Fortrose Pre-school

Cleaner

6.25 hours per week at £8.21 per hour

1.25 hours, Monday to Friday, term time only

Closing date: Monday 23rd September 2019

Interview date: Monday 7th October 2019

Download Your Application Pack here:

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Equal Opportunities Form

Application Form

All completed forms (Application,  & Equal Opportunities) should be emailed to: [email protected] or posted to:

Care and Learning Alliance
Unit 3 Bridgend Business Park
Dingwall IV15 9SL

For any other queries concerning this post, please email: [email protected] or phone Gillian on: 01349 866749.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974(Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2013 and the Amendment Order 2018.

The successful applicant will be required to become a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.

Scottish Charity No. SC034557

CALA is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre

Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre

Childcare spaces available for 0-2 years.

Are you looking for childcare for your baby in Inverness?

Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre currently has spaces in their ‘Little Explorers Room’ for babies and toddlers 0-2 years.

The children and staff have put together the small slide show below to demonstrate some of the daily play and learning experiences they have at Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre – why not pop along for a visit and join the fun!

For further information contact: Tel: 01463 222115 or email [email protected]

Gardening Fun at Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre

The children and staff at Wimberley would like to express a big thank for all their kind donations to:

  • Morrison’s, Inverness,
  • Munro’s Nurseries, Munlochy 
  • Simpsons Garden Centre, Inverness,

The resources and materials enabled our children to begin creating a vegetable plot, raised beds and a Bug Hotel.

This has been invaluable for our children’s learning; they have been exploring how things grow, how to care for them and are looking forward to the next step of tasting the fruits of their labour.

We have plans to extend this area further,  so watch this space! 

         “We were planting and looking after the vegetables and flowers.”

“We have been working together to make it all happen and looking forward to meeting our residents in the bug hotel.”

Thank you also to all our Mummies, Daddies, Grannies and Grandpas, who have also helped us make our garden so much more fun.

Best wishes from everyone in Wimberley.

Junior World Update

The ongoing commitment to providing a natural habitat for nature and the children’s sustained interest in gardening continues to provide a range of exciting learning experiences for children of all ages. The children have had the opportunity to watch things grow and try our grown vegetables & salads. Our wildflower gardens have brought an abundance of colour and beasties for the children to investigate and explore.

Blytheswood Foodbank Collection

Thank you to everyone for your food bank donations. We were delighted to deliver the centres contributions this month. 

Echo-Schools

Finally following our recent success in an Eco-Schools Prize Draw and the addition of your successful fundraising the children are thoroughly enjoying a range of natural resources purchased from Muddy Faces.

Lochinver ELC’s KIMO Journey

Select the image to play the children’s video!

The children at Lochinver ELC have recently been in the news and have put together a video to share with us how their work finally influenced their local harbour to join others in helping to reduce marine litter.

Below is part of the press release which gives a little bit of background. You can read the full press release by clicking here [.doc]

“A pre-school in Lochinver has successfully lobbied to get its local harbour to join KIMO’s Fishing For Litter project which makes this harbour the 20th in Scotland. The children made a sign and sent it to KIMO via Twitter to raise the profile of their campaign.”

“KIMO’s Fishing For Litter project works with the fishing industry to reduce marine litter and the children at Lochinver Early Learning Centre started a campaign almost two and a half years ago by asking the local harbour to join the initiative. As part of their Eco-Schools work, they completed a survey of fishing boats using Kinlochbervie, Ullapool and Lochinver harbours and found Lochinver was the only one not in the scheme.”

“Visits to the harbour and pressure on local Councillors seemed to falter for various reasons. Jaci Douglas, Care and Learning Alliance (CALA’s) Chief Executive sent a tweet and photo to KIMO and this has successfully reignited the process. The primary funding is coming from Tesco who had recently approached KIMO looking to fund and recruit a new Fishing For Litter harbour in Scotland.”

The staff and children at Junior World reflect on this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme

In recognition of Mental Health Week, the children of Junior World were discussing this year’s theme of ‘Body Image’. They used the opportunity to reflect and think about how they feel about their own bodies and expressed their thoughts and ideas creatively through drawings.

“I’m happy with my image although if someone is watching I am a bit shy”

“When I look in the mirror, I am very happy with the way I look”

“I am fast, skilled, athletic and sporty”

“I really love my hair and my smile”

Junior World team up with TerraCycle to help reduce plastic waste from bread bags and crisp packets

The following blog update comes from Jayne Macintosh at Junior World in Nairn: 

Joining up with Terracycle at the end of last year we have been increasing our awareness of recycling and everyone has been participating with the Walkers Crisp Packet Initiative and we have so far collected over 1000 crisp packets.

Last week we were the first registered collection point in the Highlands for “bread bags” a new initiative set up by Hovis. We have joined forces with the local Co-op stores in Nairn, who have agreed to be collection points and we are excited to be organising recycling advisory afternoons at the local Co-op stores in the very near future.

All recycled produce will be sent to TerraCycle where eventually they will be transformed into benches, watering cans etc.

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Junior World’s Zip Wire Challenge

On Saturday 23rd March, 5 staff from Junior World stepped out of their comfort zone and took part in a ‘Zip Wire Challenge’ to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland. Centre Manager Jayne Macintosh was delighted when some of her team agreed to take part in the challenge alongside her and together successfully raised over £500.

Not only is this charity significant to Jayne personally, having lost her Dad two years ago to this crippling disease. Importantly, Junior World’s ongoing commitment to its Intergenerational Projects has further highlighted the challenges faced by individuals and their families coping with Alzheimer’s.

Although a bit chilly, the sun shone all day and a great day was had by all. We would like to thank everyone for their support and contributions. Junior World have raised funds and contributed to 4 charitable organisations this year and welcome any suggestions for future fundraising challenges.

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. 

Croileagan Inbhir Narainn (Nairn Gaelic Playgroup) – Enrolment Information

Enrolment week for childcare places at Croileagan Inbhir Narainn commences Monday 25th February and concludes Friday 1st March 2019. Please see the poster below for more information:

Lochinver ELC hunt for the perfect Christmas tree

The following blog post was submitted by the staff at Lochinver ELC: 


The fun and learning opportunities when you go searching for a Christmas tree are endless.

The children first had to think about where the tree would go and measure the space…. “with what?” Remembering the big number was tricky but it was the same height as Jane’s shoulders. Saws are sharp and dangerous but not our folding saw! Which tree to choose? Children learnt a new word “evergreen” and discovered some had “needles” not leaves. We even made up a new song!

Of course, when we returned, the tree was hung upside down the old traditional way!

Merry Christmas!

Click on the image below to watch a video of Lochinver’s Christmas Tree hunt! 

“Food Matters” – A new resource from the Care Inspectorate (featuring Junior World)

Food Matters is a resource by the Care Inspectorate that highlights examples of good practice from across the ELC sector in relation to food and nutrition. The resource compliments NHS Health Scotland’s ‘Setting the Table‘, the nutritional guidance and food standards for the ELC sector. 

You can view the resource on the Care Inspectorate website by clicking here.

The guidance features case studies from ELC settings across Scotland, including Junior World in Nairn. 

Here’s an excerpt from the guidance, in which Jayne Macintosh, Junior World Manager, talks about their gardening project: 

“Donations of seeds, bulbs and resources for the garden led to them growing produce. Children
delighted in growing their own strawberries and commented that they tasted better than any they had
eaten before. The gardening project expanded to include growing radishes, cucumbers, and tomatoes
as well as herbs and flowers. The children now take extra delight in ensuring that Jayne, the manager,
always has fresh flowers in her office. They also show their parents what they have been doing, taking
real pride in their achievements.”