Price £1100 up to 20 attendees, £1200 up to 25. £1300 up to 30 plus travel costs and accommodation (as required).
Delivery Type Face to face
Training Provider Care and Learning Alliance (CALA)

Play and Learning for Practitioners

This two-day course provides a sound foundation through a wide range of practical learning experiences linked to national guidance and theory:  ideal for new practitioners or those seeking a refresher or inspiration.


Course Outline

An introduction to child development and health, meeting children's changing needs. Take an overview of the key areas and principles of Curriculum for Excellence.


Explore the value of active learning, developmental milestones, and related current national guidance.


Consider the principle factors affecting children's development, the potential impact, implications for practice and support.


Gain an understanding of the value of play, types of play and stages of play development and how to provide for these.


Explore interactions which support high quality play and learning.


Consider indoor and outdoor environments and experiences in ELC including layout, resources and reasonable risk in play.


Practical workshops focus on providing engaging play and learning are included over the two days. These will help to inspire you and put theory into practice!

These include: Paint; Dough and Clay; Music and Movement; Physical and Energetic Play; Drama, Puppets and Role Play. Please refer to our website for client’s testimonials on the impact from our Learning and Development sessions.

Training Provider Overview

Care and Learning Alliance, known as CALA have over 25 years’ experience of developing and delivering training and quality assurance as the largest third sector childcare organisation in Highland and Moray. Our course content and delivery include interactive and collaborative strategies to meet all learning styles. All CALA course contribute to Continuous Professional Development and participation certificates are provided.

We have a comprehensive suite of 2 day, full or half day courses to choose from.

Through discussion, we can also create bespoke learning and development days or packages to meet your needs – whether face-to-face or via e-learning.

CALA employs a small team of experienced trainers who work closely with members, providers and local authority colleagues and input to a range of local and national working groups to bring current and relevant learning and development opportunities for ELC practitioners and others working with and for children and families. (E.g. out of school care staff, children’s services workers, childminders, volunteers, parents/carers, health visitors, teachers, youth workers, foster carers.)

A key aim of our work is to increase learner’s knowledge, confidence and engagement in reflective practice to support high-quality provision for children and families and continuous improvement.


Training Provider Contact Details

Provider Name: Care and Learning Alliance (CALA)

Telephone: 01463 22569



Quality Assurance

CALA have developed and established termly Quality Assurance across our organisation through robust and systematic monitoring and self-evaluation, which is overseen by key members from the Senior Management Team and the Improvement Coordinator.

CALA Training Quality Assurance methods ensure:

  1. All training materials and course content meet appropriate standards
  2. Monitoring of all training delivery and training environments meet appropriate standards
  3. The effectiveness of training is monitored, evaluated and client information used to influence in the planning of training and improvement.