Supporting Parents along the Journey of Child’s Development

Hello everyone

This is the third installment about the workshop leaders for the upcoming CALA Annual Conference.

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.

To find out more be sure to visit here!

Be sure to book your place at the conference as soon as possible, as it is first come first served!

We look forward to seeing you all there


Workshop Outline

Over the past 3 school sessions, Developmental Overviews have provided a format for the early identification of need within preschool settings in Highland.

In James’ workshop, he will explain the background of the Developmental Overviews, as well as:

  • How the data generated by the Developmental Overviews is collated, analysed and used to address and improve play experiences to maximise opportunity for children’s learning and development.
  • How at an individual level DO’s can support in the early recognition of any issues/developmental gaps/delay, difficulties for young children in managing their behaviour etc.
  • A new web resource that provides strategies to support children’s development from pre-birth onwards, put together by local speech and language and occupational therapists, physiotherapists, early years practitioners and psychologists.
  • Strategies to employ to address the concern identified along with an appropriate timescale for intervention and review, level of success and next steps, e.g. differentiating activities, making changes to the environment, etc.
  • The importance of practitioners working to support and engage parents and the significant difference this can make to outcomes for children. What would practitioners like covered on the website?


Speaker Biography

James is an educational psychologist with Highland Council, specialising in early years. He has key roles in supporting developments in early parenting, learning, language and literacy, working across all services and sectors. As the workshop will demonstrate, he is not yet very good at designing websites, but enjoys learning new things. A key part of James’s role is to engage with practitioners and find where development and improvement is needed, and he will hope to hear many views during the day.


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