Price Free
Delivery Type Online
Training Provider Care and Learning Alliance (CALA)

Smart Start

The Smart Start Programme has been carefully developed to equip all Early Learning and Childcare practitioners and parents with ideas, tools and templates to support this key aspect of children’s development and learning.


The programme has been split into two packs:


– Pack A = for practitioners working in Early Learning and Childcare Centres with 3-5-year olds


– Pack B = for practitioners/parents working in community or home environments with children 0-5 years


Healthy eating, physical activity, and the self-awareness to begin making the best choices for ourselves are core components of every child’s development. The Smart Start programme supports these through ideas and resources you can link to children’s interests and develop into relevant, interactive play and learning experiences. Smart Start also addresses many of the key experiences and outcomes outlined in Curriculum for Excellence.


Smart Start forms an essential part of the health improvement across the whole life course, from pre-conception into older age: we strive to provide consistent and cumulative opportunities for good health.


This module accompanies How We Eat which supports childcare staff and parents/carers to encourage children to become competent eaters. The How We Eat module is free to all and can be accessed through the ‘our courses’ page.


Throughout the module you will have opportunity to download key documents and any notes you make to refer to as you wish. On completion of the module you will be issued with a certificate for you Continuous Professional

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.