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

HM Prison Inverness – Peep Progression Pathway qualifications for fathers (and their partners)

CALA Family Support Project Coordinator Mairianne Nairn has been helping deliver 13 weekly hour-long sessions peep sessions with fathers inside HMP Prison Inverness. 

At the request of the Prison Governor, this is now the third time the programme has run. 

The following quotes come from the father’s who took part in the programme: 

“Peep’s had a massive impact on me and my family – without it, I wouldn’t have had that opportunity to bond with my baby.”

“I’ve really enjoyed the course, it’s made me feel more confident in being a first-time dad and I have discovered lots of activities me and my son can do together.”

“It’s helped me exist, I feel more like a father. Even getting to stand up with my daughter makes a huge difference, in a normal visit session we can’t get off our seats.”

Read the full case study by clicking here [PDF].

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 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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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. 

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.

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