This week is ‘Cyber Scotland Week’ – learn how to stay safe online

The following blog post comes from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. They have released a cybersecurity guide, full of information on keeping you safe online. Although it is aimed at third sector organisations, it contains valuable information for individuals too. 


For Cyber Scotland Week 2019, ACOSVO have partnered with SCVO and the Scottish Government to promote Cyber-Security across the third sector and to develop our new Protect Your Network guide.

Download the guide by clicking here.

We hope you’ll be able to use the guide with your staff and board teams to improve cyber-security within your organisation. You don’t need to be a cyber expert to understand it, and it has simple actions that should only take a few minutes each to put into practice.
 
Please think of the guide as a starting point; there is plenty of detailed information available on the National Cyber Security Centre’s website (including their easy-to-understand Small Charity Guide); and don’t forget to check #CyberScotWeek19 on twitter for tips and advice from a whole host of organisations.

Download the guide by clicking here.

Developing Literacy and Numeracy Outdoors Training – Elgin, 11th May

Register your place by filling out our online booking form: https://careandlearning.typeform.com/to/nSVHPn or telephone Rebecca on 01349 866749.

Developing Communication Skills in Early Learning and Childcare

The following information comes from the Highland Literacy Blog


Speech and Language Therapists across Highland work in collaboration with practitioners in Early Learning and Childcare settings and schools to support adult/ child interactions through the Words Up Early and Words Up Primary Key Messages.

Last session, working with Early Learning and Childcare practitioners in Scottish Attainment Challenge schools, Speech and Language Therapy Assistants supported adult/ child interaction through ongoing coaching, modelling and evaluation.

The report below details the impact of the collaboration on supporting children’s language and communication, a key predictor of children’s later attainment and achievement. As schools consider their Pupil Equity Fund interventions, they may wish to consider the partnership with our local speech and language therapy team in supporting children’s speech, language and communication.

CLICK HERE – Developing Communication Skills in Early Years


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Junior World team up with TerraCycle to help reduce plastic waste from bread bags and crisp packets

The following blog update comes from Jayne Macintosh at Junior World in Nairn: 

Joining up with Terracycle at the end of last year we have been increasing our awareness of recycling and everyone has been participating with the Walkers Crisp Packet Initiative and we have so far collected over 1000 crisp packets.

Last week we were the first registered collection point in the Highlands for “bread bags” a new initiative set up by Hovis. We have joined forces with the local Co-op stores in Nairn, who have agreed to be collection points and we are excited to be organising recycling advisory afternoons at the local Co-op stores in the very near future.

All recycled produce will be sent to TerraCycle where eventually they will be transformed into benches, watering cans etc.

More information

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Child Protection Bulletin – April 2019

The fourth edition of the Child Protection Bulletin is now available to download. It features information on female genital mutilation, links to useful websites, a new online safety education resource for 4-7 year-olds, and what to do if you have a child protection concern.

Click here to download the bulletin [PDF].

April is Health and Wellbeing Month

The following blog update comes from Keep Scotland Beautiful

April is also the month we launch our Spring Clean campaign to get everyone out to help clean up Scotland. We know that a clean environment and access to green spaces are two of the most important things for our well-being in Scotland and that litter has been shown to make people feel less safe, with more health issues.  With your help, we are determined to make Scotland cleaner and greener for everyone to enjoy. 

Learn more on the Keep Scotland Beautiful Website. 

Upcoming Training – Technologies for Early Learning and Childcare – Dingwall, Wick & Inverness

Course details: 

7/5/19 – Dingwall Community Centre, Dingwall – 1.30 pm – 4 pm

14/5/19 – Wick Assembly Rooms, Wick, 1.30 pm – 4 pm

16/5/19 – Millburn Acadamy, Inverness, 1.30 pm – 4 pm

Book now via the Highland Council CPD Calendar: https://highland.cpdservice.net/

“It’s so much more than digital!”

In this course, you will:

  • Explore the use of familiar, everyday items including recycled items, to provide opportunities for children to develop their technology, skills and discovery
  • Get hands-on, experimenting with ways to enable children to create their own ‘technology’.
  • Look at effective strategies to facilitate collaborative learning, problem solving and creativity. 

Links to: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and ES Benchmarks. 

Book now:  https://highland.cpdservice.net/

Junior World’s Zip Wire Challenge

On Saturday 23rd March, 5 staff from Junior World stepped out of their comfort zone and took part in a ‘Zip Wire Challenge’ to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland. Centre Manager Jayne Macintosh was delighted when some of her team agreed to take part in the challenge alongside her and together successfully raised over £500.

Not only is this charity significant to Jayne personally, having lost her Dad two years ago to this crippling disease. Importantly, Junior World’s ongoing commitment to its Intergenerational Projects has further highlighted the challenges faced by individuals and their families coping with Alzheimer’s.

Although a bit chilly, the sun shone all day and a great day was had by all. We would like to thank everyone for their support and contributions. Junior World have raised funds and contributed to 4 charitable organisations this year and welcome any suggestions for future fundraising challenges.

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.