Words Up Wednesday – Play and Talk Together

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Today there will be an opportunity to reflect on and discuss the Words Up key message ‘Play and talk together’ with members of the SLT team.

Please watch the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw5n3_uVOVo&feature=youtu.be) prior to joining the live Q & A session, 4.00pm – 4.45pm.

Possible aspects to consider are:
• Can you think about when this key message might be difficult?
• Are there areas of the setting/ curriculum that would be easier or more difficult to use this key message in?
• Are there any barriers to putting it in place?
• Are there any children this might not work for/ be more difficult with?
• How does this link to Realising the Ambition?

We hope many of you will join to share your thoughts and ask the SLT team any questions you may have arising from the video or from your own experience of applying Play and Talk Together within your setting or with your own children.

Please use this link to access the session via Google Chrome: https://meet.google.com/tve-svzr-ugi?hs=122&authuser=0

Words Up Wednesday is back!

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Do you want to explore the Words Up: Early key messages and how these can be applied in your practice? If so, Words Up Wednesdays are returning online today!

Join the SLT team and other practitioners every Wednesday from 4.00pm – 4.45pm, when you can listen, ask questions from your own setting or join in the conversation.

Today we will be exploring Pause and Wait. Please watch the video before the session – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYsoBf8OAVw

If you can’t come along today, you can catch up with the recorded session later on the Highland Digital Schools Hub in the Words Up section.

Please click on this link to join today’s session:  meet.google.com/hkk-efxt-zyx
Please ensure you access this via Google Chrome.

The safe operation of childminding services during Covid-19

Please find below a link to the booking page for a webinar being hosted by the Scottish Government on 26 November. This webinar will provide an opportunity for childminders to come together and hear from the Care Inspectorate and Public Health Scotland on key issues relating to safe operation during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, informed by feedback Scottish Government has gathered from the sector on areas of particular interest/concern.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from a childminder about their experience of operating safely during the national lockdown period, offering critical childcare, and of managing the situation of a confirmed Covid-19 case within their setting. You can book your attendance here. 

Resources to Support Outdoor Play and Learning from Inspiring Scotland

Inspiring Scotland have been producing resources over the past few months which may be of benefit in your aim to increase your outdoor ELC provision.

Videos promoting and supporting Outdoor Provision in ELC

Inspiring Scotland made these clips last January – not knowing that COVID would delay their release. The films raise awareness of the benefits of Outdoor Play and Learning in ELC and may be useful to share with your staff teams and families.

https://youtu.be/rN6Cxvp25qo  Benefits of outdoor play and learning from a Child’s perspective.

https://youtu.be/6yGxKgBJLu0  Benefits of outdoor play and learning from a Parent’s perspective

https://youtu.be/nte7WYO60Jc  Benefits of outdoor play and learning from a Practitioner’s perspective

Other Resources


Practitioners Tuesday Tips to support more Outdoor Play and Learning

Inspiring Scotland have been releasing weekly tips on different aspects of ELC practice which are aimed at practitioners who would like to extend their Outdoor Practice.  Find these at the link below:


Outdoor Games and Activity Ideas

Outdoor games and activity ideas for families and ELC settings: https://www.inspiringscotland.org.uk/thrive/?thrive_type=activities-games

We hope you find these resources beneficial and please feel free to share with your staff team and families.

Online event supporting your wellbeing.

Online Event – Supporting your Wellbeing 10 free online wellbeing sessions are being offered to the early years sector by Early Years Scotland through funding from the Scottish Government. These are Phase 2 of the free online wellbeing events being offered in conjunction with the Team ELC Wellbeing Hub, which can be found here. These ten sessions will be delivered by Marie-Claire Donnelly, Wellness Guide, Yoga Teacher and Meditation Guide. The next session is Friday 20th November at 9:30am and you can register to attend here.