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

 

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.