Entries for the Play Highland Award 2018 are open!

play highland

The Highland Council, in association with Play Highland, are offering an award of £1000 to the group, organisation or community that has done the most to promote Play.  The priority focus of this year’s Play Highland Improvement Plan is inclusive Play. Applications that promote how you have implemented inclusive Play are invited from all organisations who support children and young people.

2017 Winners were Roots and Shoots Highland CIC based in Kingussie.  Find more information about previous winners on the Play Highland website by clicking here.

For more infomation about the award and to download an application form, click below.

Play awards application form 2018

Our Creative Journey

Creative Journey

‘Our Creative Journey’, the latest guidance from the Care Inspectorate, is aimed at promoting good practice within the expressive arts in all types of ELC settings, to help all services aspire to be the best they can be and have the greatest impact on children’s lives.  The document can be found on our Expressive Arts page.




Technologies Training

Tech TrainingThis is a Highland Council CPD course for all practitioners working in Highland with children aged 0-5 years.

Taking account of Education Scotland’s recently published ‘Benchmarks – Technologies’ including refreshed outcomes and experiences, this session aims to give staff confidence in delivering Technologies in the early level – helping to allay any potential fears or misconceptions!

We will share ideas which offer children daily opportunities to engage with every day, technology-related items and extend their learning in line with national guidance, principles and practice. We will explore ways to provide interactive, age and stage appropriate opportunities to support interdisciplinary learning, including early maths, numeracy and problem solving.

Access the Highland Council CPD booking page here. 

World Nursery Rhyme Week – 13th-17th November 2017

Next week, Monday 13th November 2017 – Friday 17th November 2017, is: World Nursery Rhyme Week

Nursery Rhyme

When taking a developmental approach to emerging literacy, nursery rhymes are a great way of supporting the development of literacy, language and communication skills. Get your children involved next week with the FREE RESOURCES available from Music Bug.

CLICK HERE for World Nursery Rhyme Week Information and Registration

“Rhyme a Day Challenge” songs for 2017

  • Monday 13th November 2017: ‘Bobby Shafto’
  • Tuesday 14th November 2017: ‘Lavenders Blue’
  • Wednesday 15th November 2017: ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’
  • Thursday 16th November 2017: ‘Wind the Bobbin Up’
  • Friday 17th November 2017: ‘Old King Cole’


Bookbug Explorer Bag Training

ExplorerThe Bookbug Explorer Bag is gifted to every three-year-old in Scotland in their ante-preschool year.

Research shows us that the bags are most effective when parents and children are involved in the gifting process. This training session offers staff ideas on how to make best use of this resource.

The training includes a Bookbug Explorer Bag gifting handbook and an Explorer Bag for each setting to take away and use to prepare their gifting events.

Course Details

Course Length: 1 ½ hours. It can be delivered during in-service days or as a twilight session to ensure staff are able to attend.
Cost: Free
Delegate Numbers: 12 to 20 people

Click here for more information and booking details.