SPELL have recently ran three pilot Outdoor Toddler Groups in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire since. The response and feedback we have received from those who have taken part in these sessions has exceeded expectations and we are now looking to secure funding to run more of our 'Little Hedgehogs' groups and take them to other localities in South Lanarkshire.
As always, SPELL would like to thank groups for their continued support and as soon as we have any more information about Little Hedgehogs Outdoor Toddler Group we will let you know.
Free Early Learning and Childcare Hours Consultation
South Lanarkshire Council are seeking the views of parents and carers about the delivery of the Scottish Government's aim of 1140 hours of free childcare by August 2020.
We are urging all parents to provide South Lanarkshire Council with their views on this by completing the short survey attached.
All responses will be analysed and the outcomes from the consultation will be published in the Spring on 2017.
esday 25th Juary 2017
If your child is not receiving speech and language therpay but you would like some advice, please come and meet us on:
Wednesday 25th January 2017
Whitehill Neighbourhood Centre
9 Hunter Road, Hamilton, ML3 0LH
Speech & Language Telephone Advice Line
For parents who are unable to visit a drop-in clinic the Speech & Language department offer a telephone advice line. The advice line is available on any Thursday, from 2pm until 4pm.
Telephone Advice Line: 01236 794102
Please note this service is also open to professionals who are looking for advice on speech, language and communication.
For more information and to access the toolkits please click here.
SPELL Training Programme 2017
SPELL will be running the courses listed below in 2017. Information about these courses will be published and available to book from January 2017:
- Child Protection
- Introduction to Autism
- Paediatric First Aid
- Basic First Aid for Parents
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.
GETTING IT RIGHT FOR EVERY CHILD (GIRFEC)
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.
Help and advice on health eating for childcare providers
Kirsten Lammie - email: [email protected] 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:
- My World Outdoors - Sharing good practice in how early years services can provide play and learning wholly or partially outdoors - Care Inspectorate
- Setting the Table, Nutritional Guidance and Food Standards for Early Years Childcare Providers in Scotland - NHS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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 [email protected]
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.
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
Stay Safe On-line
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.
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 [email protected]
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 taking bookings up until June 2017.
WHAT IS A COMMITTEE
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