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…….

“Going to self evaluate little and often and think more about the quality, not the quantity.
Will start using a Floorbook to record Self Evaluation to put more of an emphasis on the impact of improvements made and to share responsibility”

ChildminderArgyll and Bute - Spetember 2020

“Going to use the ideas and tools with my team, parents and children. and do it regularly and often”

ELC PractitionerArgyll and Bute - September 2020

“I recently completed the free e-module on children affected by parental substance misuse and thought it was excellent”

Youth WorkerAberdeen City Council - August 2020

“This is the first CALA E-Learning course I have participated in.  The course was well structured, informative, and well presented.  I enjoyed the time completing it and would advise others to use”

ELC PractitionerNorth Ayrshire - July 2020

“Really useful for children’s panel work, thank you for another great course”

VolunteerHighland - July 2020

“Access to lots of helpful resources to add to the in house training our Club is doing at the moment on outdoor play”

OSC PractitionerGlasgow - June 2020

“I find the CALA e-learning zone a great resource and a convenient way to refresh knowledge and refine new skills”

ELC PractitionerEdinburgh - July 2020

“This is the first time I’ve tried e-learning and was easier than I thought. I liked I could stop and start and do it when the children were in bed. Really helpful and reassuring for me as a mum”

ParentHighland - August 2020

“Excellent training will look out for more in future.”

Residential Children’s WorkerAberdeenshire - June 2020

Great resource and really helpful that free courses are accessible, especially for a large setting with a high number of staff

ELC ManagerFalkirk 0 June 2020

“Well set out & engaging training, thank you”

Health Visitor Aberdeenshire - August 2020

“This really made me think about how gender-biased we can be without meaning to. I’ll will definitely consider the language I use in future”

ELC PractitionerHighland - September 2020

“I really like the captions with the videos and voice over, helpful for the deaf or hard of hearing”

Support WorkerStirling - August 2020

*NEW* – 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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