Training & Quality Improvement

Norma Ruettimann, Training Development Manager

Having taken a career break from my conference and banqueting role to have children, I became involved in toddlers and playgroup as a volunteer, then practitioner then as a part-time development officer in Badenoch and Strathspey. Fast forward several years, my son and daughter are all grown up and my role in CALA has grown and diversified.

I’ve been lucky enough to have been involved in developing and delivering a variety of projects, training & quality improvement and have travelled many miles across Highland and Moray and other local authorities in the process. As Education Scotland say “every day’s a learning day” and with ongoing developments and expansion in child care and learning, there is always an interesting new challenge and learning gained from the inspiring adults and children I come into contact with.

I spend my time between Highland and Glasgow and enjoy walking, yoga,  eating out and going to music events (not necessarily in that order!)

Marion Laidlaw, Improvement Coordinator

I started my working life as a social worker but when my children came along, decided I’d much rather work with wee ones. I got involved as a parent with my local playgroup then started working there in 1995 and haven’t looked back since! In 2011, I took on the rewarding role as Childhood Practice Manager which allowed me to combine working with children and supporting staff to develop their skills as practitioners – the best of both worlds! This has naturally led to my current role, as I have the privilege of working with people across the breadth of CALA services.

The aim is to continually develop high-quality practice to provide the very best for children and families. No two days are the same: different people and places to see, and always something new to learn!

Outside of work, I enjoy music, cooking and baking but most especially spending time with my family including discovering the great joy of being a Grandma – all the fun without the responsibility

Corrina Shearer, Senior Training Officer

I live in Dulnain Bridge in the Badenoch & Strathspey area where I am fortunate enough to have beautiful views of the Cairngorm Mountains from my windows. In my spare time I love walking and cycling with my two dogs Kylo and Hughie.

My working life has always been in Early Learning and Childcare in a variety of roles across England and Scotland. My role as Training Officer for CALA sees me travelling all over Highland & Moray in the CALA van taking in the beautiful views and meeting lots of lovely, dedicated people working in various sectors within Early Learning and Childcare, Childminding, Education and Health.

Susan Maclaren, Training Officer

I have lived in a variety of places in the Highlands throughout my adult life, travelling extensively across Highland delivering training when I was working with Highland Child Protection Committee.  

I am a qualified social worker and have been privileged to work with teams in both Highland and Moray supporting children and families in a variety of roles.

In my spare time, I enjoy golf, skiing and travelling in order to do both in new and different places. 

Jackie Mooney, Active Play Practitioner

After deciding in 2016 to completely change my career direction, I enrolled in college and completed an HNC in Childhood Practice.

I decided to continue my studies and am currently in 2nd year of the Child and Youth Studies degree through UHI, which is online. I was delighted to recently take up the position of Active Play Practitioner, which allows me to travel to a few different schools to offer and participate in outdoor active play opportunities.

I am interested in all that play has to offer, so look forward to being part of a team which supports this. As a mum of 2, any spare time (aside from endless coursework!!) is spent with them, friends and my boxer dog Macy.