Scottish Government Early Learning and Childcare Programme COVID-19 update

The Scottish Government Early Learning and Childcare Programme has published a COVID-19 newsletter. This has replaced their monthly programme updates and will be published regularly for the duration of the pandemic response. 

Click here to access a copy from www.careinspectorate.com

 

Links to further guidance, resources and information – 3/4/20

The Scottish Social Services Council – ‘Workforce support and wellbeing during COVID-19’

A resource to support the health and wellbeing of staff during the challenging times of COVID-19.

Click here to access the resource


The Scottish Social Services Council – Guidance for employers on core training for redeployed workers, temporary workers and volunteers

SSSC state:

“With the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the country, it will be necessary for health and social care staff to be deployed to work in frontline care services they may be unfamiliar with. Temporary workers and volunteers are also being recruited to support services”.

In partnership with NHS Education for Scotland, SSSC has provided this national guidance to support employers with training for redeployed workers, temporary workers and volunteers.

Click here to access the guidance


Disclosure Scotland fee suspension

Disclosure Scotland is suspending all fees for key workers and volunteers who are being drafted to help Scotland fight against COVID-19.   This is a temporary measure which will be in place for an initial period of six weeks, before being reviewed and extended further, if needed. 

Click here to access information


UK Government Guidance for Employers

Information on claiming back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Click here to access

Celebrating Silver Work-versary!

Our Improvement Co-ordinator Marion Laidlaw was delighted to receive chocolates, flowers and certificate to mark an amazing 25 years service today. Always ready with a listening ear, a wealth of knowledge, experience, and solution-focused helpful suggestions,  Marion has been a wonderful asset to our organisation over her many years of service in a variety of roles.

Warmest congratulations and heartfelt thanks for all that you have done and continue to do Marion, from everyone at CALA past and present.

Further updated information from Scottish Government

Information site from the Scottish Government

The Scottish Government have developed a web page dedicated to hosting guidance and information to help us access it easily and ensure we have the latest version. The suite of documents includes:

  • Parent factsheet about closures
  • Provider factsheet about closures
  • Business support factsheet
  • Childminders support.

Click here to access


Information for Childminders

Scottish Government has put together a webpage for CHILDMINDERS which has information about the range of business and financial support.

Check it out

Click here to access


Reminder – Guidance from the Scottish Government: social distancing in education and childcare settings 

The Scottish Government has published guidance for organisations and their staff working in local authority, private and third sector education and childcare settings that are providing care to vulnerable children and children of key workers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): social distancing in education and childcare settings

News round up

New guidance from the Scottish Government for early learning and childcare services

The Scottish Government has issued updated guidance: 

Information for parents about daycare of children service closures – Click here 
(last updated 27 March 2020)

Information for childminders about business and financial support  – Click here
(last updated 27 March 2020).

The following guidance has also been updated: 

Information for private, third sector and childminding providers about closures and emergency childcare  –    Click here                                                               

Information for private and third sector childcare providers about business support  – Click here
(both documents last updated 25 March 2020).


Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees

ACAS – Helpful advice, guidance and legislation explained – Click here


Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Helpful guidance from UK Government (29th March 2020) about the possible impact social distancing can have on our mental health and coping strategies. Click here


Reminder: Scottish Government monitoring uptake and provision of childcare places

The Scottish Government continues to monitor the uptake and provision of places in early learning and childcare settings and providers who have services open for children of key workers should complete the online form each day.  This includes private and third-sector all-day childcare services including nurseries, out of school care and childminders (not local authority settings).

For settings that are closed, you are required submit the survey once, however, If your setting becomes operational again, please complete this on a daily basis before 15:00.

You can access the survey here


NHS Inform guidance in alternative formats and languages

You can access a variety of translated COVID- 19 guidance and information posters and leaflets from NHS Inform in a variety of different languages and easy-read format. 

Click here to access

 

Updates from SSSC COVID 19

 

The Scottish Social Services Council has shared the following information in their recent newsletter

 

 

Changes to the law to support social services:

The UK and Scottish coronavirus legislation include some important changes for social service regulation so we can support the workforce to keep on delivering high-quality services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

READ MORE HERE


Fitness to practise changes during COVID-19 

To help focus resources on supporting the social service sector during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we’re making changes to fitness to practise. We’re making changes in the following areas:

READ MORE HERE


Guidance for employers on core training for redeployed workers, temporary workers and volunteers 

With the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the country, it will be necessary for health and social care staff to be deployed to work in frontline care services they may be unfamiliar with. Temporary workers and volunteers are also being recruited to support services.

READ MORE HERE


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Read the latest information for social service workers and employers and what we are doing to help in our role as a regulator.
(last update 17 March 2020). 

READ MORE HERE

Update from CALA

Well it has been a different but very busy week for us here at CALA as like everybody we have adjusted to the ‘new norm’ for the moment. We are linking closely with colleagues locally and nationally and keeping a focus on our vision and values for:  positive childhoods, empowered parents and dynamic communities at the heart of all that we do. 

We are working hard to try to meet needs as best we can. Through consultation with our members, staff and parents attending our ELC groups you have told us that you feel a ‘one-stop’ shop to go to that collates lots of the vital information and useful ideas for families would be beneficial so we have added a new dedicated section to our website. This is work in progress, so we’ll continue to develop it over the coming weeks.  

Our new dedicated Family Information and Support pages will provide you with:

  • Quick and easy access to national and local area support to services that may help you
  • Play and learning ideas you can dip in and out of for your children covering ages 0-12.
  • If your child attends a CALA Childcare setting there is a section here that you can access the specific information for your child’s setting. (This will be populated over the next week)
  • Easy access to our e-learning module https://calaelearning.co.uk/our-courses ‘Supporting Young Children’s Behaviour – for Parents” which we’re offering you FREE for the duration of COVID-19
  • Child Protection information

Over the coming weeks some of the things we will be adding will be:

  • Short video clips from our practitioners reading stories and sharing practical play ideas, good news items and health and wellbeing information for you and your children.

Check out the new Family Information and Support page at https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/family-information-support/

We hope you will find this useful, meanwhile be kind to yourselves and remember your children are learning all of the time and despite these challenging times, there are lots of examples of people talking to each other more, listening more, being more thoughtful and kind – all good role modelling and experiences which support our children’s all-round development.

Best wishes

Team CALA

 

Monitoring uptake and provision of childcare places – Scottish Government

The Scottish Government is asking each childcare provider that is NOT a local authority setting to complete this short online form from THURSDAY 26TH MARCH by 3.00 pm each day until further notice.

This includes private and third-sector childcare services including nurseries, out of school care and childminders. Information in relation to local authority settings will be gathered on a separate survey.

Childcare providers in the voluntary and private sectors and childminders are asked to provide information on:  

  • whether they are open or closed
  • the number of ELC practitioners working in the setting
  • the number of children attending (including those classed as “vulnerable”, those of key workers, and those attending solely for the purposes of taking a meal).

This form is designed to provide Scottish Ministers with regular and timely information in relation to COVID-19

Click here to access the form

Useful Information – 25th March 2020

Notice to all registered childminders in Scotland

Scottish Government issued guidance which sets out the implications for childminding services.

Click here to access


Third Sector Resilience Fund

The Third Sector Resilience Fund is now open for applications.

You can find details of the fund here and start the process of applying by using the online eligibility checker.

The Fund will provide grants of between £5,000-£100,000 and 0% interest loans starting at £50,000 to charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland that find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Other financial information and support links you may find useful.

mygov.scot

Highland Council

Moray Council


Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI)

Highland Community COVID-19 Response

HTSI has launched a new website to deal with Third Sector issues related to COVID-19 in Highland. HTSI state:

“The Highland Third Sector Interface are working closely with our partners in the Third and Public Sectors and in the community to support the wide range of community support developing in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. This website is intended to provide information which will assist individuals and community groups undertaking work to support people experiencing the impacts of the outbreak and to mitigate the most harmful of those”

Click here to access the site

Keeping children safe – Child Protection

 

The protection of children is still a KEY priority and RESPONSIBILITY of everyone through the changing landscape of services necessary to address the COVID-19 spread.

As always, if you are concerned about a child or young person it is important to speak to a professional as soon as possible using the following:

  1. If you are worried that a child is at immediate risk of harm, phone the Police on 999 without delay
  2. If you are worried that a child may be at risk of harm, please visit http://hcpc.scot/professionals  for a local contact number
  3. If you are worried that a child may be at risk of harm and it is out with office hours, phone 08457 697284

Where can I get further information on keeping children safe?

  • Care and Learning Alliance website – Child Protection – useful information tab and websites and video tab – quick and easy access to information, guidance and tools.
  • Highland Child Protection Committee – help and advice, resources and training.
  • calaelearning.co.uk – access to FREE short format certificated e-learning modules in partnership with the Highland Child Protection Committee to keep children safe
    • Introduction to Child Protection
    • Children Affected by Parental Substance Misuse
    • An Introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
    • Understanding the Child’s Plan
    • What Makes a Good Chronology?

Temporary Childcare for Essential Workers

The Highland Council has set up a process for KEY WORKERS to apply for childcare if they have no other provision or support.

The form MUST be completed by 9am on MONDAY 23rd MARCH

 

Click here to access details about key workers and the application form