Activity and Wellbeing Training – upcoming training in Wick (March 2019)

The Scottish Out of School Care Network (SOSCN) offers these two FREE workshop training sessions on Activity & Wellbeing; the first steps and Activity & Wellbeing; next steps. The sessions are available to all childcare practitioners working in Highland.


Activity & Wellbeing; the first steps – Monday 11th March 2019, 6.30 – 8.30pm (Wick)

Activity & Wellbeing; the next steps – Monday 25th March 2019, 6.30 – 8.30pm (Wick)

For more information on this training, please see the course flyer: 


Book online by visiting:

Upcoming training: Needs, Connections and Development

Care and Learning Alliance are pleased to announce our upcoming training: ‘Needs, Connections and Development’. 

Sessions will be taking place in Inverness and Elgin, both in March 2019. Please see our course flyer for more information. 

Click here to book online.

Book your place by filling out our online booking form, or telephone Rebecca on 01349 866749

Free training in Inverness: online safety awareness

This session will be presented by Robert Quigley, Head Teacher at Milton of Leys Primary School who is currently developing Highland’s strategy for online safety. We will look at some of the current threats and challenges those working with young children are facing in the online world. This session will also explore the bank of resources available to children, staff and parents which will help make digital learning more accessible and increase confidence in the online environment and what it can provide.

Book online by visiting:
or telephone 01463 222569

Where: Care and Learning Alliance, Kintail House, Inverness
When: Thursday 15th November, 12 pm – 2 pm.

There are only 10 more spaces available, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Upcoming Training in Fort William and Wick – ‘Needs, Connections and Development’

Key Details

Where and when: Fort William: Thursday 6th December. Wick: Monday 10th December

How much: Free to CALA members and practitioners. £12.50 for non-members. 

How to book: click here to book online or telephone Rebecca on 01349 866749

Closing date for bookings: 27th November, 2018

Upcoming free event in Inverness: nature is the best playground

What: Scotland’s Play Council Seminar on Nature is the best playground – the benefits of outdoor play in the home, early learning and childcare, in school and in the community

When: Saturday 17th November 2018

Where: Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church, Inverness

How to book: click here

Free e-learning resource from NHS Health Scotland: British Sign Language (BSL)

The following blog update comes courtesy of the Care Inspectorate’s Newsletter: 

We are pleased to let you know about a new e-learning resource that is free and available to you and your staff.

The new module is relevant for all staff across health, mental health and social care. It aims to develop awareness of the different types of British Sign Language (BSL) and share good practice in communicating with people who use BSL, to improve their experience of services.

The module covers the following key learning outcomes:

    • Recognise the different types of communication support needs.
    • Describe the basics of BSL as a language and the rights of BSL users.
    • Respond appropriately to the communication preference of BSL users.
    • Reflect on ways of improving current practice.

NHS Health Scotland’s Workforce Development team developed the module in partnership with BSL users and colleagues from DeafScotland, Deafblind Scotland, the Care Inspectorate, the Scottish Social Services Council, NHS Education Scotland, NHS Lothian and NHS Forth Valley.

We encourage all care service providers and staff to enrol themselves onto this short and enjoyable module. Follow the link at the bottom of this email to NHS Health Scotland’s Virtual Learning Environment.

Please note, new users will need to create an account and log in before accessing the course. You can create a new account on the following link:

Self-enrolment: Once you have created an account and logged in, click the following link and self-enrol in the course –

Highland Child Protection Committee Masterclass: Fabricated and Induced Illness

Highland Child Protection Committee Masterclass: Fabricated and Induced Illness
Delivered by: Dr Danya Glaser
Thursday 25th October 2018, 10 am – 3 pm, Inverness

Register your place by visiting the Highland Child Protection Committee website. 

Upcoming Training: Activity & Wellbeing (free to all Highland childcare practitioners)

The Scottish out of School Care Network (SOSCN) offers these two FREE workshop training sessions on ‘Activity & Wellbeing; the first steps’ and ‘Activity & Wellbeing; next steps’. Delivered in partnership with Care and Learning Alliance, these sessions are being delivered in Inverness. The sessions are available to all childcare practitioners working in Highland.

To book your place at one or both of these training sessions, please visit:

This training looks at barriers to physical activity, how these can be overcome and the importance of being active for supporting the healthy development of children. These topics are covered by staff discussion, theory and case studies.

For more information on these training sessions, please download the course flyer by clicking here. 

Dates and Times

Activity & Wellbeing; the first steps – Sat 29th Sep 2018 – 10 am – 12 pm.

Activity & Wellbeing; the next steps – Sat 3rd Nov 2018 – 10 am – 12pm.

Culloden and Balloch Baptist Church, Inverness IV2 7GS


Upcoming Training: Taking Literacy and Numeracy Outdoors

25th September 2018 – Portree Primary School, Portree (9.30am – 3pm)

A highly practical, energising day which is designed to support practitioners to further develop the quality of children’s learning outdoors. We will blend theory with practice using the rich outdoor learning environment to support the development of cross-curricular learning including early literacy and numeracy. We will consider the need for the balance between child-led and ‘adult-intended’ learning experiences in line with the guidance within ‘Building the Ambition’ 2014 and ‘My World Outdoors’ 2016 using simple, low cost ideas and strategies which support implementation of aspects of Highland Literacy and Numeracy progression and Education Scotland’s ‘Benchmarks.’

A large part of the day will be spent developing our own learning outdoors, so we advise you to bring suitable outdoor clothing and footwear for the conditions on the day along with a packed lunch and refreshments.

Book now on using the Highland Council CPD Calendar:

Please note you must work in Highland in order to book on to this course. 

Upcoming Training: How Children Learn Through Play (book through Highland Council CPD Service)

This course is delivered over two sessions. Students must be able to attend both parts. Small tasks will be allocated at the end of Session 1 in preparation for Session 2.

Book a place on this course on the Highland Council CPD Calendar. 

Highland Child Protection Committee: Autumn training dates

The Highland Child Protection Committee (HCPC) have published their Autumn child protection training calendar. This includes new dates for Developing Competence in Child Protection, WRAP and the Graded Care Profile which is currently being rolled out across Highland.

You can view the training calendar on the HCPC website by clicking here.