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

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Drakies OOSC

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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.

Third Sector Cyber Resilience – March 2019 Newsletter

The Scottish Government’s ‘Third Sector Cyber Resilience Unit’ have released their March newsletter. If you work with a computer that has access to the internet, you should know the basics of cybersecurity, in order to ensure your data does not fall into the wrong hands. 

You can download the newsletter by clicking here. It contains information on:

  • The Cyber Essentials Voucher Scheme – grants of up to £1,000 are available.
  • A free staff training guide you can use to get up to speed with cybersecurity essentials. 
  • Information on ‘cybersecurity week’, taking place from 22nd to 28th April 2019.
  • Information on ‘World Back-up Day’, taking place on March 31st.
  • Lots of links to useful websites and training resources

 

British Science Week: 8th – 17th March

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths.  The event takes place from 8th to 17th March and this year is themed around ‘journeys’.  

You can find out more and download ideas and activities from the website at www.britishscienceweek.org 

From creating tunnels, time capsules and perfume to keeping a nature log and mummifying an orange, there’s something for everyone. 

Exploring Light, Shadow and Reflection at Strathdearn Daycare Centre

The Children at Strathdearn Daycare Centre have been taking full advantage of the dark clear nights.  By exploring the night sky, they have learned to identify a range of constellations: this has led to discussions on stars, how they are formed and learning about hydrogen and helium gases. 

They have also engaged in a range of fun games, exploring and experimenting with how light travels, playing Night Time Gorse bush Hide and Seek using torches to navigate their way around and communicate with each other.

In the shadow den the children experimented with light, learning about distance by moving objects closer or further away from light and how to position light to create shadows. The children used the shadows to make and tell stories and using coloured finger lights they explored mingling the colours together to create new colours. 

Staff noted having fun in the dark was extremely beneficial in helping to support children to overcome fears and build their confidence of the dark.

Child lead shadowgraphy storytelling

They’ve had great fun playing ‘Nighttime Gorsebush Hide and Seek’ using torches to navigate their way around and communicate with each other.

In shadow den children experimenting with light, learning distance by moving them objects closer or further away from light. Learning how to position light to create shadows. Using coloured finger lights children explored placing colours together to create new colours.

Staff have found this extremely beneficial in helping to support children to overcome fears and build their confidence with the dark.

Help shape the future of out of school care in Scotland

Would you like to help shape the future of out of school care in Scotland? Then why not come along to the ‘Shaping the Framework’ event on Wednesday 6th March in Inverness. SOSCN and the Scottish Government want to hear what you think should be included in the out of school care framework currently in development.

The ‘Shaping the Framework’ event is run by SOSCN in partnership with the Out of School Care Team at the Scottish Government. At this event, SOSCN will share recent sector updates as well as results from recent research with children and parents.

Venue: Craigmonie Hotel, 9 Annfield Rd, Inverness IV2 3HX
Date and Time: Wednesday 6th March 2019, 9.45am – 1,00pm
Refreshments: breakfast rolls, teas and coffees will be provided

Download a booking form by visiting: https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/SOSCN-Inverness-Shaping-The-Framework-Event.doc

Youth Hour at the Scottish Child Law Centre

Every Tuesday and Thursday between 12 am – 1 pm is ‘Youth Hour’ at the Scottish Child Law Centre. During Youth Hour, the solicitors manning the phones at the Scottish Child Law Centre will only take calls from people under the age of 21. 

They can be called free from a landline on 0800 328 8970, or from a mobile on 0300 3301421.

The Best Start Grant – Pregnancy and Baby Payment

The new Best Start Grant is up to £600 to help with a new baby. If you receive benefits or tax credits, you could be eligible. Visit https://www.mygov.scot/beststart/ to find out more.

ICT Support for People With Dyslexia – 25th February 2019, 7pm-9pm, Inverness

The following blog post was originally published on the Highland Literacy Blog


Dyslexia Scotland are running the following event in Inverness on Monday 25th February 2019, 7pm-9pm in Kinmylies Primary School, Inverness.

Children’s Mental Health Week – 4th – 10th February 2019 – Healthy: Inside and Out

Set up by the children’s mental health charity Place2Be, this designated week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme of Healthy: Inside and Out encourages everyone to think about how they look after their bodies and minds.

When people talk about being healthy, they are usually thinking about eating the right food, exercising and getting enough sleep. Place2Be reminds us it is important to look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too. Mental health issues are not restricted to adults: schools recognise that children in every class have diagnosable mental health conditions and many struggle with difficulties in every day living.

Our bodies and minds are connected, so simple things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help healthy inside and out our mental wellbeing too. It doesn’t have to be difficult.

Place2Be has produced a range of resources to support parents and children in thinking about how they look after their bodies and minds. It might be talking to each other, a friend or a trusted adult; noticing something that makes you feel good and thinking about why it does; or deciding to do something new to look after your body and mind.

It’s important to remember that everyone’s bodies and minds are different. There’s no such thing as a perfect body or mind so people might pick different things that help them feel Healthy: Inside and Out – and that’s OK!

For more information, including guides for parents, carers and children, check out the Place2Be website at: www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk

If you are a child or parent, you can find out about organisations that can help at: www.place2be.org.uk/usefulcontacts

Children and young people can also call the Childline helpline at 24 hours a day on 0800 1111

The ELC Inclusion Fund opens on the 4th of February, 2019

The third round of the Scottish Government’s Early Learning & Childcare Inclusion Fund will open to new applications from 12.00pm on Monday 4 February.

The ELC Inclusion Fund provides funding to selected Scottish registered ELC providers to support children with additional support needs (ASN) in Scotland access their funded ELC entitlement. It funds staff working in ELC settings to receive appropriate training and fund resources, equipment and adaptations to help meet the needs of these children.

Details on the funding and how to apply can be found on Children in Scotland’s website by visiting https://childreninscotland.org.uk/our-work/services/early-learning-childcare-inclusion-fund/

Closing date for applying to the fund is 5 pm on Friday 22 February 2019. For further details email [email protected]

Brexit implications for rural Highland – discussion event at Eden Court on 15th March

Highland Third Sector Interface are holding a discussion on the post-Brexit community development landscape in Highland. The event will consider the implications for rural Highland after Brexit, how that relates to community development and the impact of the loss of LEADER Funding. 

Where: Eden Court, Inverness
When: 15 March 2019
Book a place: email [email protected]