Administrative Officer

Administrative Officer

30 Hours per week (6 hours per day Mon to Fri)

Salary: £17,160.00 per annum (£11.00 per hour)

Are you confident, a strong communicator, able to work flexibly and work to tight timescales? Do you have customer service experience?

The Administrative Officer will work within the Inverness office team providing support and leadership and ensure that the office runs smoothly and efficiently.

Candidates must have a proven track record of working in an office environment Excellent current working experience in a variety of Microsoft Office packages e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher & Office 365 is essential. Knowledge of Early Learning and Childcare would be desirable.

Training will be provided.

Closing date: Monday 2nd September 2019

Interviews will be held on 12th September 2019

Download Your Application Pack here:

Job Description

Personal Specification

Equal Opportunities Form

Application Form

All completed forms (Application, Self Declaration & 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 and register with SSSC.

Scottish Charity No. SC034557

CALA is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Clerical Assistant Dingwall

Clerical Assistant

To work within our busy Dingwall office.

The successful applicant will have previous clerical experience and a good working knowledge of MS Office.

Main duties will include recording the mail, answering the telephone, maintaining sickness/attendance stats, clerical support for human resources and order purchasing.

20 hours per week at £9.00 per hour

9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday

Closing date: Monday 02 September 2019

Interview date: Friday 13th September 2019

Download Your Application Pack here:

Job Description

Personal Specification

Equal Opportunities Form

Application Form

All completed forms (Application, Self Declaration & 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 and register with SSSC.

Scottish Charity No. SC034557

CALA is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Best Start Foods

Best Start Foods – Social Security Scotland

Pregnant women and families with babies and children receiving certain benefits are being offered increased access to healthy foods.

The new Best Start Foods payment replaces the UK Government’s Healthy Start paper vouchers with a new payment card and is now open for new applications. New applications can be submitted by calling 0800 182 2222 or online www.mygov.scot  

Best Start Foods provides low income families on certain benefits with £17.00 every four weeks during pregnancy and for every child under three to spend on a range of healthy foods.  This payment increases to £34.00 for children under one.

People already in receipt of Healthy Start Vouchers will continue to receive these until such time as they are contacted directly with full details of how they will be transferred over.

To access the ‘Best Start Foods Fact sheet’  – CLICK HERE

To visit Social Security Scotland Website – CLICK HERE

Allied Health Professionals Enquiry Line (AHP)

Allied Health Professionals Enquiry Line (AHP)

The AHP enquiry line aims to help you support the development of children and young people.

It is for all Highland parents, carers, children, young people, and those who work with them.

The phone line is open most Tuesdays from 2pm- 5pm.

The professionals usually available are:

  • Dietitians
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Primary Mental Health Workers
  • Speech and Language therapists

Telephone = 07785477686.

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]

DYW – #No Wrong Path Campaign – 6th August 2019

#No Wrong Path Campaign

Here at CALA we are supporting #NoWrongPath to provide inspiration and reassurance to young people (and concerned parents) receiving exam results today. Just remember there are lots of interesting job roles across Scotland and we can all get there through many different paths.

If results are not as you have anticipated, it may be useful to visit the #NoWrongPath website for some reassurance and inspiration that there are many other options. The social media campaign by Developing Young Workforce aims to:

“show young people the options that are available to them and that exams results are not necessarily the key to unlocking future success” (www.nowrongpath.scot)

Here are some of the CALA staff who have shared their stories.

Employers: Government help with childcare costs for your employees

Employers: Government help with childcare costs for employees

As childcare vouchers have closed to new entrants, there still may be help at hand for employers with Tax-Free Childcare, a government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare.
Eligible parents could get up to £2,000 per child, per year, to spend on qualifying childcare. For parents with 2 children, that could mean a saving of £4,000 on the family budget.

You don’t need to do anything, but telling your employees about Tax-Free Childcare could:

• help them with their childcare costs
• help their return to work
• help them work more hours, if they want to
• help you retain staff you’ve invested in.

For more information, tell your employees to visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/tfc2.

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.

Children’s Rights

Improving children’s rights

Consultation on incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Scottish Government is seeking views on how best to incorporate the UN’s ‘gold standard’ for children’s rights into Scots Law and improve the lives of children and young people. The Scottish Government state that:

“Incorporating the UNCRC will strengthen existing work to protect and respect children, and the consultation seeks views on the best way to do this within the context of Scots law, and the powers of the Scottish Parliament”

The consultation runs until the 14th August 2019,  click here to access.

If you would like further information on incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots law, ‘Together’ has produced a briefing document which unpicks and explains some of the questions in the consultation paper.

View the document on the ‘Together’ website by clicking here.

Golspie ELCC and their beautiful new mud kitchen

The following blog post comes from the staff of Golspie ELCC:

The boys and girls at Golspie ELC have been developing their outside area. They had a pond that they no longer used so, the children, parents and staff thought of ways that the pond could be changed to allow for a mud kitchen.

Here’s what the area looked like before…

The pond was filled in and then we had to make sure the ground was even, so we used soil to level it out.  Julie put a sheet down to try and make sure that no weeds would grow again before putting bark on top.

Parents began to donate and bring in pallets, old cable reels, pots and pans which we could use within this area.

The pallets were used to make the mud kitchen: we were so excited and could not wait for this to be built and here are some photos of it being made.

Once the mud kitchen had been built we put our playhouse and picnic table into the area.

The boys and girls love playing in their new play area and here are some of the things they have said: –

The children will gain valuable learning experiences which link to different areas of the curriculum including developing their numeracy, literacy, and social skills during role play and drama.

The children, and all of us, would like to thank everyone that helped make this possible especially the parents, local businesses and a local crofter who donated the bark and the generous donation of money which the centre received which will be used to help further develop the outside garden area.

Without your support and kindness this wonderful learning environment could not have been developed.

THANK YOU

Update to previous blog post

Please note there was a mistake in the blog post about upcoming PLiP training. The training will take place on the 26th of April & 3rd of May, not the 26th of May as stated in the blog post. Sorry for the confusion.

Outdoor Learning in Nature Fund

The following blog update comes from the Education Scotland digest: 

Scottish Natural Heritage has launched a two-year Outdoor Learning in Nature Fund, to support more young people to have regular, frequent, structured and progressive outdoor learning experiences. Applications are invited by midnight on 30 April 2018.