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. 

We’ve revamped the training section of our website

We’ve made a few changes to the training section of our website, in an effort to make it clearer, more informative, and easier to use. Take a look here: https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/training-services/

The CALA Training Team have been hard at work producing their ‘Learning and Development Menu’, which details everything you could wish to know about the training that CALA offer. Download the learning and development menu by clicking here

Do you have any suggestions for what else we could feature on the training page? We’d love to hear your feedback. Contact us at [email protected]

Upcoming CALA Training: ‘The Value of Play based on the Playtypes Toolkit’ – Inverness, Thurso, Fort William, Elgin

This is a FREE Training available to all CALA members and practitioners working in CALA managed settings.

Subject to availability, non-members are welcome at a cost of £12.50 per person, payable at time of booking.

Book online by following this link.

Dates and Times

  • Thurso: Tuesday 29th May Weigh Inn; 6.30 – 9 pm
  • Elgin: Thursday 31st May Elgin High School; 6.30– 9 pm
  • Inverness: Wednesday 6th June Kintail House; 6.30-9 pm

Booking Details

You can book online by pressing the button below:

Or simply call our Inverness office on 01463 222569.

GDPR training and networking event – Inverness Caledonian Thistle Stadium (9th May 2018)

The following blog update comes from the Federation of Small Businesses newsletter:


GDPR: Hear From The Experts! – Inverness Caledonian Thistle Stadium
Wednesday 9th May 2018 11.00 to 14.45  

Still worried about GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and what it means for you and your business? 

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then you should join us in the Inverness Caledonian Thistle Stadium for a highly informative and helpful session with FSB experts. 

The most important change to data privacy laws in 20 years, GDPR will come into force on the 25th of May and it will touch every business

In addition to presentations, there will be plenty of time to ask questions and to network with other businesses in the same boat. 

For full details on this FREE event and to BOOK, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fsbs-gdpr-grand-tour-tickets-45233524690

Please note that numbers are tight so booking is essential.

Safeguarding and Child Protection (update from Education Scotland)

Information for practitioners is now available on the National Improvement Hub:

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Prevent Duty Guidance

https://education.gov.scot/improvement

Fort William PLiP Training – Last Chance to Book!

There are still places available for our upcoming free training in Fort William: Play and Learning into Practice (PLiP).

Fort William; Moorings Hotel – 26th April & 3rd May.

BOOKING WILL CLOSE THIS THURSDAY (19TH APRIL) AT 5 PM. 

9.45 a.m – 4 p.m each day. Lunch will be provided.

This is a FREE introductory two-day course for both new and inexperienced practitioners and experienced practitioners looking to refresh their skills and knowledge in the value of play and learning. Book your place by pressing the button below:

Course Outline

This training is free to ELC practitioners working in Highland as part of Highland Councils CPD staff development programme

The course provides a unique opportunity to access a brand new condensed version of our 6-day course and provides a wide range of practical learning experiences, knowledge on child development and an understanding of how to provide an effective early learning and childcare environment.

  • Introduction to child development and health and defining and meeting children’s changing needs. Gain an insight to the key areas of the Curriculum for Excellence.
  • Explore the value of active learning, developmental milestones, and related current national guidance.
  • Consider principal factors affecting children’s development and how these may have a positive or negative impact
  • Gain understanding of the value of play, and types and stages of play development. Explore adult interaction which supports high-quality play and learning.
  • Consider environments and experiences in ELC including indoor and outdoor learning environment, layout, resources and the benefits of facilitating reasonable risk in play.
  • Our practical workshops provide fun play and learning and will help to inspire you and put theory into practice! These include: Paint; Dough and Clay; Music and Movement; Physical and Energetic Play; Drama, Puppets and Role Play.

What past students have said about PLiP

“Amazing, lots of active learning. I enjoyed and learned a lot and took things back to work.”

It has made me a more confident key worker. I feel I know what I am talking about with child’s development.”

Booking Information

To book your place at this training, please fill out our online booking form by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can book by telephoning our Inverness office on 01463 222569.

Upcoming free childcare training in Fort William: ‘Play and Learning into Practice’ (PLiP)’ – 26th of April & 3rd of May

There are still places available for our upcoming free training in Fort William: Play and Learning into Practice (PLiP).

Fort William; Moorings Hotel – 26th April & 3rd May.

9.45 a.m – 4 p.m each day. Lunch will be provided.

This is a FREE introductory two-day course for both new and inexperienced practitioners and experienced practitioners looking to refresh their skills and knowledge in the value of play and learning. Book your place by pressing the button below:

Course Outline

This training is free to ELC practitioners working in Highland as part of Highland Councils CPD staff development programme

The course provides a unique opportunity to access a brand new condensed version of our 6-day course and provides a wide range of practical learning experiences, knowledge on child development and an understanding of how to provide an effective early learning and childcare environment.

  • Introduction to child development and health and defining and meeting children’s changing needs. Gain an insight to the key areas of the Curriculum for Excellence.
  • Explore the value of active learning, developmental milestones, and related current national guidance.
  • Consider principal factors affecting children’s development and how these may have a positive or negative impact
  • Gain understanding of the value of play, and types and stages of play development. Explore adult interaction which supports high-quality play and learning.
  • Consider environments and experiences in ELC including indoor and outdoor learning environment, layout, resources and the benefits of facilitating reasonable risk in play.
  • Our practical workshops provide fun play and learning and will help to inspire you and put theory into practice! These include: Paint; Dough and Clay; Music and Movement; Physical and Energetic Play; Drama, Puppets and Role Play.

What past students have said about PLiP

“Amazing, lots of active learning. I enjoyed and learned a lot and took things back to work.”

It has made me a more confident key worker. I feel I know what I am talking about with child’s development.”

Booking Information

To book your place at this training, please fill out our online booking form by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can book by telephoning our Inverness office on 01463 222569.

Upcoming free CALA Training: ‘Play and Learning into Practice’ – Inverness, Wick & Fort William

This is a FREE introductory two-day course for both new and inexperienced practitioners and experienced practitioners looking to refresh their skills and knowledge in the value of play and learning. Book your place by pressing the button below:

Course Details

Fort William – Moorings Hotel. Thursday 26th April and Thursday 3rd May  2018

Wick – Pultney Peoples Project. Thursday 10th May and Thursday 17th May 2018

Inverness – Culloden & Balloch Baptist Church. Thursday 24th  May and Thursday 31st May 2018

9.45 a.m – 4 p.m each day. Lunch will be provided.

Course Outline

This training is free to ELC practitioners working in Highland as part of Highland Councils CPD staff development programme

The course provides a unique opportunity to access a brand new condensed version of our 6-day course and provides a wide range of practical learning experiences, knowledge on child development and an understanding of how to provide an effective early learning and childcare environment.

  • Introduction to child development and health and defining and meeting children’s changing needs. Gain an insight to the key areas of the Curriculum for Excellence.
  • Explore the value of active learning, developmental milestones, and related current national guidance.
  • Consider principal factors affecting children’s development and how these may have a positive or negative impact
  • Gain understanding of the value of play, and types and stages of play development. Explore adult interaction which supports high-quality play and learning.
  • Consider environments and experiences in ELC including indoor and outdoor learning environment, layout, resources and the benefits of facilitating reasonable risk in play.
  • Our practical workshops provide fun play and learning and will help to inspire you and put theory into practice! These include: Paint; Dough and Clay; Music and Movement; Physical and Energetic Play; Drama, Puppets and Role Play.

What past students have said about PLiP

“Amazing, lots of active learning. I enjoyed and learned a lot and took things back to work.”

It has made me a more confident key worker. I feel I know what I am talking about with child’s development.”

Booking Information

To book your place at this training, please fill out our online booking form by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can book by telephoning our Inverness office on 01463 222569.

Upcoming CALA Training in Inverurie – Nurturing Creativity Through Expressive Arts (19th May, 2018)

Course Details

Name: Nurturing Creativity Through Expressive Arts
Date and time: Saturday 19th May 2018, 10 am – 12.30 pm
Location: Kintore Arms, Inverurie, AB51 3QJ
Price: £25.00 per person.

How to Book

To book on to this course, please use our online booking form. Click here to be taken to the form.

Alternatively, you can book a place by phoning our Inverness office on 01463 222569.

If you are booking for multiple people, please note you will have to fill out the form for each person.

Course Outline

In this session we will:

  • Consider the meaning of ‘creativity’ in relation to experiences with expressive arts
  • Explore the new resource tool ‘Our Creative Journey’ and how we can use it to further develop environments and experiences in Expressive Arts, taking into account the interests, stage and needs of the children we work with.
  • Consider strategies to further develop our practice in promoting young children’s creativity through expressive arts.

Upcoming FREE Training: An introduction to aspects of Play into Practice (Inverness)

We are offering an exciting opportunity for those working with children in Out of School Care and childminders in Highland! We invite you to attend our practical workshops adapted from our ‘Play into Practice’ course.

This course takes place over 4 sessions, over four consecutive weeks.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE ON THE COURSE.


Course Details

Tuesday 1st May 2018, 6.30 – 9 pm
Session 1 – We will explore the benefits and features of quality play, consider how to meet children’s changing stages of development and explore use of the element of ‘Wind’ in our fun practical hands-on session.

Tuesday 8th May 2018, 6.30 – 9 pm
Session 2 – We will provide an introduction to Children’s Rights, Playwork Principles and consider the play environment then try out some hands-on learning through play with ‘Water’.

Tuesday 15th May 2018, 6.30 – 9 pm
Session 3 – Includes an introduction to the Play Cycle, the role of the adult, and 16 Types of Play. We’ll try out aspects of theory and get creative using large and small scale ‘Loose Parts.’

Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 6.30 – 9 pm
Session 4 – Exploring the importance of effective communication, strategies and benefits of meaningful consultation with children. Our final practical play opportunity includes a large scale ‘art attack,’ puppet play and creating your own games which we will link to the Types of Play and SHANARRI indicators.

The sessions will take place at Culloden and Balloch Baptist Church Wellside Road, Balloch, Inverness IV2 7GS. 


These sessions are suitable for those who may be new to working with children in OOSC , those who want to develop their knowledge and practice or simply a refresher and a little inspiration! Content is linked to the National guidance “Building the Ambition” 2014. This training is free to all practitioners working in Highland as part of the Highland Council’s CPD staff development programme.


CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE ON THE COURSE.

Or book over the phone by contacting our Inverness office – 01463 222569.

Free Child Protection Event in Inverness – Wednesday 21st March 2018

Community Groups and Third Sector Organisations – find out your responsibilities for Child Protection.

If you would like to attend, please click here to be taken to the online registration form.

Alternatively, telephone 01463 222569 to book a place.

Upcoming CALA Training: Nurturing Creativity through Expressive Arts

This is a FREE Learning and Development session available to all CALA Members and practitioners working in CALA managed settings. Subject to availability. Non-members are welcome at a cost of £12.50 per person payable at time of booking.

Click here to book your place. 

This training is based on the newly launched ‘Our Creative Journey’ by Care Inspectorate.

In this session we will:

  • Consider the meaning of ‘creativity’ in relation to experiences with expressive arts.
  • Explore the new resource tool ‘Our Creative Journey’ and how we can use it to further develop environments and experiences in Expressive Arts, taking into account the interests, stage and needs of the children we work with.
  • Consider strategies to further develop our practice in promoting young children’s creativity through expressive arts.

Course Details

Elgin, Town Hall, Wednesday 7th March 2018, 6.30-9pm

Thurso, Weigh Inn, Wednesday 14th March 2018, 6.30 – 9pm

Inverness, Venue TBC, Monday 19th March 2018, 6.30 – 9pm

Fort William, Lochaber College, Monday 26th March 2018, 6.30pm – 9pm

How to Book

You can book on to this course using our online booking form: https://careandlearning.typeform.com/to/NOmDlU

Or if you’d prefer, telephone our Inverness office on 01463 222569.

Please note if you wish to book multiple people on to the course, booking over the phone is the simplest method.