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Welcome back to all our Groups
We hope you have had a good Summer Break 

Staff Changes

SPELL would like to welcome Katie Campbell as our new Support Worker for the Hamilton, Blantyre, Bothwell & Uddingston, Cambuslang & Rutherglen areas Johanna Fallen has taken up the position of Play Tutor.  We wish them both well in their new positions at SPELL.

Please see our training programme below.  We are now taking bookings so please call Wendy on 01698 768944 to reserve your places.

SPELL Training Programme  

September 2016 - December 2016

SPELL's new training programme has now been released.  Courses are free of charge and can be booked by contacting Wendy on 01698 768944  or by email at spell.org@btopenworld.com.  A £10 booking deposit is required to secure a place on each course, this will be refunded on attendance at the course.

Courses on Offer:

Outdoor Learning

Wednesday 12th October 2016, 1pm - 3pm

Langlands Moss, East Kilbride

Anaphylaxis Awareness

Thursday 29th September 2016, 12.30pm - 3pm

The Village Centre, East Kilbride

Paediatric First Aid 

Thursday 27th October and Thursday 3rd November 2016, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Whitehill Neighbourhood Centre, Hamilton

Basic First Aid for Parents

Course 1: Saturday 8th October 2016, 10am - 2pm

The Village Centre, East Kilbride

Course 2: Saturday 19th November 2016, 10am - 2pm

Hillhouse & Earnock Community Centre

Elementary Food Hygiene

Monday 14th November 2016, 9.30am - 3pm

Whitehill Neighbourhood Centre, Hamilton

For more information about the courses on offer please click here.

SPELL will be running the courses listed below in 2017.  Information about these courses will be published and available to book from December 2016:

  • Child Protection
  • Introduction to Autism
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Basic First Aid for Parents

Kiwi Pre - School Playgroup Vacancy

Kiwi Pre - School Playgroup currently has a vacancy for a practitioner/manager.  This voluntary sector nursery is based in St Kenneth's Primary School in East Kilbride and is in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council.

Hours are a minimum of 20 per week term time and the hourly rate is £11.52. 

Please click here to view the full job advert.

The closing date for applications has been extended. To apply in the first instance, please contact Rebecca Hay before with your CV via email: travel2pud@hotmail.com or mobile: 07977611947

SPELL's SPRING NEWSLETTER has been published and each group should receive a couple of copies in the next few weeks from our Support Workers.

To view our newsletters, please click on the links below.

Baby & Toddler Newsletter 

Playgroup Newsletter

Ready Steady Baby! and Ready Steady Toddler!

The Ready Steady Baby initiative by NHS Scotland is a useful tool in helping you prepare for parenthood by taking you through the whole of your pregnancy – from the decision to start trying for a baby, antenatal care to advice on labour and birth. It also offers advice on maternity leave, benefits and provides you with tips for baby’s first year. Ready Steady Baby is now available as a smartphone app. For more information click on to the links section of our website and go to the Ready Steady Baby and Ready Steady Toddler websites.

Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC)

The new Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 brought with it a number of new legislative requirements including the implementation of GETTING IT RIGHT FOR EVERY CHILD (GIRFEC).  Partners across South Lanarkshire have been implementing GIRFEC since 2006 however from August 2016 there are a number of components that will become law.  The attached newsletter outlines what the new statutory duties are.  

GIRFEC Newsletter February 2016


Getting it right for every child, (GIRFEC) is a national policy and programme which is being implemented in Lanarkshire.  It was introduced by the Scottish Government and is relevant to every child in Scotland.

As children and young people progress on their journey through life some may have temporary difficulties, some may live with challenges and some may experience more complex issues.  Getting it right for every child ensures that ANYONE providing that support puts the child or young person - and their family - at the centre.

There is information and help available online including a leaflet for parents and carers.

GIRFEC Parents and Carers Information Leaflet 

GIRFEC in Lanarkshire

GIRFEC Scottish Government

Nutrition and Oral Health Training
Help and advice on health eating for childcare providers

This free on-line training programme is available to all childcare providers.  The learning programme complements the Nutrition and Oral Health Pack.  If your voluntary pre-five group does not have a copy of the pack please contact the SPELL office on 01698 768933.  For more information about the course please contact
Kirsten Lammie -
email: kirsten.lammie@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk or call 01698 377621.

Please click on the link below to view more information about the course:

Nutrition and Oral Health Training

Guidance Documents for Early Years Settings

These guidance documents have been produced to assist staff who work in early years settings such as playgroups and nurseries.  The documents also provide helpful information for parents and for volunteers who run baby and toddler groups.

Please click on the document name to download the guidance:


The latest edition of the Chat About Childcare newsletter can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Chat About Childcare - April 2016 Edition

The newsletter has lots of useful information for everyone who has an interest in childcare; whether you are a parent, childcare practitioner or childminder there is something for you.

If you would like to submit an article about your baby and toddler group or playgroup please get in touch with Wendy at SPELL on 01698 768944.


Spell continually look to improve our level of service and are therefore always keen to welcome individuals within the pre-five or voluntary sector to join our Board of Directors.  If you are interested in joining our team, please call the office on 01698 768933 or email us at spell.org@btopenworld.com

Information for Dads-to-be and Early Fatherhood

NHS Choices have a really useful guide on their website for Dads to be or those who are in early fatherhood.  To access the guide go on to the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk and search Dads-to-be and early fatherhood and click on the pregnancy and baby guide.

PVG Training

Several members of the SPELL team have completed the free Volunteer Scotland PVG online training and found it extremely useful and informative.  It is a live lecture done on your pc so you can ask the tutor questions and they will answer them for you.  If you have any queries or need training on the PVG Scheme, please click on the link below for details

Volunteer Scotland PVG Training

Stay Safe On-line

Have a look at the following links giving advice to parents and carers on Staying Safe On-line


Teaching Ideas


Common Sense Education

Respect Me

Scotland's First National Play Strategy

Play is pivotal to how children lean and a fundamental part of their quality of life.

This being enshrined in Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Scottish Government have published their very first National Play Strategy.

Click below to check it out.

                                                                              Scotland's First National Play Strategy

SPELL Play Activity Programme

SPELL's "Wild About Sunflowers" play session was a great success last year.  Children saw the different stages of a seed's growth and used the equipment provided to plant their own sunflower seed which they took home to grow.

We are now taking bookings for our "Wild About Sunflowers" activity.  If you would like to book, please call our office, email us or speak to your Support Worker.

If you do take part in the sunflower session, please measure the height of your sunflower and email it along with a picture of your sunflower to SPELL at spell.org@btopenworld.com  

Remember to include your child's name, age and the name of your group.  We will post your pictures on the SPELL website                                            and Facebook.


Farmyard Story & Songtime is a wonderful play activity where singing, storytelling and costumes are used to help children learn all about life on the farm. Children will get the chance to dress up in farm and woodland animal costumes, play fun games and discover the different types of animals that live in the Countryside.  The Play tutor can also adapt the activity to incorporate a particular season for example winter / spring on the farm.

Puppets and Storytelling

The Play Tutor uses puppets to tell magical stories that will capture the imagination of both children and adults.  The stories allow children to be involved in each activity and are encouraged to interact with the puppets during and after the session.  There are seven different themed sessions to choose from.

Booking a Play Session

All sessions are suitable for our Pre-five Groups.  All our Groups are entitled to one free play activity each year with the offer running from August through to June.

To book your free session please contact Wendy McPhillie on 01698 768944, speak to your Support Worker or email us at:


We are currently taking bookings up until June 2016. 


If you want to find out a bit more about being on a Committee of a voluntary group or what it can involve, please click here

If you would like to discuss any of the points further or someone for SPELL to come out to one of your meetings, please give us a call on 

01698 768933

We are assisted in our work with funding from:

Our office opening times are:

Monday to Friday 9.00am to 1.30pm

Term Time only

We are a registered charity in Scotland.  SCO27970

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Play Activity Evaluation Form

If your group has had a play activity please complete our evaluation form by clicking on the link below:

 Play Activity Evaluation Form

 Thank you.