Current Projects

CALA’s New Mentoring Programme for 2016

During our Annual CALA Conference we announced the launch of our new and exciting mentoring programme that has been designed for newly appointed or promoted childcare practitioners, workers within Staffbank and CALA childminders. The CALA Mentoring Programme aims to enhance professional development, provide a confident and competent workforce, promote integrated working and strengthen leadership.

Find out more about CALA’s Mentoring Programme.


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.

CAM (Community Asset Mapping)

This report was published (March 2015) after gathering the views of over 150 primary age children in six areas in Highland.

The aim of the report is to ensure both existing and proposed aspects of community planning within the Highlands have been influenced by the views of children and to promote and share these views with agencies/stakeholders who have responsibility for provision, planning and policy making.

Find out more about CAM.

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.

Making Time for Play

Making Time for Play helps parents and carers recognise the important role they play in the early development of their children. Funded by the Scottish Government’s Third Sector Early Intervention Fund, the project began in July 2013 and will run until 31st March 2016. It builds on the valuable relationships developed with children and their families through CALA’s work on the Early Years, Early Action programme.

Find out more about Making Time for Play.

Healthy Beginnings

Our Healthy Beginnings project supports and helps parents and carers with practical budgeting, shopping and cooking skills.

Find out more about Healthy Beginnings.

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.


Play@Home 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 Play@Home.