Types of CALA membership

We offer 2 types of CALA membership; full and associate. Only full members have voting rights under the CALA Constitution.

Full Membership

Full membership is granted to third sector groups who have adopted an appropriate constitution (sample available) and, in addition meet the following membership criteria:

  • Are registered with the appropriate authorities in respect of the services/facilities which they provide, where applicable.
  • Operate within the code of practice/quality assurance prescribed by the company at the time in relation to the type of service/facility which they provide.
  • Ensure all staff undergo appropriate training and development. (Please contact the Inverness office for more information).
  • Operate within and meet relevant approved external standards, e.g. Child at the Centre 2; SSSC; Care Standards, etc.

Full Member Groups include :

  • Partner Centres: Any Centres which are funded by local government to provide early learning and childcare, which have charitable status.
  • Out of School or ‘wrap around’ care: Care groups which provide care either before or after school/nursery hours, which have charitable status.
  • Joint Partner Centre/Out of School Club: Any partner centre which in addition to early learning and childcare, also offering childcare either before or after school times, which have charitable status.
  • Baby & Toddler Group: any group which provides opportunities for children and parents to socialise in an informal and friendly setting.
  • Baby & Toddler/Early Learning and Childcare Group: any group which provides opportunities for children and parents to socialise in an informal and friendly setting and also provide early learning and childcare, which have charitable status.

Associate Membership

Associate membership is available to any groups which do not meet the criteria for full membership

Associate Membership is granted to :

  • Private Day Care Settings: Any day care setting which operates on a for-profit basis.
  • Childminders: Any individual(s) providing paid-for care from their place of residence
  • Friends of CALA: Individuals working or interested in Early Learning and Childcare whom wish to join CALAs membership but do not come under any other category.
  • Third Sector Organisation: Any voluntary or charitable sector organisations that operates in a non-governmental or not-for-profit method that does not fit any other categories.
  • Private Sector Organisation: Any for-profit or privately owned organisation which does not meet the criteria of any other grouping.
  • Schools/Statutory Sector Educational Establishments: Any school or organisation from the public sector with a focus on education or the wellbeing of children.