Useful Information

Care Inspectorate – Update on the closure of schools and early learning and childcare settings

The Deputy First Minister has issued a letter with an update on the closure of schools and early learning and childcare settings. You can read the letter here

Remote Learning: Ideas and activities for parents and teachers

Some ideas from the Highland Numeracy Blog – Early Level to Second Level.

Care Inspectorate – COVID 19 frequently asked questions

Care Inspectorate has captured some of the most frequent questions that they receive regarding COVID 19 and shared some of the advice that you may find useful for supporting families.

Downloadable poster – Coping with stress during the 2019-nCov outbreak form the World Health Organisation

CALA – Updates to office hours

New e-learning module – Understanding the Child’s Plan

We are pleased to announce the launch of the latest free e-learning module  ‘Understanding the Child’s Plan’  – made in partnership with HIGHLAND CHILD PROTECTION COMMITTEE.

To access the module, visit

If you have any difficulty in accessing the module, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

We hope you enjoy and find the e-module useful and informative!

Guidance for Early Learning and Childcare settings – COVID 19

The guidance for educational and Early Learning and Childcare settings has now been updated and incorporated into the following general advice for all non-healthcare settings:  You will see it has some specific material for educational settings in Section 2, as well as other advice that applies more generally.

The guidance includes useful Educational resources for use in childcare and educational settings on page 12.

NHS has also provided us with a short animated video to support conversations and developing our children’s understanding of the virus – ‘Child-friendly explanation of Coronavirus (COVID-19)’

Coronavirus – Revised notification guidance

Care Inspectorate have revised their notifications guidance with immediate effect for all Early Learning and Childcare settings until further notice.

Care Inspectorate state:

“Every registered service with the Care Inspectorate must complete a notification of ‘Outbreak of Infectious Disease’ via their eForms account. Providers must notify the Care Inspectorate within 24 hours of any suspected or known case or outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19″.  

For further information on procedures and download relevant guidance and reporting formats visit:

You will also find useful links to the ‘NHS Inform’ website with key messages for procedures/information/precautionary measures etc.

An information event for childminders in Scotland

Being and becoming a funded ELC Provider

Saturday 25th April 2020

Click here to read about this free event.

For childminders who are not able to attend but would like to know more – content and any presentations from the day will be made available after the event and posted on the Knowledge Hub in a group open to all stakeholders: Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland – Discussion Forum and Documents.

If you are not already a member of the Knowledge Hub and would like to join please email: [email protected]

Advice on the coronavirus for places of education

The following is a new public health poster for COVID-19 from NHS SCOTLAND to provide advice for places of education.

This poster should be downloaded/shared on Social Media/displayed in your settings etc. Please share widely.


It is a requirement for all registered childminders and daycare of children’s services to notify the Care Inspectorate of any incidences or outbreaks of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) via the Care Inspectorate notification process

Click here to download a copy of the poster

South Highland Outdoor Woodland Learning

An exciting free Continuous Professional Development opportunity organised by South Highland Outdoor Woodland Learning to encourage and support practitioners wishing to take learning outside more. 

Hosted by Juliet Robinson and South Highland OWL

Saturday 21st March

10am – 1pm

Nethybridge Community Centre

Find out more at: 

Event – Exploring innovative models of ELC to sustain rural communities

Come along and hear the findings of the 9-month research project funded by the Scottish Government and EU Innovation Fund on ‘Exploring innovative models of ELC to sustain rural communities’

The research project has been led by Care and Learning Alliance (CALA) in partnership with The Shieling Project, University of Highland and Islands (UHI), University of Edinburgh, NHS Highland, Highland Council, Skills Development Scotland, Cantraybridge College and Connecting Communities.

Due to complete at the end of March 2020, the research has focused on 4 main strands of work:

  • A strong and sustainable workforce
  • Alternative places and time
  • Intergenerational partnerships
  • Transport, including mobile nurseries.

Date and Time

Wed, 11th March 2020

5pm – 7pm


Inverness College UHI

1 Inverness Campus



Programme for evening

5-6pm presentation of findings

6-7pm tea/coffee and opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback on findings

Click here to book


We can arrange for you to join us remotely between 5pm and 6pm by providing us with your email address no later than 6th March 2020 and we will provide you with a link to access the event.

Email addresses to [email protected]

Telephone: 01463 222569

COVID-19: Information for schools and Early Learning and Childcare Settings

Scottish Government have provided the following link to assist schools, early learning and childcare settings and other educational settings in providing advice for children, pupils, students, staff and parents or carers regarding  

  • the novel coronavirus, COVID-19
  • how to help prevent the spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • what to do if someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 has been in a school or other educational setting
  • what advice to give to individuals who have travelled from risk areas within the last 14 days

Click here to access

The Care Inspectorate has also shared a further link to guidance for healthcare providers on healthcare workers who have travelled to a risk area for COVID-19 Click here to access

Child Protection Bulletin (February 2020)

The seventh edition of the Child Protection Bulletin (February 2020) is now available to download. It provides information about ‘Sowing Seeds – Trauma-Informed Practice for anyone working with children and young people and the ‘Upstream Project’.

 Click here to access


New guidance – Realising the Ambition: being me

Education Scotland has published the new guidance document ‘Realising the Ambition: Being me’

This guidance is for anyone who works with and for babies and young children in all areas of early learning and childcare and early primary school.

Education Scotland state:

“Realising the Ambition: Being Me builds upon the original principles and philosophy of Pre-Birth to 3 and Building the Ambition.

This refreshed early years national practice guidance for Scotland presents key information about the characteristics of child development based on research and evidence.

It explores the range of  interactions, experiences and spaces  we need to provide for babies and young children to help them learn and grow best from their earliest days through to being a young child in early primary school.

In essence, ‘Realising the Ambition: Being Me’ increases expectations of high quality but still provides the necessary support for all who work in the early years’ sector and beyond.”

The guidance covers:

Section 1: Introduction

Section 2: Being Me – Starting Strong

Section 3: What I need to grow and develop

Section 4: Child’s work: the importance of play

Section 5: Early childhood curriculum and pedagogical leadership

Section 6: Putting pedagogy into practice

Section 7: Ensuring quality through critically reflective practice

Section 8: Transitions matter; to me

Section 9: What we can learn from other curriculum approaches

Within each of the sections there is a depth and breadth of information including guidance on Schemas, play pedagogy, the role of the adult in supporting learning, responsive and intentional learning and suggestions for learning from other curriculum approaches.

Click here to access further information about the guidance including a PowerPoint presentation of ‘Challenge Questions’ to support our engagement with the guidance document.