Training

Our Trainers

CALA employs a small team of experienced trainers who work closely with colleagues in Highland to bring current, relevant and innovative training to staff and parents working with babies, children and young people. We pride ourselves in being responsive to the needs of our membership in Highland and Moray and in keeping abreast of national and local trends in childcare and education.

Our training is complemented by the work carried out by Highlands and Moray Accredited Training Services (HiMATS) which focuses on assessing the accredited elements of our training on behalf of SQA.

Learn more about CALA’s trainers on the Meet the Team page. 

In-Service Training

Within each academic year we deliver full and half day training events as part of the Highland Council In- service Programme. Places can be booked through Highland Council (call 01463 703184). You will need to obtain a username and password to access this site and book courses: Highland – Continuous Professional Development. Download the Early Learning & Childcare Staff Development Programme.

Our training courses, for example: ‘Early Science and Investigation’, and ‘Taking Literacy and Numeracy Outdoors’ are a blend of interactive tutor presentation underpinning knowledge and understanding along with practical elements for active learning.

Workshop Training

In addition to in-service training for practitioners, learning opportunities for parents we also deliver workshop training across the Highlands and other local authorities, sometimes as requested by Local Childcare Partnerships. Individual settings can commission training to meet the learning needs of their staff team.

Six & Five Day Courses

PLiP – Play and Learning into Practice

Our ‘Play and Learning into Practice’ course, is targeted at fairly new, inexperienced or unqualified staff who would like to access a comprehensive introduction to early learning and childcare. The course, FREE to all practitioners working in Early Learning and Childcare in Highland, is delivered one day a week, over six weeks, and provides a wide range of practical learning experiences as well as the NC module ‘Child Development and Health’ which provides essential underpinning knowledge and practical workshops for practitioner’s in  Early Learning and Childcare.  It is an ideal stepping stone into SVQ study.

Click here to download the PLiP course descriptor. 

Find out more about the next PLiP course on our Courses in Highland page


PiP – Play into Practice

Four introductory sessions for those working in wrap around or OSC. Practitioner’s in Highland can access this free course which provides a blend of theory, group discussions and practical play sessions. 

An ideal introduction for those working in after school care to help you meet children’s play needs and is an ideal stepping stone for those who may be considering undertaking a qualification in Play Work. Aspects include children’s rights, value of play, consulting with children and the role of the adult. Practical elements include play involving wind, water, loose parts and creativity.

Click here to download the course descriptor for PiP.

Find out more about the next PIP course on our Courses in Highland page.


For queries and more information:
Email: inverness@Calachildcare.co.uk Tel: 01463 703033