Learning, Development and Improvement

Learning, Development & Improvement

  • Offering professional learning through tutor facilitated on-line, e-module and face to face delivery

  • A small team of tutors with a collective 80 year’s experience in childcare focused learning, development & improvement

  • Tailored CPL solutions to meet your needs available on request

  • All courses promote children’s rights and links to national guidance

  • Available anywhere in Scotland

What our learners say…….


Learners rated CALA learning as 

Excellent or Very Good

Learning accessed by all 32 authorities in SCOTLAND and various other countries including feedback from Japan and Canada From course evaluations - September 2022 - September 2023

Feedback from the staff was really positive, everyone enjoyed the training and that there were so many areas covered relevant to practice. New staff also found the training useful and has given them more confidence into implementing activities into practice.

ELC Manager East Lothian - 2021

Rated: Excellent

Really relaxed and informative session and open to express our thoughts – really like that they read these out and commented so we know they are acknowledged and valued – thank you.

ELC PractitionerLothian - 2021

Rated: Excellent

Really well presented, ladies very friendly and nice to listen to, well organised and loved the interactive jamboards.


SAC Childcare PractitionerHighland - 2021

Rated: Excellent

I just love the format used to deliver the learning! Thank you.

ParentAberdeenshire - 2021

Rated: Excellent

Cala e-learning is a great way for childminders to access training.

ChildminderDundee - 2021

Rated: Excellent

Very clear, easy to navigate and interactive and fun way to learn.

Foster CarerScottish Borders - 2021

Rated: Very good

Very good explanation and examples to let you understand everything.

StudentAberdeen - 2021

Rated: Excellent

Fantastic course and hoping I can share it with my D&G colleagues

NHS - Project Development CoordinatorSouth Lanarkshire - 2021

Rated: Very Good

Great courses that support and improve my knowledge and practice

ELC Practitioner Glasgow - 2021

Rated: Excellent

The module is informative and provides a holistic approach to supporting children who are affected by parental substance misuse

Social WorkerPerth and Kinross

Rated: Excellent

Very simple but knowledgeable course, giving you the information needed but also links where you can find out more if desired. The videos are nice so you can have a break from reading

ELC Senior PractitionerHighland - 2021

“Well set out & engaging training, thank you”

Community MidwifeFife - 2021

Rated: Excellent

Really enjoyed engaging with the learning. Much of this is what we do day-to-day but it was a really helpful refresher and I know I will refer back to some of the document links. Thank you

Specialist NurseHighland - 2021

Virtual online learning sessions

Our tutor facilitated online learning sessions are an ideal halfway between e-learning and face to face. A convenient way for practitioners to learn through interactive presentation and discussion with no travel involved – our tutors come to you virtually!

Face to face delivery

Our comprehensive learning and development menu gives a summary outline of our available full and half-day courses. If you would like further detail, just call (01463 222569) and our administrator will put you in touch with one of our team.

Tailored courses

We can create bespoke learning and development days or half days to meet your needs. A key aim of our work is to increase practitioners knowledge, confidence and reflective practice to enable them to meet the National Standard for ELC through continuous improvement, keeping children and families at that heart of all that we do.

Our Learning and Development Team

CALA employs a small team of experienced tutors who collectively have over 80 years experience in childcare! Our tutor’s input to local and national working groups and work closely with providers, practitioners and local authority colleagues to ensure our course content reflects current priorities to support the learning needs of all those working with and for children and families.  

Learn more about CALA’s Learning, Development and Improvement Team on Meet the team page

Quality Improvement

We offer a consultancy service to work with you and your team to identify your strengths, next steps and support improvement. For more information please telephone us on 01463 222569 or email [email protected] 

CALA E-Learning Zone

The CALA E-Learning Zone offers a wide range of interactive childcare focused short format modules on a wide range of ELC themes including safeguarding children, health and wellbeing and more. Thanks to funding from partners, many are free of charge, others are minimal cost thanks to the support of the Scottish Government’s CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund. With over almost 5000 registered users and over 16,500 modules accessed in the last year, our e-learning has proved to be highly popular with practitioners and providers.

Bespoke E-module development for third parties

Are you part of an organisation who would like to offer free e-learning to your target audience but don’t have a platform? Then contact us to discuss commissioning an e-module. You provide the content, we can build and host, maintain and report for you

Frequently Asked Questions

2. How can I stay up-to-date with what Learning and Development you have coming up?

We post every upcoming training event on the CALA Facebook page, as well as on the CALA blog. Make sure you subscribe to both if you want to know about upcoming training events as soon as they are announced.

For details about upcoming training, please refer to our ‘upcoming Learning & Development’ page.

2. What platforms do you use to deliver your virtual online sessions?

We use multiple platforms based on the sessions being delivered and the needs of the client. The main 3 that we use are:
  • Adobe Connet
  • Google Meet

For each platform, we provide clear, visual prompt tools and are on hand prior to each session to do our best to get people logged in to the platform used. All our platforms are compatible with most PC’s, Laptops, Tablets/Ipads and mobile phones.

Each one can be accessed either through downloading the platform app or through your browser – the choice is yours.

Browsers = Firefox, Google, Edge.

3. How much do you charge for your Learning and Development sessions?

To learn more about our prices, please get in touch. You can email us at [email protected] or telephone 01463 222569.

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