to access

Keep up to date with news from CALA services – our practitioners from each of our sessions are working hard to stay connected and continue to support their children and families. Each setting is posting messages and ideas.

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Child Protection – Information on how to keep children safe and how to share concerns.

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Week ending 1st May 2020: Summary of information updates

The Care Inspectorate  shared the following information:

  • Update for ELC and Childminders on the COVID-19 staff absences

“The recent COVID-19 staff absences notification that went live on the 17th April is being revised and there is no longer a requirement for ELC and childminders to complete these. 

Please continue to complete the daily survey for the Scottish Government, remembering to use the name the service is registered under, and submit it before 3pm”.


Safety Notice from Care Inspectorate

IRIC Alcohol-based hand rubs risk of fire

The Incident Reporting & Investigation Centre has released an information message containing guidance on the risk of fire from alcohol-based hand rubs. 

You can view the information message here.


Information form Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI)

HTSI has created a COVID-19 response website – ‘Highland Community COVID-19 Response’

There are a lot of resources available for Third Sector Organisations – from Social Media tutorials to Self-Care

You can also register to volunteer – HTSI is maintaining a register of volunteers who are ready and willing to support across the Highland Region

Click here to access the site

Keeping Safe Online

With many children and young people spending more time online, it’s comforting for parents/carers to know that you’re doing everything you can to help ensure they do so safely. Have a look at these useful guides providing helpful information to help you keep children and young people of all ages safe online:

Internet matters 0 – 5 years,

Internet matters 6 – 10 years,

Internet matters 11 – 13 years and 14+ 

Parent guide

Click here to access the resources on our ‘Child Protection Useful Publications’ page under ONLINE SAFETY

Important update from Highland Child Protection Committee

COVID 19 – Interim Changes to Highland Child Protection Guidance

The Highland Child Protection Committee has issued an update to Child Protection Guidance for during COVID-19. They state:

“The Scottish Government update to National Child Protection Guidance supports interim changes to local arrangements for child protection practice. Following this document, some small amendments have been agreed to Child Protection Guidance in Highland. These will be in place during the COVID-19 pandemic and reviewed regularly. The Interim Guidance should be considered alongside the Highland Child Protection Guidance and can be accessed here.”

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A day in the life of a CALA Practice Manager during lockdown

Today is ‘International take your child to work day’. This annual event on the 4th Thursday in April is an educational program in the United States and Canada where parents take their children to work with them for one day. The day is designed to help children explore the workforce. With children out of school and many of us working from home at the moment, don’t forget to consider the positive ‘learning and insights to the world of work’ your children will be getting from watching you work (they will be learning even when you think they are not watching!).

To celebrate,  our CALA Practice Manager, Donna Sinclair has shared insight to her ‘lockdown’ working day with us along with some photos of her working alongside her children and just to cheer us all up – a few of her super cute furry friends!

From Donna:

“I hope everyone is keeping safe and well.  Like many of you I’m finding life at home is very busy and most of the day is juggling home schooling for my two children in Primary 4 and Primary 7 and trying to convince my nearly 16 year old to get up to do some work.  I’m working from home and have the extra challenge of studying – I’m in my 3rd year of BA Childhood Practice so with everything else going on, it can be hard to concentrate and find the time needed to complete my assignments.

My day starts with a 4 mile walk with our Collie at about 6.30 and then we begin work and school.  We go outside during breaks and lunches to bounce on the trampoline, play in their den or generally run about and play games.  I am trying to keep a routine going which is definitely helping to keep us all motivated.  We are very lucky as we live on a wee farm with a few sheep and highland cows.  

I thought you’d like to see some pictures of our animals. The sheep in the picture is Nibbles who was a pet lamb 3 years ago, she always comes for a cuddle. She’s expecting twins so we can’t wait to see the lambs!  We have just recently had 3 highland calves born who are called Bailey, Daisy (original name for a cow ?) and Poppy and they are very fluffy and cute bouncing around the field.  Our lambing is about to start so it will be nice for the kids to be able to help through the day around school work.

Every evening and more often if needed, we go to check on the animals and walk through our burn and fields. I know we are so lucky to have all this space and the weather has been kind too.  Nobody is sure how long this will last but staying connected and reaching out helps to keep our spirits up.

We will be doing our weekly clap and drumming of pans on Thursday (I broke my spoon last week ?) as a massive Thank You to all the key workers and NHS staff working hard to save lives.

Stay Safe everyone”