New Out to Play addition – Caring for our Outdoor Spaces

Welcome to ‘Caring for our Outdoor Spaces’, a new resource that has been developed by practitioners in response to feedback from the sector. It complements the current ‘Out to Play’ series that aims to support ELC and School Age Childcare practitioners to provide high quality outdoor play experiences for children.
This new chapter focusses on supporting practitioners to create safe, nurturing and inspiring outdoor learning experiences which help foster a true love of the outdoors in our young people that stays with them for a lifetime.  In so doing, the guidance assists practitioners to embed Learning for Sustainability in everyday play and learning. Through the guidance we consider ways to reduce the impact on biodiversity as a result of increasing children’s time outdoors when in ELC or school age childcare and we promote children’s exploration of the natural world.

Supporting potty learning in early years settings, and an introduction to the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019

Join the Care Inspectorate to discover the role that ELC providers can play in empowering and supporting parents with the best advice so that they can effectively potty train their children and avoid problems.

The webinar will also provide the opportunity to find out more about the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019 and what it means for ELC services.

They will be joined by Juliette Rayner, Chief Executive of ERIC, The Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity. 

Marie McKerry, Chief Nurse at the Care Inspectorate, will cover what the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019 means for ELC services.

The webinar will take place:

Wed 8th November

6 – 7.30pm

To register please follow this link.

Learning through Landscapes Local School Nature Grants

What do bird boxes, bee hotels, and nature experts all have in common? They’re all available for free as part of our Local School Nature Grants programme, supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Open to schools and early years settings in England, Scotland, and Wales, this outdoor learning grant fund has two elements – £500 of outdoor equipment chosen from a catalogue of over 100 items, and an outdoor learning training course for your staff.

Learn more about the grants below or head straight to the application portal. Local School Nature Grants – Learning through Landscapes (

Cùrsa SVQ3: Clann is Òigridh / Children and Young People

A Chàirdean Còire,

Tha mi a’ cur fiosrachadh thugaibh mu chùrsa SVQ3 ann an Clann is Òigridh a tha sinn a’ ruith a bhiodh freagarrach do luchd-taic sgoile agus luchd-obrach nan tràth bhliadhnaichean ann am foghlam tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig.  ’S ann air astar a tha an cùrsa air a ruith agus lorgaidh sibh fiosrachadh mu dheidhinn gu h-ìosail.  Feuch gun cuir sibh fios thugainn ma bhios ceistean sam bith agaibh.

Please see the following information about the SVQ3 in Children and Young People that would be suitable for pupil support assistants and early years staff working in Gaelic medium education.  The course is delivered via distance learning and more information can be found below.   Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Taing mhòr.

Leis gach deagh dhùrachd / Kind regards,


Anna Thirkell

Òraidiche (Foghlam Thidsearan) / Lecturer (Teacher Education)

Stiùiriche MEd ann am Foghlam Gàidhlig / Programme Leader MEd in Gaelic Education

Làithean obrach: Dimàirt gu Diardaoin  / Work days: Tuesday to Thursday

Tha Sabhal Mòr Ostaig na chompanaidh earranta clàraichte ann an Alba, àireamh SC361752. Oifis chlàraichte: Colaiste Ghàidhlig na h-Alba, An Teanga, Slèite, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach, IV44 8RQ. Àireamh Carthannas Albannach Clàraichte: SC002578. Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland 361752 and is also a registered charity, number SC002578.

Change Makers Programme

Are you a PT/DHT/HT or manager/senior leader in ELC in Highland? If so, the Change Makers Programme is a great opportunity for you to develop how you approach leading change that builds better improvement and outcomes for your learners, colleagues and community.

For further details including how to sign up please click on this link: Change Makers Flyer