Current Projects


Our brand new employability project – #openingdoors – covers Inverness and the Inner Moray firth area, Nairn-shire, Sutherland and Easter Ross. Over the next two years we will support, mentor and guide 40 young people ages 16-24 years into a career in childcare.

Find out more about #openingdoors project and careers in ELC.

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[email protected] originated in New Zealand in 1990 and is a physical activity programme for children from birth to five years. The programme provides resources for parents to help them support their children to participate in physical activity.

Find out more about [email protected]

Smart Start

Smart Start is a health and wellbeing programme aimed at young children (3-5 years) in Early Learning and Childcare settings. It provides children with the opportunity to engage in activities endorsing key messages on nutritional eating and physical activity. Smart Start is funded through NHS Highland, and managed by CALA, working in close collaboration with the Highland Council.

Find out more about Smart Start.


The CALA Family Support team have a unique toolbox of skills and this includes being qualified to deliver the peep Learning Together Programme.

The Learning Together Programme (LTP) aims to help parents and carers to:

  • value and extend learning opportunities in everyday life
  • improve the quality of the Home Learning Environment
  • develop secure attachment relationships with their babies and children
  • in some circumstances gain credit-rated qualification units based on
  • supporting their child’s learning and development.
  • By supporting parents/carers, the programme aims to improve children’s:
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • communication and language
  • early literacy development
  • early numeracy development
  • health and physical development

peep sessions last around an hour and are a fun and engaging way for children and parents to have fun and learn together. peep sessions include songs, stories an activity and are always FUN!

Gaelic Toddler Group Project

CALA, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and Highland Council are working in partnership to develop a vibrant Gaelic 0-3 early years sector across the Highlands.

Find out more about the Gaelic Toddler Group Project.

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