New Allergens E-Learning Module

The content of this module was provided by the Highland Council and developed in partnership for e-learning by Care and Learning Alliance.

The Highland Council recognises that all practitioners working with and for Highland’s children should have a strong awareness of food allergens and how these should be managed.

On completion of this e-module you will have:

  • An understanding of what a food allergy and intolerance are.
  • Developed an awareness of ingredients that can cause allergies.
  • Understanding of what allergy information is required on pre-packed food labels.
  • Considered the importance of engaging with parents to share information and simple strategies to support this.

This module is for:

  • Childminders
  • Early Learning and Childcare practitioners
  • Out of School Care practitioners
  • All practitioners and staff working with and for children under 12 years in regulated childcare services.


Access is online and can be accessed and completed in the timeframe to suit the individual.

Access to the module:

All practitioners wishing to access the course should contact Highland CPD on:

  • A link will then be provided to initiate joining.
  • In the link you will be required to identify if you have used CALA e-learning before.
  • For those that have you will be asked to provide us with your name and email address – the course will be added to your CALA e-learning account. You simply login as normal and the course will be in ‘MY COURSES’
  • For those that don’t have a CALA e-learning account – you will be asked to provide us with relevant information for us to set you up an account manually.
  • You will be provided access to the course on the first Friday after you request to join. You will receive confirmation that the course is now available for you via the email you provide for us.
  • After you have completed the course – you will be able to download your certificate.

Encourage and Support Early Years Skills for Additional Support Needs

The Psychological Service Home Visiting Teachers (PSHVT) have created a selection of advice sheets on a number of topics related to Additional Support Needs (ASN). The purpose of the EASEYS for ASN is to provide a variety of practical ideas and support strategies for staff working in Early Learning and Childcare Settings (ELC).  You can find more information and follow the Psychological Services blog here.

Advice sheets include topics such as self-regulation, communication with home, gathering a young child’s views, outdoor learning and play plus many more…

The Psychological Services Home Visiting team joined the most recent outdoor play and learning bitesize where they shared key messages to help support inclusive practice when playing and learning outdoors.  You can catch up with the recording of the session here.

ELC – P1 Transition at Raigmore Primary 2021

At Raigmore Primary School we pride ourselves on starting transition into Primary 1 as soon as the children start the last year in the ELC. 

During the first lockdown transition has not been the same but in no way has it been any less.  The infant staff excelled in ensuring that our new P1s did not miss out.  A transition google classroom was created and all children enroled in Raigmore were invited to join.  Opportunities were given to encourage independence and the sharing of photos was suggested. 

Our engagement from the families was fantastic and the Early Years  staff regularly met with the new P1s to ensure they got to know them.  When school started back in August, we had EYPs from our own ELC work in the P1 classrooms so as there was continuity and familiarity for our new P1s.  It was a great success. To find out more click here.

Cyber security webinar for childcare providers in Scotland

A short webinar on cyber security is available tomorrow 26 February 1 – 1.30 pm for anyone working in childcare in Scotland. It is run by the National Cyber Security Centre, and supported by the Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Care Inspectorate, as part of Cyber Scotland Week.

It will provide you with advice and steps you can take to minimise the likelihood and impact of a cyber attack on your setting, as well as information about where to get help and advice if you need it.

You can register for the event here.

The session will be interactive, but will also be recorded and made available for a period of time for reference.