Recapping the CALA Conference 2017

On September 28th we held our annual conference. The theme this year was ‘Workforce Development: Today’s Children are Tomorrow’s Future’. It was a beautiful Autumn day at Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church, with people from across the ELC sector gathering together for a full day of speakers, workshops, networking, and a little bit of samba drumming.

We would like to thank everyone who came along and made it such a fun, informative day. We’d also like to thank our incredible guest speakers and workshop leaders, who made sure we all left the conference full of new ideas and information.

We have prepared an interactive report that summarises our 2017 Conference. Take a look here: https://sway.com/3JuHCgUMwzFg9UUj?ref=Link

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Have you signed up yet? If not, you better hurry, only 3 weeks to go! Head over to https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/cala-conference-2017/ to sign up.

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Book your place at the 2017 CALA Conference!

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Our annual conference will take place on September 28th at Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church, Inverness. If you haven’t yet, head over to the conference page of our website for more information and to book your place.

The theme of this year’s conference is: Workforce Development: Today’s Children are Tomorrow’s Future.

We have a number of fantastic workshops planned for the day, as well as a keynote address from James Hempsall OBE, National Programme Director for Childcare Works.


Workshops

Workshop 1: Developing the Young Workforce

Aileen Mackay (Strategic Quality Improvement Officer for Highland) and colleagues will share expectations for ELC in planning and providing a breadth of rich relevant play experiences to develop children’s understanding to the wider world of work and take a quick look of where we are on the DYW journey and what else we could be doing.

Workshop 2: Early Learning and Childcare: Routes and Transitions

Dr Alice J F Mongiello, BA Childhood Practice Programme Leader from at UHI Highlands and Islands and her team will lead a workshop which will:

  • explore a broad range of routes and transitions staff/students can undertake whether they are currently employed or are looking to join the Early Years sector.
  • Highlight that these are exciting, yet somewhat challenging, times to be involved in the Early Years sector and as the workforce continues to grow, look at how we need to remain mindful of the provision offered to young children and their families. The aim is to maintain high standards as we realise and achieve the growth required within the sector.

Workshop 3: Developing the Young Workforce, Creativity Skills

Lucy McGlennon, CREATIVE Business and Engagement Officer from Highland Creative Learning Network who will deliver a workshop to support and develop delegates knowledge and understanding about how creativity skills are increasingly valuable to employers, and help us to be empowered, flexible and adaptable in our own lives.


Book your place today!

If you’d like to read more about our workshops or speakers, click here to be taken to the 2017 CALA Conference page on our website. 

Or, if you’re ready to book, click here to be taken directly to the conference booking form. You can pay via credit/debit card, cheque or bank transfer.

We look forward to seeing you there 🙂

Book your place at the 2017 CALA Conference!

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We are now accepting bookings for the 2017 CALA Conference! 

To book, please go to: https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/conference-booking-form.html to fill out a quick form.

Places cost £25 per person. We accept the following payment methods: online using credit/debit card, over the phone using debit/credit card, cheque, or BACS transfer.


Conference Details

When: Thursday 28th September, 2017, 09:30am.

Where: Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church, Wellside Road, Balloch, Inverness.

We have chosen the theme of ‘Workforce Development’ as a highly topical, national focus as we work with partners to build capacity to meet the forthcoming increase in quality flexible early learning and childcare by 2020, when the Scottish Government will offer 1140 hours of funded ELC for all three and four year olds and eligible 2 year olds in Scotland.

We are delighted to confirm that this year’s keynote speaker will be James Hempsall OBE. James is a National Support Director for the Department of Education’s ‘Achieving Two Year Olds’ (A2YO) and has worked in a wide variety of roles in the childcare sector for over 25 years, including working at strategic and operational level with local authorities across England to support implementation of government childcare policy.

Learn more about the 2017 CALA Conference by visiting our conference page, which includes a full biography of James Hempsall OBE.


Book your place now!

CALA Conference 2017 – Workforce Development: Today’s Children are Tomorrow’s Future

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We will be hosting our annual conference in Inverness on Thursday 28th September, 2017. We have chosen the theme of ‘Workforce Development’ as a highly topical, national focus as we work with partners to build capacity to meet the forthcoming increase in quality flexible early learning and childcare by 2020, when the Scottish Government will offer 1140 hours of funded ELC for all three and four year olds and eligible 2 year olds in Scotland.

We are delighted to confirm that this year’s keynote speaker will be James Hempsall OBE. James is a National Support Director for the Department of Education’s ‘Achieving Two Year Olds’ (A2YO) and has worked in a wide variety of roles in the childcare sector for over 25 years, including working at strategic and operational level with local authorities across England to support implementation of government childcare policy.

In his keynote speech James will tell us about the latest developments and ongoing expansion in Early Learning and Childcare and share examples from a variety of types of provision across the country to help inform our thinking and forward planning to implement ‘Blueprint for 2020: Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland’.

Learn more about the 2017 CALA Conference by visiting our conference page, which includes a full biography of James Hempsall OBE.


Save the Date: Thursday 28th September, Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church, Inverness.

CALA Conference 2017 – Save the Date

We are hard at work planning this year’s CALA Conference. More details will follow at a later date, but if you’re interested in attending, we advise you to save the date: 28th September 2017.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Workforce Development”, and will feature a fantastic line-up of workshops and guest speakers. If you have an interest in issues relating to early learning and childcare, the CALA Conference is a great way to increase your knowledge and meet a wide range of like-minded people.

We can’t wait to share with you what we’ve got planned! Stay tuned…

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