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.
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.
For snack, we had haggis, neeps and tatties. We learnt that neeps are also called turnips and that tatties are really potatoes.
After snack, we had a special visit from a pupil who plays the Bagpipes at Golspie High School and he played “Amazing Grace” for us. The Bagpipes sounded a lot better than Julie pretending to play them.
The boys and girls at Golspie ELC enjoyed celebrating and learning about Burns night.
– Julie Shaw, Golspie ELC Manager
The link to the SSSC New Learning Strategy in the previous blog post did not work. Please click here to be taken to the SSSC website, where you can download Learning Strategy.
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Another festive Frugal Fun Friday for you today! This week Mairianne shows us how to make fun and sparkly Christmas cards. A personal, inexpensive way to pass on some Christmas cheer! Click the below to play.
The following article was submitted by Maree Nicolson, CALA Gaelic Parent & Toddler Development Worker, on behalf of Ceuman Beaga Inbhir Nis (Inverness)
Faodaidh fear de na geamaichean Samhna as sine againn ‘Bogadh airson Ùbhlan’ a bhith rudeigin doirbh dhan fheadhainn bheaga. Aig Ceuman Beaga Inbhir Nis, sheall fear de na Dadaidhean dhuinn mar a bu chòir dhuinn a dhèanamh. ’S math a rinn thu Iain!
Nuair a tha sinn a’ coimhead gu dlùth air na cur-seachadan sìmplidh a tha sna buidhnean 0-3 againn, tha beartas de ionnsachadh ri fhaighinn air culaibh an spòrs. Ann an seo chi sinn gu bheil an inbheach a toirt taic dhan leanabh airson pàirt a ghabhal ann an cur seachad nach eil i eolach air.
One of the oldest Halloween games, ”Dooking for Apples’ can be a little tricky for our little ones. At ‘Ceuman Beaga Inverness’ one of the Dads didn’t need much persuading to give a little demonstration. Well done Iain!
When we look closely at simple activities at our 0-3 groups, there is a wealth of learning behind all the fun. Here we see that the adult is encouraging the child to take part in an activity that she has never seen before by showing her what to do.
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The Senior Administrator will work within the Inverness office ensuring that the office runs smoothly and efficiently.IT skills and knowledge are critical for this post.
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The CALA Annual Conference is fast approaching!
Make sure to sign up for the day ASAP as there are still a few places available.
The conference is taking place on the 30th of September (right around the corner!) at Greyfriars and Stratherrick Free Church, Balloan Road . We hope to see you there!
The conference this year is tackling some of the pressing issues facing modern families.
With a welcome by MSP Mark McDonald we will be kicked off to an exciting and engaging day. Followed by a keynote speech from Karyn McCluskey, Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, in which she will discuss the long term impact of key factors in childhood and family dynamics.
This will be followed by a selection of delegate workshops covering a wide range of topics and a delicious 2 course buffet lunch. Add to that more workshops in the afternoon and the availability of a children’s crèche to allow you to relax and enjoy your day fully.
Workshop summary below; to find out more click on the titles.
David Devenney, Head of Programmes with Fathers Network Scotland, will discuss the influence of men in the home and how to involve fathers in meaningful ways in the raising and caring of children.
- Why focus on dads? What has changed?
- Diversity of dads’ roles.
- Who benefits when we include men in childcare /families?
- What can we do as Early Learning and Childcare Practitioners – what works?
Linda Thom, Promoting Positive Relationships Team Lead & Emma Campbell, Primary Mental Health Worker, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service will be looking at how mental health can affect parents and children in different ways, the increasing incidence of mental ill health and what strategies we can use to support children and families.
James McTaggart, Educational Psychologist with Highland Council will be delivering a workshop discussing how Developmental Overviews can be used by professionals, the benefits to children and the impact on their development.
Hanna McCulloch, Policy and Parliamentary Officer for the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) will be delivering a workshop discussing how child poverty affects children and families, including a look at the most recent research on this highly relevant and topical subject.
We’re delighted to announce our newest E-learning module is now available on the E-Learning Zone!
To access the this module simply go to our website, click on Training & Events, then E-Learning Zone to get started!
Or follow this link : www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/elearning-zone/
Here is a quick summary, to find out more be sure to look on the E-Learning Zone
An Introduction to Risk Assessment
This module is designed to support practitioners working within Early Learning and Childcare and Out of School Care
in both the management of risk and in providing appropriate challenge and risk in play.
The module consists of a blend of short video clips, interactive tasks and links to relevant guidance, research and further reading
including the Care Inspectorate resource pack My World Outdoors.
Just a little update for you on a blog post that went out about the An t-Alltan Conference. The blog post stated the conference was for gaelic teachers, but I’ve since been informed it’s open to gaelic teachers and Early Years workers. For more information, keep an eye on the Storlann website, or give them a call on 01851 700880.
We have recently put together a Polish speaking video answering some of the frequent questions that parents have had concerning childcare in Scotland.
See the video in Polish : here
Also available with the video is a Transcript in both English and Polish.
A massive thanks to our presenters for taking part and all of the children within the videos! We all hope you find the videos enjoyable and informative.
CALA hopes that this video is helpful to those that are more comfortable speaking in Polish and welcome any questions or queries that you might have.
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