Golspie ELC Celebrate Burns Day

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

SSSC – New Learning Strategy 2017-20 (updated)

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.

#OpeningDoors Blog – Tain Royal Academy Careers Extravaganza!


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Frugal Fun Friday – Christmas Cards!

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.


Thanks Mairianne!

Bogadh airson Ùbhlan (Dooking for Apples)

The following article was submitted by Maree Nicolson, CALA Gaelic Parent & Toddler Development Worker, on behalf of Ceuman Beaga Inbhir Nis (Inverness)
dooking1Faodaidh 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.

English Translation:

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.



Senior Administrator

Senior Administrator

Location: Inverness

Hours: 27.5 hours per week (5.5  hours per day Monday to Friday)

Salary: £16,087.50per annum (£11.35 per hour)

Closing date: Monday 21st November 2016

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 29th November 2016

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.

Download Your Application Pack here:

Senior Administrator Job Remit

Senior Administrator Person Specification

Application Form

Background Information for Applicants

CALA Self Declaration Form

CALA Self Declaration Guidance Notes

CALA Equal Opportunities Form

SSSC Qualifications for Practitioners in Day Care of Children Services

All completed forms (Application, Self Declaration & Equal Opportunities) should be emailed to: [email protected] or posted to:

CALA Dingwall Office
Unit 3, Bridgend Business Park
IV15 9SL

For any other queries concerning this post, please email: [email protected]
or phone: 01349 866749

The CALA Annual Conference is fast approaching!

The CALA Annual Conference is fast approaching!

Make sure to sign up for the day ASAP as there are still a few places available.cala-logo

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.

A Family Man: the role of men in 21st century FamiliesDavid Deveney

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.

Covering topics

  • 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?

Healthy Minds, Happy Children

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.

Linda and Emma

Highland Council

Supporting Parents along the Journey of Child’s Development

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.Developmental Overviews

The other side of the coin: the impact of poverty on our children

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.CPAG Blogpost

Hanna McCulloch

New E-Learning Module – Introduction to Risk Assessment

Hello everyone!

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 CareRisk Assessment
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.


Update on the An t-Alltan 2016 Conference

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.

Najczęściej zadawane pytania rodziców na temat opieki nad dziećmi w Szkocji. (FAQ parents about childcare in Scotland).

Hello everyone!

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.

Give us a call on 01463 703033

Or email : [email protected]

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-Ross Walton, Marketing Graduate

Play Matters March!

Play Matters’ March 2016 edition is now available for download

It’s certainly worth a look to keep abreast of the latest play related news including articles on: test

  • The Community Play awards, nominations and winners
  • Scottish Government changes to funding, with more than £2 million being committed to support charities helping children
  • The most recent academic details, including a comparison between children and inmates in regards to time spent outside.
  • and many more interesting topics

This information is important and valuable to everyone involved in childcare from professionals to childminders to parents! Make sure that you know what is going on and how it can affect you and your child.

The full newsletter is available here

Norma Ruettiman

Fond Farewell to Lisa Stuart and a Warm Welcome to Fiona Morrison

The staff and children want to wish Lisa Stuart well  with her new centre and thank her for all her help and support over the past few years!

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We would also like to extend a warm welcome Fiona Morrison as our new manager.

-Annarie Heneghan