DYW – #No Wrong Path Campaign – 6th August 2019

#No Wrong Path Campaign

Here at CALA we are supporting #NoWrongPath to provide inspiration and reassurance to young people (and concerned parents) receiving exam results today. Just remember there are lots of interesting job roles across Scotland and we can all get there through many different paths.

If results are not as you have anticipated, it may be useful to visit the #NoWrongPath website for some reassurance and inspiration that there are many other options. The social media campaign by Developing Young Workforce aims to:

“show young people the options that are available to them and that exams results are not necessarily the key to unlocking future success” (www.nowrongpath.scot)

Here are some of the CALA staff who have shared their stories.

Employers: Government help with childcare costs for your employees

Employers: Government help with childcare costs for employees

As childcare vouchers have closed to new entrants, there still may be help at hand for employers with Tax-Free Childcare, a government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare.
Eligible parents could get up to £2,000 per child, per year, to spend on qualifying childcare. For parents with 2 children, that could mean a saving of £4,000 on the family budget.

You don’t need to do anything, but telling your employees about Tax-Free Childcare could:

• help them with their childcare costs
• help their return to work
• help them work more hours, if they want to
• help you retain staff you’ve invested in.

For more information, tell your employees to visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/tfc2.

Nurturing development through music and movement

New date added!

Nurturing development through music and movement

Would you like to know more about how you can develop children’s creativity, confidence and self-esteem through music and movement? Then don’t miss this interactive learning session for those working with 0-8 year old children.

Due to high demand for our course in Inverness on the 10th September, we have now included a second Inverness date for Monday 9th September. We also still have a few remaining spaces for Fort William, Elgin and Thurso .

Locations and dates

Monday 9th September, Kintail House. Inverness 6.30 – 9pm

Thursday, 12th September 2019, West Highland College, Fort William 6.30 – 9 pm

Wednesday, 18th September 2019, Weigh Inn, Thurso 6.30 – 9 pm

Thursday, 19th September 2019, Community Centre, Elgin, 6.30 – 9 pm

Booking information

Book online by visiting https://careandlearning.typeform.com/to/H1H9nNnN

or telephone Rebecca on 01349 866749.

Children’s Rights

Improving children’s rights

Consultation on incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Scottish Government is seeking views on how best to incorporate the UN’s ‘gold standard’ for children’s rights into Scots Law and improve the lives of children and young people. The Scottish Government state that:

“Incorporating the UNCRC will strengthen existing work to protect and respect children, and the consultation seeks views on the best way to do this within the context of Scots law, and the powers of the Scottish Parliament”

The consultation runs until the 14th August 2019,  click here to access.

If you would like further information on incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots law, ‘Together’ has produced a briefing document which unpicks and explains some of the questions in the consultation paper.

View the document on the ‘Together’ website by clicking here.

Gardening Fun at Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre

The children and staff at Wimberley would like to express a big thank for all their kind donations to:

  • Morrison’s, Inverness,
  • Munro’s Nurseries, Munlochy 
  • Simpsons Garden Centre, Inverness,

The resources and materials enabled our children to begin creating a vegetable plot, raised beds and a Bug Hotel.

This has been invaluable for our children’s learning; they have been exploring how things grow, how to care for them and are looking forward to the next step of tasting the fruits of their labour.

We have plans to extend this area further,  so watch this space! 

         “We were planting and looking after the vegetables and flowers.”

“We have been working together to make it all happen and looking forward to meeting our residents in the bug hotel.”

Thank you also to all our Mummies, Daddies, Grannies and Grandpas, who have also helped us make our garden so much more fun.

Best wishes from everyone in Wimberley.

Junior World Update

The ongoing commitment to providing a natural habitat for nature and the children’s sustained interest in gardening continues to provide a range of exciting learning experiences for children of all ages. The children have had the opportunity to watch things grow and try our grown vegetables & salads. Our wildflower gardens have brought an abundance of colour and beasties for the children to investigate and explore.

Blytheswood Foodbank Collection

Thank you to everyone for your food bank donations. We were delighted to deliver the centres contributions this month. 

Echo-Schools

Finally following our recent success in an Eco-Schools Prize Draw and the addition of your successful fundraising the children are thoroughly enjoying a range of natural resources purchased from Muddy Faces.

Highland Child Protection Committee – Safeguarding Self-Evaluation Tools

The Highland Child Protection Committee has made available a number of safeguarding self-evaluation tools.

You can download them from the HCPC website

Watch our promotional video to learn more about the self-evaluation tools. 

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that organisations take to protect children and vulnerable or protected adults (vulnerable beneficiaries) from harm including emotional, physical, sexual, neglect or financial harm. Charities working with vulnerable beneficiaries must do all they can to keep them safe and protected from harm ensuring appropriate policies, practices and procedures are in place and adhered to.

Lochinver ELC’s KIMO Journey

Select the image to play the children’s video!

The children at Lochinver ELC have recently been in the news and have put together a video to share with us how their work finally influenced their local harbour to join others in helping to reduce marine litter.

Below is part of the press release which gives a little bit of background. You can read the full press release by clicking here [.doc]

“A pre-school in Lochinver has successfully lobbied to get its local harbour to join KIMO’s Fishing For Litter project which makes this harbour the 20th in Scotland. The children made a sign and sent it to KIMO via Twitter to raise the profile of their campaign.”

“KIMO’s Fishing For Litter project works with the fishing industry to reduce marine litter and the children at Lochinver Early Learning Centre started a campaign almost two and a half years ago by asking the local harbour to join the initiative. As part of their Eco-Schools work, they completed a survey of fishing boats using Kinlochbervie, Ullapool and Lochinver harbours and found Lochinver was the only one not in the scheme.”

“Visits to the harbour and pressure on local Councillors seemed to falter for various reasons. Jaci Douglas, Care and Learning Alliance (CALA’s) Chief Executive sent a tweet and photo to KIMO and this has successfully reignited the process. The primary funding is coming from Tesco who had recently approached KIMO looking to fund and recruit a new Fishing For Litter harbour in Scotland.”

Upcoming training: Nurturing Development through Music and Movement

Would you like to know more about how you can develop children’s creativity, confidence and self-esteem through music and movement? Then don’t miss this interactive learning session for those working with 0-8 year old children.

Locations and dates

Tuesday, 10th September 2019, Kintail House, Inverness 6.30 – 9 pm 
Thursday, 12th September 2019, West Highland College, Fort William 6.30 – 9 pm 
Wednesday, 18th September 2019, Weigh Inn, Thurso 6.30 – 9 pm 
Thursday, 19th September 2019, Community Centre, Elgin, 6.30 – 9 pm

Booking information

Book online by visiting https://careandlearning.typeform.com/to/H1H9nNnN

or telephone Rebecca on 01349 866749.

Bookbug’s Big Picnic

BookBug, Debbie and I took our painting kits, Song Band and Storybook along to our Lybster and Miller Family Centre peep Groups, where everyone took part in our fun-filled joint session for “Bookbug’s Big Picnic peep Adventure”.

We Set out the paints, brushes, boxes and paper, and let the children be creative, giving them the opportunity to express themselves and explore the endless fun they could have with just their imagination. Both parents and children had immense fun just by simply interacting whilst having FUN.

ORIM and mark making were the themes for our big picnic.

For snack, the children enjoyed Bookbug’s Big Picnic – which included sandwiches and lots of other yummy, healthy snacks.

We read “Peep Paints his Room” – our families had fantastic fun with the song band, especially when singing “ Tiny Tim” and pulling it sooooo tightly and only letting go when his bubble finally popped.

We finished off with lots of stomping about and singing lots more action songs.

We are now taking bookings for the 2019 CALA Conference

We are delighted to announce we are now taking bookings for the 2019 CALA Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Childcare Heroes: Inspiring practitioners and the impact they have on children, families and communities‘.

If you’ve already read enough, and you’re ready to book, please visit https://careandlearning.typeform.com/to/D4djlP to register your place.

Pricing

We have updated the pricing for the 2019 conference – tickets are now more affordable than ever. 

  • For CALA members, the price is just £5.
  • Non-members are very welcome to attend, at a cost of £10.

The Theme

This year’s conference will focus on the incredible work carried out by Early Learning and Childcare practitioners. ELC professionals play a vital role in children’s early development, and that’s why we decided to dedicate our 2019 conference to celebrating the incredible work they do every day. 

We will delve into the question of ‘what makes a good childcare practitioner?’, as well as exploring the impact that a skilled practitioner can have on a child’s development.

Our Speakers

As always, we have a number of fantastic speakers lined up. We will release more information in time, but we are confident you will come away from the conference feeling energised, inspired and full of new ideas.

How to Book

Booking your place at our upcoming conference couldn’t be easier. You can either: 

Fill out our simple online form: https://careandlearning.typeform.com/to/D4djlP. Please note if you are booking for multiple people, you will have to fill out the form separately for each person.

Or you can telephone 01463 222569 and one of our office staff will take your booking. 

Payment

There are three ways you can pay:

  • The easiest way to pay is online using a debit or credit card. Payment is taken securely using Stripe. 
  • We also accept cheques.
  • Or you can pay over the telephone using a credit or debit card by ringing 01463 222569. 

Key Conference Details

  • Date: October 3rd, 2019. 
  • Time: If you wish to attend our AGM, please arrive for 08:45. For everyone else, registration begins at 09:30. The conference will run until about 1.30 pm.
  • Address: Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church, Wellside Rd, Balloch, Inverness IV2 7GS. 

We hope to see you there!