Personal Care Plan – ‘Being Me’ update.

Thank you to all the settings who took part in the ‘Being Me’ pilot and for your feedback.

We are now in the process of making some amendments to the document using this information. The updated document and guidance will be released along with a bitesize session, to support settings in using it, before the end of term.

So please watch this space.

Quick reminder following last weeks email: Good practice guidance: prevention and management of choking episodes in babies and children.

Click on the link to access the Care Inspectorate document which contains the following information plus more including web links for further information.

Ways to prepare food so that it’s safe
• Remove any stones or pips before serving.
• Quarter (length ways) small fruit and vegetables like cherry tomatoes, grapes and blackberries.
• Cut large fruits into slices rather than chunks.
• Think twice before offering very young children hard, slippery or sticky foods. If serving, these should be cut into small pieces.
• Peel the skin off fruit, vegetables and sausages (although remember that sausages can be high in salt).
• Cook hard or stringy vegetables such as green beans and carrots until they are quite soft for use as finger foods, rather than offering them raw.
• Remove bones from meat or fish.
Watch out for small round food items

Children under four years old can choke on these things – avoid them.
• peanuts
• boiled sweets
• hot dogs
• chocolate eggs with small toys inside
• raw carrots
• popcorn
• nuts (whole peanuts should be avoided until the age of 5)
• sweet items such as mini eggs
• raw jelly cubes, they can get stuck in the throat.

Recovering Play Session

Many of you attended the Recovering Play session on the February in-service day and found it very helpful as you returned to providing all the play opportunities children need to support their wellbeing, learning and development. If you have not yet accessed this session or would like to revisit it, the forthcoming in-service day on 5th May will be an ideal opportunity to do so. It will be an hour very well spent!

A recording of this training can be found within the CPD tile on the ELC Highland Blog or on the link below:


In addition to the recording, the presentation slides and links document are also available on the blog via the links below:

Further opportunities to support the recovery of play will be offered next session. Keep an eye on the blog to find out more!