News from CALA settings

News from CALA settings

Current COVID Information for our Childcare Settings

The information provided below is current as of the 7/7/2021. Please keep checking back here for any further updates. We will post any specific information relating to an individual setting on their dedicated site. You can access these by scrolling down and clicking on your child/children’s setting tab.

We recognise that this is an extremely difficult time for everyone and would like to thank all our families for their continued support and understanding as we try to navigate through the necessary changes to keep everyone safe.

Information for CALA settings -January 2021

All our CALA settings both in Highland and Moray will be open from 6th January for children of keyworkers and children who would benefit from being in the setting. Children in these categories attending ELC settings and Out of School Care can follow their normal attendance pattern and your normal ELC funding entitlement will apply. Any additional hours, on top of ELC entitlement, will be charged to you as parent/carer. If you are not sure if you are a Key Worker please contact your setting to discuss or ask for further advice or visit the Scottish Government website here by clicking here

 

ARRANGEMENTS for CALA settings in HIGHLAND

CALA settings are open for children of keyworkers and other eligible children.

For families our manager and staff will be checking in with you regularly – however, if you need to contact them meantime you will find your settings contact information by clicking here

ARRANGEMENTS for CALA settings in MORAY

An online form is available from MORAY COUNCIL for key workers to complete for a place in their child’s own childcare provision. Click here to access

For families not eligible, our manager and staff will be checking in with you regularly – however, if you need to contact them meantime your will find your settings contact information by clicking here

Further Information

You can also access our parent portal on our website to find all the latest updates. Click here to access

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Ardross Nursery

News Post: 12th January 2021

Hi everyone, 

We hope you are all enjoying your holidays and keeping busy. During Christmas, one of your early years practitioners watched the film ‘Happy Feet’ and really enjoyed watching how penguins survive in such cold conditions. We thought you might like to find out more about penguins. How do penguins live? What do they eat? How do the mummies keep their babies warm in the snow? 

Could you ask your adult if you can watch a YouTube clip about penguins?

Watch how they walk, can you walk like a penguin?

When they are on land you can see them waddle so slowly but when they are in the water, they swim so fast! 

Could you draw or paint a penguin? Remember to keep your pictures until the holidays are over and then you can bring it in to show everyone. 

Have fun and let us know how you get on!

Tracy, Lynette, Amy 


News Post: 26th November

We have been exploring our interest in Dinosaurs!

For our Dinosaur learning wall, we decorated a huge big rainbow dinosaur with our paints!

We also looked at the different sizes of dinosaur footprints and talked about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.   

We took part in an exploding volcano experiment where we made a volcano explode and go everywhere!

We made frozen dinosaur eggs, which we learned dissolved and melted when we poured on hot water.

We practised our counting and used our problem solving to work out which dinosaur was bigger!


News Post: 19th November 2020

Last week we were doing space as our topic. The children loved learning about all the different planets and the different parts of outer space.

We built a rocket out of a construction kit, which was quite tricky but with lots of teamwork and problem solving we were able to build a brilliant rocket to get us to the moon.

We decorated our wall with space paper and made all of the planets. The children learnt about all the different planet names and which is the biggest and smallest planets! We also made a spaceman who helped us with learning about gravity and the first man to walk on the moon.    

Cradlehall Early Learning and Childcare

News update: 11th January 2021


News post: 18th December 2020

Ho, Ho, Ho

We hope everyone has a very

Merry Christmas and a

lovely New Year

From the children at Cradlehall

From the children at Cradlehall


News post: 10th Nov 2020

Look at us doing our Makaton!

Croileagan Inbhir Narainn

Post: 11th January 2021


Post: 2nd December 2020


Post: 1st December 2020

  • Exploring rhythms and beats
  • Counting
  • Using number in our everyday experiences
  • Playing cooperatively
  • Exploring sounds
  • Thinking creatively and using our imagination….

Just a few examples of the learning that is happening as these two children, ‘just play’ ………


Post: 16th November 2020


Post: 5th October 2020

We had great fun with the Active Play Team – look at what we got up to!

Cromarty Childcare Centre

News Post: 8th January 2021

‘Ah-ha oh Ho’, footprints in the snow, whose are those footprints and where do they go?’

Today was a snow day and we would have made the most of any snow at the setting; supporting the children’s learning and ideas through their chosen snow activities.

We thought we would share the activity that I did with my children today. We made the most of it by going on a search for footprints…

We are Julia Donaldson fans in our house and one of our favourites is 

‘The Gruffalos child’ so as we searched, we recited parts of the story.

We found various animal prints- see if you can guess what they are?

This activity soon became…what other prints and marks can we find?

We found tractor-tyre marks, normal car tracks and our own footprints!

Storm found a stick and expanded his learning by using it to make his own marks in the snow and enjoyed scribing numbers. He then got his imagination flowing and decided to ski with them.

Willow chose to make snow angel prints, and stick trails as she was pulled on the sledge which also made tracks!

We called Carol and asked if she had some snow. Carol did and her and her dog Molly went for a walk in search of some footprints and marks too. They found some interesting tracks and if you look close you may spot some other prints in the snow. Molly enjoyed creating some of her own pawprints!

Louise couldn’t find any snow but there was some frost around, and as our children at the nursery love mud and ice she went a walk to explore and found some marks in the frozen mud!

Can you guess what muddy prints she spotted?

Claire and her children spotted some bird footprints near the bird feeder. They are going to keep watch to see if they can see what birds left them.

Whilst outdoors today, Karen spotted that some pheasants had been dragging their tails along the frosty grass!

Mary was exploring in the snow with her lovely dog Theo and they spotted lots of footprints. Theo got a bit excited and had a splash in the icy cold water.

We also found some snow which looked like crystals and we are going to look at how crystals are formed and try to create some of our own.

Once indoors we had a warm drink and Willow read the Gruffalos child to us.

We would love to see the prints you can find out and about locally; whether it be in the snow or in the sand at the local beach; and also try creating your own marks in some snow or sand using sticks or other natural resources you can find?

Let us know if and how you expanded on the learning as well.

Please email all your photos and learning to us at [email protected]

Once back indoors remember to snuggle up with a warm drink and perhaps read your favourite story.

Here are our photos……. enjoy!


News Post: 17th December

What shall we call our snowman?


News Post: 27th November

“We were learning about Remembrance Day, and made beautiful poppies to brighten up our window.”

Fortrose Pre - School Centre

News post: 11th January 2021

 

 


News post: 18th December 2020

 


News post: 11th December 2020

We have been busy in the run-up to Christmas doing different activities.  The children have been preparing by writing letters to Santa, which they posted in a post box made by the children together.  There was a lot of discussion about how letters are sent and what happens to them after they are posted.  They have also made some wrapping paper, choosing a design of their own and using coloured pens to do it.  The wrapping paper will be sent home via the plastic wallets.  They also helped to make Christmas baubles.  To do this, we measured the children, then wrote down their height on the chart.  The children then chose what colour ribbon they wanted and helped measure it out to their height.  The children put the ribbon into the bauble, shook it to make a wish then chose what colour writing they wanted on their label.


News post: 24th November 2020

 


News post: 9th October 2020

Staff collected various items from the woods – leaves, twigs, conkers and pinecones.  We put the items in the tough tray with paint and paper, children chose what colour paint to use.

The children then had the choice to use brushes, sponges, or natural materials to paint with.  Staff modelled by painting their own picture of how different materials could be used to mark the paper.  Some children chose to copy this and create their own pinecone painting by rubbing the cone in the paint and making prints on the paper.  Some children then chose to paint with their hands and encouraged staff to join in which they did!


News post: 21st September 2020

Children have been really interested in finding worms in the garden. This has led us to create our own wormery. Children collected the soil from our compost bin, found worms in the garden, added coloured sand and brown leaves. In caring for the worms, this will increase their knowledge of the values of Nurtured Nelly.

We will be watching our wormery closely, I wonder what we will see?

Watch this space!!

Dingwall Ducklings

News post: 19th January 2021

This week we have decided to feed the birds as it has been so cold. 

Here are some ideas for you to try at home.

 

 

 

We covered the tube in peanut butter (you could use jam) to make it sticky, then rolled it in the breadcrumbs and cereal

 

 

 

We have tried to use things we already have in our cupboards so have a look!

 

As a group we will be taking part in the RSPB Bird Watch from 29th – 31st Jan 21, you can find out more information on this on CALA’s Play and Learning page or on our Facebook page.

Don’t forget to share our photos with us.

 

 

 

 

Take Care 

Rhona, Lorraine, Kelly & Lauren xxx

 


News post: 11th January 2021

Hi everyone,

Hope you had a good Christmas and New Year, and are ready to get back into the swing of things as much as we can!

If your children were in Nursery we would be doing an update on our ‘All about Me’ display but this is something you can all do at home!

If your child would like to draw a picture of themselves, their family, what they got for Christmas and you can write what they’ve said about it. These are just some ideas so just take your pick. 

If you feel really enthusiastic you can try this!

 


News post: 9th December 2020

Dingwall Ducklings Night Time Session

Great fun was had by all!

 


News post: 24th November 2020


At 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th Month, Dingwall Ducklings actually managed the 2-minute silence! 

As we weren’t allowed to go and buy our own poppies anywhere local, as we usually do, we made our own. 

Some of the children’s comments were   “We were quiet to remember people in the battle”  

 “We painted plates red to make poppies and stuck them to the window for people to see”

 “We used tissue paper to make poppies”

Hope you like them!

Golspie Early Learning and Childcare

News post: 13th January 2021


News post: 12th January 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR

The children and staff at Golspie ELC hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that Santa was good to you all.

We hope you are all keeping safe during these difficult times and we look forward to welcoming you all back when the latest restrictions have been lifted.

Love

Julie, Lauren and Megan


News post: 17th December 2020

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us all at Golspie ELC.

 

 

 


News Post: 8th December 2020

Getting ready for Christmas!

The children at Golspie ELC had lots of fun decorating their Christmas tree and are beginning to make decorations.

We have also been having fun mark-making in pretend snow (shaving foam) and playing in melting snow (water and bubbles).

“I am making tracks in the snow”

“That’s Santa”

“Look at all the tracks I have done”


The children at Golspie ELC went on a “Stone Hunt” to find one of Book Bugs puff stones that had been hidden in Golspie.

The children walked really well to a local play park looking on the floor, in trees and on benches on the way to see if they could find one.

Then hooray they found one by a mural near a play park, the children were so happy to have found the stone and would now like to decorate their own stones to hide in the village.

Well done girls and boys for finding the stone. 

Junior World Childcare Group

News post: 18th January 2021


News post: 15th January 2021

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News post: 11th January 2021



News post: 21st December 2020

 

Congratulations to the staff in the Blue Room at Junior World for enthusiastically participating in the Active Play Programme, along with 20 ELC children, their certificates were as well deserved as the children’s


News Post: 18th December 2020

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM EVERYONE @ JUNIOR WORLD


News Post: 10th December 2020


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News Post: 16th October 2020

‘Nature’ fun in the October Holidays!

 


News Post: 9th October 2020

Take a look at what we have been up to this week at Junior World

Lochinver Pre-school Centre

News Post: 13th January 2021


News Post: 16th December 2020


News Post: 7th December 2020

Look what we have been doing and learning about!


News Post: 13th November 2020

Lochinver paused to remember.


News Post: 6th November

 

Muir of Ord ELCC (MOO)

News Post: 12th January 2021

Whilst out walking with my dog I noticed a lot of birds about looking for food, this got me thinking about the types of birds that are around now and how they find food in this cold weather?

Could we make bird feeders at home using pipe cleaners or string, thread some Cheerios onto this and hang them in your garden for the birds to eat…… This could lead to finding out what types are birds in our gardens. Can you spot any of the birds on the sheet?

The RSPB are conducting their annual bird watch this month to get involved visit https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch


News Post: 22nd December 2020

We have been making Christmas cards and tree decorations. We enjoyed a Christmas lunch, sung songs in the garden to our friends at Urray house and had a special visitor at our Christmas party. Happy Christmas everyone!


News Post: 2nd December 2020


News Post: 2nd November 

Look what we got up to this Halloween: we have investigated, scooped and carved pumpkins, worm hunting and Halloween mask making and a party to name a but a few things!

Munlochy Pre-school Centre

News post: 13th January 2021

 


News post: 18th December 2020

 


News Post: 19th November 2020

Click on the image to see our Active Play photographs

Raigmore Childcare Centre (2-3 group)

News post: 13th January 2021


News Post: 9th November 2020


News Post: 4th September 2020

We would like to welcome you back with big open arms and assure you that through these new and difficult times we are complying with national guidance to keep everyone safe and ensuring you and your children have the best possible experiences of early learning and childcare.

Our childcare setting is based in Raigmore Primary School grounds and at any one time, our 2 experienced practitioners can provide early learning and childcare for up to 10 children aged 2-3 years.  Spaces are currently available for children eligible for funding, or for parents paying a small hourly fee.  We can offer allocated spaces with set days or drop-in sessions which means that once registered, you can access childcare flexibly as and when you wish, as long as you phone first to make sure there is a space available.

Our opening hours are 8.30-12.30 Monday to Friday during term time.

To find out more about 2-year-old funding, visit: https://www.highland.gov.uk/

We offer a range of different learning opportunities following children’s interests such as arts and crafts, baking and cooking, indoor and outdoor play, numeracy and literacy, story corner, role play, and small world areas. Sensory and creative play such as sand, water and playdough areas and fun outings with a park and woods just outside the building. We work within the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) framework to meet children’s individual needs so they can be Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected and responsible and Included (Shanarri)

For any questions and more information please feel free to contact us on 07775727167 or email us at [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you.

Amy and Mandy.

Reay Under 5’s

News from children: 19th January 2021

I have been super busy making things.

Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: What a beautiful snowflake, it has beautiful patterns and we can see lots of different shapes you have cut out. I wonder boys and girls can you make any snowflakes like this one? Fab scissor skills too!

Your name is looking so colourful, great neat work. What a wonderful idea using sweetie papers to make your name look bright and cheery. Good recycling, I wonder can you make anything else using junk for the recycling bin?


News from children: 19th January 2021

Look what I collected – natural materials from Forss forest and at the same time looked for signs of the owls home!

We know one lives there as we saw him one evening on our walk.

Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Great job! That is an amazing owl picture, love all the natural materials you have collected to make it. We wonder has anyone else made their owl?


News from REAY: 18th January 2021

We hope you are all well and keeping safe and getting out for your daily exercise.

Have you been noticing any birdies when you have been out and about? I have seen some robins, sparrows and pheasants in my garden so far. The other evening on my walk I didn’t see this creature but I heard this sound, it was going ‘twit-woo’, have you guessed what it was!

I love hearing them, it reminded me of one of my favourite stories, ‘Owl Babies’. Maybe you could make an owl using some natural materials you find out on your walks, such as pine cones, leaves or twigs.

Can you find out some interesting facts about ‘Owls?  Can’t wait to see what you find out!

Shall we have a go at making some bird feeders for our gardens this week?

Birds love fat cakes this time of year and this is what they need to give them energy and keep them warm. You can use kitchen scraps such as cheese, dried porridge, stale bread and raisins. You can get creative and use lots of recyclable containers to make bird feeders such as loo and kitchen roll holders and you can even use a large orange cut in half with the flesh scooped out.

Pine cone bird feeder

When you are out exploring collect some pine cones.

First of all tie string around them, so you can hang them up. This will get messy but good fun to do!

Using a butter knife, be careful, your parents can help you with this. Spread peanut butter or cooking lard all over the pine cones. This will get sticky!

Next roll the pine cone in birdseed or your own mixture of food, then put it in the fridge to set. Then hang them up and watch out for the birdies.

You can do the same with empty kitchen roll and toilet roll holders. 

You might even have some plastic sand play shapes that you can use, mix up lard and your birdseed or kitchen scraps and press into the container but remember to take a pencil and put a hole in the top of it so you can string it up.

I think your younger brother and sisters would like to do this too, hope they join in with you making bird feeders and all our other activities. We don’t want them to be feeling left out.  

We look forward to seeing what you do.

Coming up soon is RSPB bird watch, so hopefully, your parents will register for this and all the wonderful bird feeders you make will attract lots of birds to your garden.

Well, we hope you all have a safe and lovely week and manage to get outside in the fresh air.

Missing you all

Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth


News from the children: 15th January 2021

This year I was very lucky, as Santa teamed up with all of my family, friends and neighbours to bring lots of presents. With the colouring books and new crayons and felt tip pens, I made some nice drawings to say thank you to everyone.

Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: What lovely colourful pictures you have done, great job!

My favourite activity during the holidays was to go on adventures outside where I cracked the ice on puddles, looked for treasures on the beach and built dens in the woods. It was also fun to leave footprints in the snow and the sand! 

Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Wow! what great exploring you have done outside, den building is great fun especially in the woods. I wonder did you notice different types of footprints when you were out and about?

This week, I wanted to see if it would get cold enough to freeze the water again, so I made some soup with branches and pine cones. I left it outside every night… but it never froze!

 Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Let’s hope the frost comes back, I have left my experiment outside too!

I am looking forward to making a new bird feeder to add to the ones in the garden, where lots of different birdies come for lunch every day!

Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: What a fab picture of the birds, can you tell your friends what type of birds they are?


News from children: 15th January 2021

I have been working hard at home…

I have not fed the birds in the garden yet but have been feeding my sheep.  The sheep don’t have much food outside either during the winter months and they need a little extra food to help the baby lambs grow inside their tummies before they are born. My own sheep had a scan and is going to have three lambs of all goes well.

Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Well  –  you are being super busy and you are being super ‘Responsible’ in helping mum and dad look after the sheep’. How exciting your own sheep is going to have 3 lambs in springtime!

I have painted a picture of my toy tractor and new trailer I got for his Christmas which I love. I have enjoyed decorating my thank you picture.

Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Wow that is am amazing thank you picture, very colourful – great work!

I have spent time helping his mum with jobs. I have been collecting and counting the hen’s eggs from the nests and have been sorting my clean washing and putting it away in the right drawers in my bedroom.  I have been practising writing numbers too which I have enjoyed greatly.

Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: ‘You are being super helpful your mum and dad must be super proud of you. What a great way to be practising your counting, -counting the hen eggs. Be careful though you don’t drop them! I wonder does anyone else have hens and help collect and count their eggs?


News from children: 15th January 2021

I have been busy out and about when the weather has been good. I have been out on mu bike cycling down the Crosskirk road.

Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: ‘That is a super-smart Frozen bike’. You are keeping super fit and healthy out in the fresh air getting lots of exercise. You are keeping ‘Healthy’ and ‘Safe’ doing all this. We can add this to our SHANNARI display once we get back to playgroup.

My pony has had to have a visit from the vet and has to be kept inside at the moment for a whole month. I have gone out to the stable most days to see him and care for him. I have even tried to fluff up his bed to make it comfier for him. ‘

Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Great job of looking after your pony. You are being super ‘Responsible’ in doing this. We will add this to our SHANARRI display once we get back to playgroup.

I have also have been busy drawing and writing in my new book and has good fun learning to play my new game –  Trolls monopoly, I even won the first game!

 


News from children: 15th January 2021

Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: 

Well done!

That is an amazing thank you card, love all the Christmas stickers and great writing of your name. It is so bright and colourful. Thank you for taking the time to make one.


News from children: 14th January 2021

Hi everyone,

I have been doing my daily walks and spending lots of time outside with my pets.

Chewy the hamster arrived with Santa on Christmas night and I have been spending lots of time with Chewy. He has only escaped once!

Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: How lucky are you, Santa knows how much you love your animals!

Your hamster is super cute. I bet you are doing an amazing job of taking care of him.  I wonder if you could tell us what you feed him?


News from children: 11th January 2021

We have been busy exploring outside.

We have seen lots of rainbows lately and some lovely shaped shells on the beach and interesting ice puddles. Then spotted a deer on his walk.

Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth:  What amazing photos. You look as if you been having so much fun, great to see you outside in the fresh air. That rainbow looks amazing just like your Rainbow calendar you made before Christmas. When I was out a walk the other day we saw an amazing double rainbow! Has anyone else seen a double rainbow?

We love your shells they look like wings.

The ice patterns look amazing, maybe boys and girls you can look for interesting patterns in your garden or when you are out a walk. The deer looks so majestic standing there, it reminds me of the Disney movie, ‘Bambi’ one of my favourite Disney movies.

Thanks for sharing!


News post for our children: 8th January 2021

Hope everybody had a lovely Christmas and was Santa good to you all? I bet he was.

We can’t wait to hear all about the lovely presents you got.

  • Could you share with us what you got, did you have a favourite present?
  • Could you maybe share a photo of your present and draw us a picture.

We all got some lovely presents too. Did you all remember those special kind words you say when you get a present, we know you do?

The special words are ‘thank you’.  Maybe you can get your Mummy or Daddy to write the word thank you and you can glue and cut shapes to decorate the word, you could maybe cut out shapes and patterns using old Christmas cards.

Get outside in fresh air, wrap up warm and go exploring. Look at the patterns all around, can you make footprints in the ice, snow or mud. What about splashing in puddles. Great fun, don’t forget to put your wellies on though. Make a snowman if we are really really lucky!

Task to try!

Here is a wee fun experiment you can try……….

  • pour and fill different sized containers with water outside and put little wee things in the container such as stones twigs and see if they freeze outside! Mmmm – I wonder what we need to make them freeze outside and then what would melt them again? Can you help us remember?

Also…. remember to keep feeding the birdies in your garden and to give them water to drink.

We will show you how to make birdie feeders next week

Keep safe everyone

Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth xxx


News post: 20th December 2020

Children have been busy creating Christmas crafts and decorating the den with cards and decorations, great fine motor skills as they used a variety of pegs to hang things up. They decorated the tree silhouette using a variety of loose parts, using their imagination and creativity.

They were very busy working in the kitchen making Christmas dinner! Making spaghetti and knowing that you have to blow on a hot cup of tea to cool it down!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas from us all at Reay Under 5’s.


News post: 10th December 2020

The children made some colourful bonfire pictures outside and used descriptive language to share the noise the fireworks made, e.g. whizz, whoosh, pop, bang. Some showed great safety awareness when we were talking about fireworks, ‘ it wouldn’t be sensible to go near fire or fireworks’.

After that, the children’s interest shifted to ‘Space’. Great imagination and lots of roleplay as they played co-operatively together. A rocket was made from the play panels, they dressed up. We had lots of interesting resources dotted around playroom linking into their interest, jigsaws, factual and space storybooks. The junk box was used as they all created individual rockets. They then decided they would make one big ‘super tall one’, the children did an amazing job working together painting patterns and shapes. They chatted away to each other talking about what they were doing. Then after that, we had an extremely busy writing table as they added bits and pieces to it, doors, windows, space people. Amazing!

These activities brought lots of attention to differing shapes, 2D and 3D. They even used large 3D shapes to create a rocket with very comfy beds!

They listened well and learned the names of planets, some having great recall, ‘Mars is the hot one’, ‘Jupiter is the biggest one’,’ you know that is planet earth cause the blue is water and the land is green’. They used their senses to explore the shaving foam as they made some colourful planets, ‘it was so soft and fluffy’. At snack time we tried Astronaut food, strawberries, grapes and Neapolitan ice-cream’.

They were super excited to try this, it encouraged them once again to use their senses, one child even commented on the ice-cream, ‘ it doesn’t feel cold like ice-cream, it is crunchy.

Lots of great participation and learning from all during these different experiences.


News Post: 13th Nov 2020

Staff at Reay Under 5’s has been supporting children with their health and wellbeing since returning after the pandemic. Children have been using Timmy Tiger to discuss their feelings and bringing attention to SHANARRI words. Children made purple and red poppies and showed respect as we had our 2 mins silence remembering all of the people and animals that were in the war, children shared their thoughts, ‘ the animals and people were very brave’, ‘ we care about all the brave people’.  

Through consultation with the children as today it is World Kindness Day, we decided on what we would do. On our walk today we a dropped off mini flower posies with a note on it saying who it from and hope it makes them smile and feel happy. (Following relevant procedures) This wee activity has led children to share their thoughts, ‘I’m going to tell my mum and dad I love them’, ‘I’m going to give my sister a hug’. Some children re-called on how to care for the flowers, ‘they need to go in the water, or they will die’.  


News Post: 28th Oct 2020 – Recognition for Yvonne’s commitment to Reay’s children and families

Normally at Reay Under 5’s ‘News Time’ you will find Yvonne busy celebrating the children’s achievements.  However today,  the children and manager of the setting (Donna Sinclair) excitedly turned the tables on Yvonne and presented her with a ‘certificate of recognition’ from the Chief Executive and Board of Care and Learning Alliance for her outstanding contribution to keeping children and families connected during COVID 19 

Well done Yvonne and very well deserved – huge loud claps from us all here at CALA.


News Post: 16th September – A special delivery supports children’s transition back to Reay ELC

Read all about it on the CALA blog – Click here

Rothiemay & District Playgroup

Post: 13th January 2021


Post: 21st September 2020

St. John’s Pre-school Centre

News Post: 19/1/2021

 

 


News Post: 11/1/20

Welcome to the new year, not the start we had hoped for but we will get through this together!  Even though things are a little different at the moment and due to the Government guidelines we, unfortunately, have no children attending the setting, we are still here for support and can keep connected using our usual WhatsApp group and through CALA website, where we can share ideas of activities to keep the children Safe, Healthy, Active and Happy in these unprecedented times.

Please feel free to send us pictures of what you’ve been keeping busy with as a family at home.

Try out this activity and let us know how you get on!

A great and fun activity in the snow.

All you need is:

  • Empty spray bottle
  • Food colouring
  • Water
  • Snow

To be creative and make lovely snow paintings.

 

 


News post: 18th Dec 2020

The children at St. John’s have been having fun and experimenting with their creativity to decorate trees using natural resources

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


News post: 24th Nov 2020

Literacy Outdoors

We have made changes to our Story House to make it more inviting to the children as we are spending a lot more time outdoors and want to provide as much literacy opportunities as we can.  The children are enjoying the opportunity to explore and choose stories using what they are learning to invent their own and sharing these with others in imaginative ways. 

St. Sylvester’s Nursery

News post: 15th January 2021

Hello everyone,

Not the start to the year that we would have liked and we really hope to have you all back in nursery very soon.

We have been in touch with all of our parents this week and will keep in regular contact via our Facebook group.

We have been sharing some activity ideas for you all to try at home, but please remember these are just suggestions, so only do what you can.

We are loving being able to see photos of what you have been getting up to at home so please keep sharing them with us.

Staff are working from home at the moment, coming into the setting occasionally so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for anything.

 

 

 

 

 


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Sutherland Stepping Stones - ELC

News post: 12th January 2020

Staff and Children at Sutherland Stepping Stones would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We are currently spending a lot of time outdoors learning about snow and ice. We are excited about the prospect of a heavy snowfall tomorrow and have dusted off our sledges in preparation. 😊 

 


News post: 9th December 2020

Enjoying a stimulating tactile experience – mixing colours!

 


News post: 12th Nov 2020

Supporting literacy development


Happy Halloween


26th August 2020

Watten Early Learning Centre

News post: 11th January 2021

Hi everyone

We hope you are all safe and well and that you had a lovely Christmas with your family. 

We have been missing you all at nursery and hope you will be back to see us before too long.

Last week Jack was playing with the superheroes at nursery and decided to make a space rocket for them. We got some sheets of cardboard, cut out some triangles for the body and the wings of the rocket and taped it all together. Jack then drew a door and circle windows, and he decorated the rocket with red and silver paint and superhero stickers.

Jack had lots of questions about space, so we are going to try and learn more about it.

  • What do spacemen eat?
  • Where do they sleep in the space rocket?
  • How do they get back down to Earth?

What do you know about space or is there anything you would like to find out about it?

Maybe you could look up at the night sky and tell us what you can see from your house. Can you see the moon, stars, or any other planets?

Why not send us a drawing or paint a picture of what you have seen.

Perhaps you could take a photo if you find any interesting information about space in a book or on the internet.

You can share your drawings and photos on Class Dojo or email them to us at [email protected].

Below is a photo of the space rocket Jack made.

 


News post: 20th December 2020

At Watten ELC we have been learning about Children’s Rights using the book “For Every Child”. This has led to lots of group discussion and children made a poster sharing their thoughts and linking it to their own lives. Children’s comments included “Everyone has a name”, “Everyone has a land like Scotland”, “Don’t smack anybody”, “We wouldn’t have any animals if we didn’t look after the planet”.

During one discussion a child said “Some people don’t have anything for Christmas, that must be really sad” so we decided that we would like to give some of our food to the local foodbank. Children brought in food from home and one child helped staff to select foods from our kitchen cupboard saying “Maybe they will like sweetcorn and peas, that will be healthy for them”.

Children decorated the food boxes with stickers, drew Christmas pictures and the older children helped to write a message on the boxes. Children all helped to pack the food into the boxes ready to be dropped off at the foodbank.

Children also took part in Christmas Jumper Day to raise funds for “Save the Children”.


News post: 11th November 2020

At Watten ELC we have been busy working towards renewing our Eco-Schools Green Flag. Our two biggest topics have been Litter and Waste Minimisation.

We carried out several ‘litter picks’ including one at Dunnet Beach where we learned about the harm plastic can cause to sea life. Linking with the local primary school we began collecting crisp packets and bottle tops for recycling.

Our Eco-Committee decided to make “Eco-Bricks” using plastic bottles and plastic which could not be recycled locally.  Over several months staff, children, and parents helped to collect plastic and make the bricks. Children were working out how to get the plastic into the bottles and using scissors to cut up the larger pieces of plastic. Some children even carried on making Eco-Bricks whilst at home during the lockdown.

Children were weighing, sorting, and counting the Eco-Bricks and we have now made over 100 and recycled approx. 30 kilograms of plastic. Our next step is to use the Eco-Bricks to make a planter for our garden.

Children also created a litter policy for our centre in the form of a mind-map and helped to make an anti-litter sign for displaying at the Loch Watten picnic area.

Doing this project has given children a better understanding of how we can all reduce, re-use and recycle as well as a sense of achievement knowing that they are bringing about positive changes to their local community and the wider environment.

Look at our photos below


Happy Halloween

Wild Willows

News post: 19th January 2021

Hello everyone,

We hope you enjoyed our play idea last week. 

This week our children asked to make a shop so we planned together with them what we would need and looked around the nursery for items we could sell.

I wonder if your children would like to make a shop at home?

This role-play activity promotes numeracy, literacy and imaginative play.

We added some small medium and large signs to sort out items into different sizes, made some money and also added some natural resources.

 

 

This activity will promote literacy, numeracy and imaginative play.

Let us know what ideas your children have for their shop !

Kirsty, Pam and Beckie

 

 

 

 

 


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Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre

Post: 11th Jan 2021

We all would like to take this opportunity to wish our parents and children a Happy New Year, a very strange beginning, but we are all very hopeful we will have you all back in soon. 

Check-in regularly on the CALA website

for news and updates from our setting. You will also find a wealth of support information, fun play and learning ideas and other links we hope you will find helpful ou our dedicated Parent Portal.

Your child’s key worker will be in contact with you over the coming few days, to have a chat and see if there is anything we can help you with, suggestions of activities etc.

Enrolment information

January is usually for P1 entrants, and February for Nursery entrants, we will keep you all posted, it will be online, we will advise as time goes on.

Update on centre

As you are all aware we are open for key worker families,

We are here if you wish to contact us for anything, please do not hesitate to call us, tel: 01463 222115 or email: [email protected]

 


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A fun week learning in Wimberley, we have had fun learning about snails, children have been voting about what they want to learn about snails: do they want to learn about different types of snails or learn the body parts of a snail? The children have voted and we are all learning about the body parts of snails …….caring hands for our wee friends

Children using lots of concentration to screw the wood together. Good Teamwork!

Being creative!

Just a wee snap shot of our days in Wimberley, lots more to come!

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Culbokie Fun Club

News post: 19th January 2021

Click to download and excellent resource with lots of links to virtual tours!


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So busy in December!


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It’s World Kindness Day!

If you go down the wood’s your sure to have loads of fun and learning!


 

 

 

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30th September 2020

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Cromarty Childcare Centre

News Post: 19th January 2021

We hope you had a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

It has been such a cold start to 2021 and feeding the birds gives them an extra boost to get them through the cold days and nights.

We had planned to do some bird-related activities this month to attract more birds into the garden at OOSC. We were hoping to do our own version of RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch but we are hoping you can have some fun and watch the birds from your own gardens.

We would like to share some ideas that we have made at home for making some simple, easy and fun feeders.

Karen’s toilet roll feeder.

Karen has lots of feeders around her garden and gets a variety of birds including woodpeckers, long-tailed tits, partridges and pheasants.

My favourite is the greater spotted woodpecker.

 

All you need is a toilet roll, smooth peanut butter (or softened lard), some twine/string, a twig and birdseed.Make holes for the twine and twig ( you may need an adult to help you), put the twine through, coat with peanut butter/lard, roll in birdseed, add the twig and that’s it done and ready to hang.

 

 

I had a Coal -Tit on mine within 5 mins and over the last 2 days I have had robins, blue tits and great tits all enjoying the seed and peanut butter

 

 

Louise’s Cheerio feeders

Louise has enjoyed watching lots of birds in her garden, especially in the frosty weather.  Her favourite bird is a robin. She has 4 bird feeders which she can see from her living room window, all need to be filled up regularly as the birds are very hungry. She also made some homemade feeders using pipe cleaners and Cheerio’s which she has hung up in her garden. Have a go at making these at home and ask an adult to send us some photos of them in your garden

 

 

Claire’s Milk bottle feeder

In the winter my 2 boys like to feed the birds that come to our garden.

We have some shop-bought feeders and this year we’ve made a feeder from a milk bottle. We found a milk bottle from our recycling bin. Cut out a hole both sides of it. Made small holes below that so we could push through a stick for the birds to sit on. Cutting will need adults to help. Then attached a cable tie to hang it. We filled the feeders with a mix of different seeds.

In the summer we grew sunflowers and we collected all the seeds that had grown in them for the birds. We also have peanuts and fatballs which the birds like to eat too.

We watch the birds from the house windows and we have spotted sparrows, blackbirds and a robin enjoying the food.

As well as feeders you can put out food scraps.  Leftover cooked potato, rice, pasta, pastry are all tasty to birds along with cheese and cut-up fresh fruit. Water is also important at this time of the year especially if everything is frozen.

Let us know if you do make any of our feeders or you could share any ideas that you have and then tell us what birds are visiting your gardens. Ask an adult to email them to [email protected]

Just a reminder that if you want to join in RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch on 29th -31st Jan there is more info on rspb.org.uk

We hope to see you soon

Karen, Louise and Claire


News Post: 8th January 2021

‘Ah-ha oh Ho’, footprints in the snow, whose are those footprints and where do they go?’

Today was a snow day and we would have made the most of any snow at the setting; supporting the children’s learning and ideas through their chosen snow activities.

We thought we would share the activity that I did with my children today. We made the most of it by going on a search for footprints…

We are Julia Donaldson fans in our house and one of our favourites is 

‘The Gruffalos child’ so as we searched, we recited parts of the story.

We found various animal prints- see if you can guess what they are?

This activity soon became…what other prints and marks can we find?

We found tractor-tyre marks, normal car tracks and our own footprints!

Storm found a stick and expanded his learning by using it to make his own marks in the snow and enjoyed scribing numbers. He then got his imagination flowing and decided to ski with them.

Willow chose to make snow angel prints, and stick trails as she was pulled on the sledge which also made tracks!

We called Carol and asked if she had some snow. Carol did and her and her dog Molly went for a walk in search of some footprints and marks too. They found some interesting tracks and if you look close you may spot some other prints in the snow. Molly enjoyed creating some of her own pawprints!

Louise couldn’t find any snow but there was some frost around, and as our children at the nursery love mud and ice she went a walk to explore and found some marks in the frozen mud!

Can you guess what muddy prints she spotted?

Claire and her children spotted some bird footprints near the bird feeder. They are going to keep watch to see if they can see what birds left them.

Whilst outdoors today, Karen spotted that some pheasants had been dragging their tails along the frosty grass!

Mary was exploring in the snow with her lovely dog Theo and they spotted lots of footprints. Theo got a bit excited and had a splash in the icy cold water.

We also found some snow which looked like crystals and we are going to look at how crystals are formed and try to create some of our own.

Once indoors we had a warm drink and Willow read the Gruffalos child to us.

We would love to see the prints you can find out and about locally; whether it be in the snow or in the sand at the local beach; and also try creating your own marks in some snow or sand using sticks or other natural resources you can find?

Let us know if and how you expanded on the learning as well.

Please email all your photos and learning to us at [email protected]

Once back indoors remember to snuggle up with a warm drink and perhaps read your favourite story.

Here are our photos……. enjoy!


News Post: 17th December

What shall we call our snowman?


Bonfire Time!

Not wanting the children to miss all the fun of bonfire night this year, we mind-mapped with the children what they would like to do and they helped us risk assess the activities. They wanted to have a fire everyday so that no one missed out.

We had fun building the fires in Louise’s firepit, and we even had guys. We toasted marshmallows and used glow sticks as sparklers.

Even the windy weather didn’t stop us, we had a ‘bonfire’ inside and toasted the marshmallows over tealights. The glow sticks were put to good use sellotaping them onto uniforms and dancing around the room, they also had great fun making pictures and spelling out their names.

Comment from a parent

‘The girls have had great fun in the past two nights – thank you!

Drakies Out of School Care

News post: 15th January 2021

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News post: 8th January 2021

It has been a different start to our new term than expected! We are missing all of you who are not yet back with us and thought you would like to see what we have been up to!

We have been writing down what COVID-19 means to us and what we feel has changed because of it for our floor book. Some of us have been having lots of fun outside in the snow and then inside for some quiet time with board games and Xbox.

We would love to hear what everyone else is up to – why not drop us a wee email with some photos at [email protected] 

Meanwhile, stay safe everyone, we miss you.

Love from all at Drakies.


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Junior World Childcare Group - OSC

News Post: 15th January 2021

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Post: 25th September 2020

Children in OOSC have been involved in Yoga this week. Many of the children experimented with some Yoga at home, during LockDown, so they were delighted to have the opportunity to share their skills further. 

Not only does this provide children with opportunities to develop their balance, strength and coordination skills, it is also a great way to learn how to develop a sense of calmness after a busy day school. The children have also been taking their skills home and sharing with their parents.

A great way of increasing Health & Well Being for Children!

Kinmylies Out of School Care

News post – 15th January 2021

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News post – 8th January 2021

A different start to our new term but lots of fun being had while missing everyone not yet back! Stay safe everyone!

North Kessock Red Kites

News Post: 13th January 2021

 


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Raigmore Out of School Care

News post: 13th January 2021

 


News post: 10th December 2020

 


Happy Halloween from all at Raigmore OSC

TRACC Out of School Care

News post: 15th January 2021

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News post: 11th January 2021

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all safe and well. Look who wants to see you!

 

 

Look what Auntie Paula from TRACC got me for Christmas. And it SQUEAKS…..

Opening all the presents was hard work –  a snooze with dad will help!

Let us know how your Christmas was – drop us a little letter or ask your parents to help send us an email!


Friday 6th November

Hi everyone

Hope you all had a good holiday. We have had a busy Halloween her at the setting with arts, crafts, outdoor play and learning experiences as well as a party!

We are working on our kindness pledge book and board.

We have children, staff, partners, councillors, and the wider community all taking part.

Keep checking back here for our fun updates and latest photos.

Thanks all


Wednesday 2nd September – Opening date confirmed

We are delighted to announce that TRACC OSC will be reopening for children from Knockbreck Primary School from the 7th of September. The staff team will be contacting families by the end of this week to schedule bookings and discuss any queries. 

Unfortunately, we are not in a position to provide care for other feeder schools at the moment; but will continue to monitor guidance to facilitate this as soon as possible.

If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact our Inverness office by email – [email protected] or telephone on 01463 222569.


Tuesday 25th August 2020 – Update

TRACC is currently closed, however, we are engaged in active communications with the parties involved ie. High Life Highland, Highland Council and the Headteacher to agree on a re-opening date which we hope will be imminent.  We appreciate your patience and assure you that we are working hard on your behalf to re-open the setting. If you would like to speak to the management team of TRACC, simply call our CALA office on 01463 222569, they will arrange for a manager to call you back. Meanwhile, to help keep you informed of any update we will begin posting for TRACC right here on TRACC’s new dedicated blog.

We look forward to welcoming you back to TRACC very soon.

 

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