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.”

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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/

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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