Bookbug Explorer Training Opportunities in Dingwall and Inverness

Bookbug have two Explorer training sessions taking place next month in Inverness and in Dingwall.

The training sessions offer practitioners an understanding of how to gift the Explorer Bag effectively, including how to excite children about books, stories and reading.

The Bookbug Explorer Bag is gifted to every three-year-old in Scotland in their ante-preschool year. The free Explorer Bag is packed with books, music, drawing materials and other resources to encourage parent and child interaction. Research shows us that the bags are most effective when parents and children are involved in the gifting process.

The dates for the training sessions are below and you can access the booking link by clicking on the location, highlighted in blue.

·         Dingwall, Highland: Wednesday 13 November 2019, 10am–11:30am

·         Inverness, Highland: Thursday 21 November, 10am–11:30am

Bookbug also have limited spaces on their Bringing Picture Books to Life session in Inverness.

Bringing Picture Books to Life is For anyone working with groups of children aged 3-5 years who would like to develop the way they read picture books aloud with them. The details of the course are:

Inverness, Highland: Wednesday 6 November, 10am–1pm

You can, again, access the session by clicking on the location, highlighted in blue.

Early Learning and Childcare Blog Update and more Outdoor Learning News!

As you may have noticed, the EYESO team have been making changes to the Blog to ensure that it contains the most up to date information and guidance for practitioners. Your patience while we complete this is much appreciated. Please contact your EYESO if you have any good practice examples to share. Many staff across Highland have taken part in Finding the Pathway to Outdoor Learning training over the last few months. We’ve evaluated feedback from staff which has shown that the impact on their confidence levels to deliver outdoor learning has increased as a result of the training.  We’re looking forward to seeing the wider impact of the training in settings over the rest of the session! Finding the Pathway to Outdoor Learning – Highland Evaluation Information June 2019 outdoor stramash

Newton Park Nursery Outdoor Space Development

Newton ParkSince the start of term the fantastic early years team at Newton Park nursery have worked in collaboration with children, families and their local community to develop areas of their outdoor play space.  They’ve put together a short description of their journey of change and the difference this has made to the children’s play and learning experiences.  Click on the link below to read more about their journey!

Newton Park Nursery Outdoor Space Development Sept 2019

Remember, if you have practice or an improvement journey you would like to share on the ELC Blog, please contact you Early Years Education Support Officer!

Let’s talk about 1140! Kay Newton, Senior Inspector ELC2 (including Highland).

K Newton CI

Click to hear Kay speaking at UHI Inverness on –

  • What does 1140 mean for the Care Inspectorate and ELC settings?
  • How will the Care Inspectorate be evaluating quality?
  • The Health and Social Care standards in relation to –
  • Sleep, rest and activities
  • Shared placements, communication and transitions
  • Outdoor play, free flow and 20% increase
  • Food and drink: meals, snack and water
  • Staffing: changes to teams and recruitment



New from the Care Inspectorate Self evaluation for improvement – your guide

Self evaluation for improvement – your guide

The Care Inspectorate are developing quality frameworks for the different types of care settings. they “will have launched all of the frameworks by the end of 2020. These quality frameworks help services evaluate themselves. Our inspectors use them too, to evaluate the quality of care during inspections and improvement planning.

Each framework presents several quality indicators that sit under a series of key questions. Each quality indicator comes with two illustrations; one describes very good practice and the other describes weak practice. By comparing your own performance with these illustrations, you can identify what is working well and what you need to improve to support better outcomes for people experiencing care.”

SE doc CI

Principles of Effective Tracking in ELC for Highland

Ensuring children make progress in their development and learning is a vital part of the work that we all do in our settings everyday.  After gathering feedback from early years staff, and working in collaboration with education and allied health professionals, a set of principles to support effective tracking in early learning and childcare settings has been compiled.  Please use the principles to support effective tracking of development and learning within your setting.  Your Early Years Education Support Officer will be happy to discuss this with you further if you have any questions.

Principles of Effective Tracking in Highland ELC

ELC Webinar Information

Today the Highland ELC team hosted a Webinar from Inverness with links to Portree, Wick, Dingwall and Fort William.  Information was shared about the latest ELC expansion news for Highland.  This gave Kirsty Henry, the new Senior Manager for Early Years, the opportunity to introduce herself and meet ELC staff.  Jennifer Campbell, Early Years Expansion Project Lead, shared Highland updates.   Annika Jansson, ELC lead within the change team, shared key messages from the Scottish Government and other national guidance around how we maintain and develop quality within ELC.  Workshops then took place in areas where ELC managers and staff were asked to identify key features of a high quality ethos and environment in ELC.  These features will be compiled, shared with settings and used to support self-evaluation.  If you missed the Webinar, you can catch up by reading the presentation slides which are attached below.

ELC Webinar Presentation 2nd October 2019