Scotland’s first statement on transitions published

The following update comes courtesy of Early Years Scotland


Scotland’s first National Position Statement on Transitions has been published. 

Early Years Scotland was one of several key organisations involved in developing and preparing the statement, and Chief Executive, Jean Carwood-Edwards, a contributing author.

The statement highlights the importance of planning for and managing transitions, mainly into school from Early Learning and Childcare, effectively and positively. 

It emphasises that transitions should be regarded as a tremendous opportunity as opposed to being something difficult that children have to get through, and that the whole family be involved in transition activity as parents and families go through the transition as well as the child. 

The statement, which lists six key principles and makes eight recommendations, can be downloaded here.

Upcoming outdoor nursery open days, taking place at Highland Wildlife Park

Care and Learning Alliance, working in partnership with RZSS Highland Wildlife Park and Inspiring Scotland, are pleased to announce two upcoming outdoor nursery open days.

When

  • Saturday 29th June at 11 am – 3 pm, and
  • Sunday 18th August at 11 am – 3 pm

Where

Wildlife Garden, RZS Highland Wildlife Park. [Link to Map]

There will be a range of fun outdoor activities. These may include pond dipping, den building, minibeast hunting, and more.

We hope to see you there!

Children’s hydration campaign – Think2DrinkH2O

The following information comes from the ‘Think2Drink H2O Campaign’, promoted by NHS Scotland: 

“Think2DrinkH20 promotes the importance of hydration related to children and young people. Getting the right amount of water can make a difference to the way we all feel, think and function and it is vital that children drink enough fluid to maintain good health.”

“Children can become dehydrated by not drinking enough fluids or by losing fluids and not replacing them. Poor hydration may result in lack of concentration, headaches, dizziness, constipation and urinary tract infection.”

“Adults play a key role in ensuring that children and young people drink enough of the right type of fluids. By setting an example, they can encourage children and young people to make the right hydration choices.”

Downloadable Resources

Introducing CALA’s Interactive Committee Induction Pack

Care and Learning Alliance are pleased to offer an interactive induction pack to our committee-run group members. The induction pack is intended to help new members of the committee to understand their role as charity trustees and to be informed as effective committee members. 

The presentation features short videos and interactive features, making it a fun and easy way to learn about committees. 

The presentation is hosted on the CALA Members’ Zone. To find out more about becoming a CALA member, either visit https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/membership/ or telephone our Inverness office on 01463 222569.

Looking back at Volunteers’ Week Scotland

Scottish Volunteers’ Week took place last week, from the 1st to the 7th of June. It was a chance for organisations across Scotland to celebrate the fantastic contribution that volunteers make to society. 

At CALA, we have been lucky to have had some wonderful volunteers over the years – people who give up their free time because they want to make a difference.

Pictured above are Aga (left), Shona (right), two of our Family Support volunteers, along with Sadie (middle), CALA’s Family Support Manager.

We also took time last week to say thank you to our fantastic Board of Directors who give up their time to support and guide CALA and we are so grateful for their energy, expertise and enthusiasm.


It wasn’t just CALA that took time last week to celebrate volunteers – organisations across Scotland were getting involved and helping to spread the message that volunteering is a worthwhile, rewarding, and fun thing to do. 

Here are some highlights from Twitter: 

If you’re interested in volunteering at Care and Learning Alliance, please contact our Inverness office on 01463 222569. 

Best Start Grant

 

Best Start Grant is three cash payments that you can apply for if you’re a parent or a carer.

You can get these payments:

  • if you have a child who’s the right age for a payment
  • whether you’re in work or not, as long as you’re on certain payments or tax credits

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the Best Start Grant page of the Scot Gov website. 

Or download a fact sheet by clicking here [PDF].

Meet CALAs Childminding Coordinators

Did you know that Care and Learning Alliance has two dedicated Childminding Coordinators? When you sign up for CALA childminding membership, you will receive support from either Norma or Donna, both of whom have years of childminding experience. When it comes to childminding, they’ve ‘been there and done that’, and are eager to share what they’ve learned. 

It has never been a better time to sign up as a CALA childminding member. To get started, visit: https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/membership/

ELC National Induction Resource

Scottish Government’s national induction resource for people joining the early learning and childcare workforce sets out how you can expect your employer to support you in your new role and includes links to the range of national resources which are available to support you.

Download the resource on the SSSC website by clicking here. 

Words Up – Early Key Messages Monitoring Tool

The following update comes from the Highland Literacy blog: 


Following engagement with the Words Up Early (Level 1) Key Messages Training there has been guidance developed by education practitioners and speech and language therapists to support practitioners to embed the Words Up Early Key messages in their practice. This guidance has been shared recently with practitioners in their second and third year of the Emerging Literacy networks.

The Words Up Early Key Messages Guidance Notes March 2019 provide an overview of how ELC practitioners and teachers can embed the Words Up Early key messages in their practice and the Words Up One Early Monitoring Tool March 2019 can be used to support ongoing self-evaluation and reflection on the progress that is being made.

CLICK HERE: Words Up Early Key Messages Guidance Notes March 2019
CLICK HERE: Words Up One Early Monitoring Tool March 2019


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Playtime activities for travelling

With the summer holidays on the horizon, the Real Play Coalition has published a newsletter with some ideas for fun activities parents and children can play during long journeys. From the newsletter: 

Keeping kids occupied during long journeys don’t have to be challenging. Why not take a look at some of our activities below? They’re perfect for keeping the little ones busy. What’s more, they can be fun for adults to join in on, too!

Read the full newsletter by clicking here.


Who are the Real Play Coalition? 

The aim of the Real Play Coalition is to “create a movement that prioritises the importance of play as not something that only lets children be children, but as something that sparks the fire for a child’s development and learning.

Take a look at their ‘Activities for Kids‘ page – a great place to find fun, creative ideas for keeping children entertained. The activities can be filtered based on age range, the number of children taking part, and whether the activity needs equipment. 

The Importance of Rhyme and Rhythm (The Highland Literacy Blog)

The Highland Literacy Blog has published an interesting article about the importance of rhythm and rhyme in ELC settings. Click here to read the post. 

‘Caring for Children Moving Alone’ – a free online course offered by FutureLearn

Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children” is a free online course developed by the University of Strathclyde and accessible on the FutureLearn website. 

Course information, as per the FutureLearn website: 

This course is about the care and protection of unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children who are moving across and between countries. This course will provide an understanding of the risks and vulnerabilities these children face. It will inform the improvement of policy, practice and delivery of support services that uphold children’s rights and meet their best interests.

The course will be of interest to you if you are a front line professional or a volunteer anywhere in the world working to offer care, protection and other support to unaccompanied and separated children on the move.

The course starts on the 27th of May. You can register by visiting the FutureLearn website: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/caring-for-children-moving-alone