Safe Sleep Scotland Workshop

Safe Sleep Scotland will be delivering a FREE ‘Safe Sleep’ education session for professionals in health and childcare on:

Thursday 7th November

5-6.30pm

CALA, Kintail House, Inverness IV2 3BW.

This session will help raise your awareness of how we can reduce the risks of sudden and unexpected death in infancy occurring and good practice to support a baby or young child’s sleep.

Click here to book online or call the CALA office on 01463 222569

Young carers: seen, heard and supported e- learning modules

Connecting Young Carers work with 5 – 24-year olds who are in a caring role for a family member. They provide support, days out, fun opportunities and the chance to meet other young people in similar situations.

A survey carried out in Highland in 2017, estimated that 11.5% of young people were carrying out some sort of caring role. The actual number of young carers is suspected to be much higher as many young people are not being or wishing to be identified as having a caring role.

Connecting Young Carers (in collaboration with CALA) have developed an e-learning module to help raise awareness amongst professionals about the role of young carers, the challenges this can present for the young carers and ‘The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016’.

A young person’s version of the module is also available to be used by secondary aged pupils. This module can be accessed individually by young people or as part of a group to increase their awareness of young carers.

Both modules are a blend of media presentation (including short video clips, animations, useful handouts to download and interactive tasks – all designed to suit individual learning styles.

Connecting Young Carers are launching both modules on Friday, 6th September 2 – 3.30pm at Eden Court Theatre. Spaces are still available at the launch and can be booked at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connecting-young-carers-e-learning-launch-tickets-70004279685

Alternatively, if you would like further information or to register and complete the free module, visit:

www.calaelearning.co.uk

For further information about Connecting Young Carers, visit their website at:

https://connectingcarers.org.uk/carers-services/connecting-young-carers.aspx

Nurturing development through music and movement

New date added!

Nurturing development through music and movement

Would you like to know more about how you can develop children’s creativity, confidence and self-esteem through music and movement? Then don’t miss this interactive learning session for those working with 0-8 year old children.

Due to high demand for our course in Inverness on the 10th September, we have now included a second Inverness date for Monday 9th September. We also still have a few remaining spaces for Fort William, Elgin and Thurso .

Locations and dates

Monday 9th September, Kintail House. Inverness 6.30 – 9pm

Thursday, 12th September 2019, West Highland College, Fort William 6.30 – 9 pm

Wednesday, 18th September 2019, Weigh Inn, Thurso 6.30 – 9 pm

Thursday, 19th September 2019, Community Centre, Elgin, 6.30 – 9 pm

Booking information

Book online by visiting https://careandlearning.typeform.com/to/H1H9nNnN

or telephone Rebecca on 01349 866749.

Upcoming training: Nurturing Development through Music and Movement

Would you like to know more about how you can develop children’s creativity, confidence and self-esteem through music and movement? Then don’t miss this interactive learning session for those working with 0-8 year old children.

Locations and dates

Tuesday, 10th September 2019, Kintail House, Inverness 6.30 – 9 pm 
Thursday, 12th September 2019, West Highland College, Fort William 6.30 – 9 pm 
Wednesday, 18th September 2019, Weigh Inn, Thurso 6.30 – 9 pm 
Thursday, 19th September 2019, Community Centre, Elgin, 6.30 – 9 pm

Booking information

Book online by visiting https://careandlearning.typeform.com/to/H1H9nNnN

or telephone Rebecca on 01349 866749.

Announcing the latest FREE course on the CALA E-Learning Zone: ‘What makes a good chronology?’

We are pleased to announce the launch of the latest free e-learning module ‘What makes a good chronology?’

Get started by visiting the CALA E-Learning Zone and adding ‘What makes a good chronology?’ to your basket. 

This short, interactive module developed in partnership with the Highland Child Protection Committee (with multi-agency input), is designed for anyone who may have cause to write ‘chronologies’ (recording of events or dates in the order of their occurrence) eg. ELC practitioners and agencies including Social Work, Health, Education, Police, Adult Services.

This module aims to support greater understanding what a chronology is, the purpose, types of chronologies, key points to record and highlights the importance of getting this right so that they are effective and fit for purpose.

Watch our promotional video by selecting the image below: 

Instructions for accessing the course: 

It couldn’t be simpler to access this new free course, but if you’ve never used our e-learning website before, here’s how it’s done: 

  1. Go to https://calaelearning.co.uk/our-courses/
  2. Select ‘add to cart’ next to the Chronologies module. 
  3. If you already have an account, enter your username and password. Otherwise press the ‘I don’t have an account’ button.
  4. If asked to enter a coupon, just press next.
  5. On the next screen, you are asked for some basic details about yourself.
  6. Finally, press the ‘complete order’ button. 
  7. That’s it! You should now have access to the free course. 

If you have any difficulty, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

We hope you enjoy the course, made in partnership with the Highland Child Protection Committee. 

Upcoming Training – Gender Equal Play

This upcoming training is an opportunity to support your implementation of key aspects of the
Care Inspectorate guidance, ‘Gender Equal Play, 2018’.

Dates and locations:

Inverness, Kintail House – Tuesday 4th June
Wick, Pultney Centre – Wednesday 5th June
Elgin, Elgin Academy – Monday 10th June
Fort William, West Highland College – Wednesday 12th June

All sessions are 6.30 – 9 pm


This is a FREE Training available to all CALA Members and practitioners working in CALA managed settings. Subject to availability non-members welcome at a cost of £12.50 per person payable at the time of booking. All bookings can be made online at:

https://careandlearning.typeform.com/to/PbXwvw

Enquiries/telephone bookings to Rebecca on 01349 866749 or email: [email protected]

Upcoming training: ‘Developing Literacy and Numeracy Outdoors’ – choose from Elgin or Laurencekirk

This training is a practical, mostly outdoor learning opportunity where you will try out ways to provide rich learning experiences to support the development of young children’s literacy, numeracy and other skills. 

You can choose to attend this training in either Elgin or Laurencekirk.

Elgin:

Date: Saturday 11th May
Location: Winchester House, Elgin
Time: 10am – 3pm
Price: £35 per person (£30 for multiple bookings)

Booking link: https://careandlearning.typeform.com/to/nSVHPn
or telephone 01349 866749

Laurencekirk:

Date: Saturday 25th May
Location: Laurencekirk
Time: 10am – 3pm
Price: £35 per person (£30 for multiple bookings)

Booking link: https://careandlearning.typeform.com/to/dpuiVB
or telephone 01349 866749


In this training, you will: 

  • Explore ways to maximise opportunities for spontaneous well as intentional learning outdoors through free and focused play.
  • Consider planning, resources, children’s learning styles, and meaningful ways to involve children in their own learning.
  • Reflect on partnership with parents, consider the benefits, barriers and solutions for providing outdoor learning and ways to progress along the continuum of implementation in practice.

Upcoming Training: Technologies for Early Learning and Childcare

Course details: 

7/5/19 – Dingwall Community Centre, Dingwall – 1.30 pm – 4 pm

14/5/19 – Wick Assembly Rooms, Wick, 1.30 pm – 4 pm

16/5/19 – Millburn Acadamy, Inverness, 1.30 pm – 4 pm

Book now via the Highland Council CPD Calendar: https://highland.cpdservice.net/

“It’s so much more than digital!”

In this course, you will:

  • Explore the use of familiar, everyday items including recycled items, to provide opportunities for children to develop their technology, skills and discovery
  • Get hands-on, experimenting with ways to enable children to create their own ‘technology’.
  • Look at effective strategies to facilitate collaborative learning, problem solving and creativity. 

Links to: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and ES Benchmarks. 

Book now:  https://highland.cpdservice.net/

Upcoming training in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire – Developing Literacy and Numeracy Outdoors

Course name: Developing Literacy and Numeracy Outdoors
Location: Mearns Academy Community Campus, Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire
Date and Time: Saturday 25th May, 2019. 10 am – 3 pm.
Cost: £35 per person
How to book: Click here to book online, or telephone 01349 866749.

Developing Literacy and Numeracy Outdoors Training – Elgin, 11th May

Register your place by filling out our online booking form: https://careandlearning.typeform.com/to/nSVHPn or telephone Rebecca on 01349 866749.

Upcoming Training – Technologies for Early Learning and Childcare – Dingwall, Wick & Inverness

Course details: 

7/5/19 – Dingwall Community Centre, Dingwall – 1.30 pm – 4 pm

14/5/19 – Wick Assembly Rooms, Wick, 1.30 pm – 4 pm

16/5/19 – Millburn Acadamy, Inverness, 1.30 pm – 4 pm

Book now via the Highland Council CPD Calendar: https://highland.cpdservice.net/

“It’s so much more than digital!”

In this course, you will:

  • Explore the use of familiar, everyday items including recycled items, to provide opportunities for children to develop their technology, skills and discovery
  • Get hands-on, experimenting with ways to enable children to create their own ‘technology’.
  • Look at effective strategies to facilitate collaborative learning, problem solving and creativity. 

Links to: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and ES Benchmarks. 

Book now:  https://highland.cpdservice.net/

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