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Children at our Early Learning Childcare Centre 

Updated: 31st March 2021

The Care and Learning Alliance (CALA) will operate a new early learning childcare service from our site at Inverness Campus from July 2021.

CALA plan to offer early learning and childcare from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, and throughout the holidays, subject to parental demand, from 3rd July.

They will also be offering 1140 funded hours for eligible 2-year-olds, 3 and 4 year-olds.

More information and to register an interest.

Planning for the new service is continuing and this website will be updated regularly. If you have any questions, please contact CALA by emailing info@childcare.co.uk or telephoning 01463 222 569.

Early Learning & Childcare Centre

The College will continue to run its own Early Learning & Childcare Centre, providing childcare up to the age of 5, at Inverness Campus until 30th June. For more information, email: icchildcare.centre.ic@uhi.ac.uk

“We learn first hand how to care for and engage positively with living creatures.” content Children feeding lamb

“We learn first hand how to care for and engage positively with living creatures.”

“We experiment with sound and noise in different ways.” content a wall of pans

“We experiment with sound and noise in different ways.”

“I am learning – how to use my senses, exploring volume, counting opportunities, changing forms, fine motor skills, developing & using language.” content child playing in sandpit

“I am learning – how to use my senses, exploring volume, counting opportunities, changing forms, fine motor skills, developing & using language.”

“We develop our gross motor skills & build our confidence to take risks in the natural environment which surrounds us.” content child leaping between stones

“We develop our gross motor skills & build our confidence to take risks in the natural environment which surrounds us.”

“We learn skills which enable us to grow into kind, considerate and caring individuals.” content child feeding doll

“We learn skills which enable us to grow into kind, considerate and caring individuals.”

“We can observe the living things in our environment. We learn to grow and take responsibility to care for these.” content garden

“We can observe the living things in our environment. We learn to grow and take responsibility to care for these.”

“We develop our literacy skills in innovative ways – exploring stories & characters, patterns and sounds, share our likes and dislikes, explore sounds, letters & words and explore interesting materials to write & record our ideas.” content play table

“We develop our literacy skills in innovative ways – exploring stories & characters, patterns and sounds, share our likes and dislikes, explore sounds, letters & words and explore interesting materials to write & record our ideas.”

“We make use of natural & real life objects to enhance our learning experiences.” content play farm

“We make use of natural & real life objects to enhance our learning experiences.”

“We celebrate various occasions and events in different ways throughout the year.” (World Book Day 2020) content Snow White and child

“We celebrate various occasions and events in different ways throughout the year.” (World Book Day 2020)

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What we're particularly proud of...

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Eco Schools Green Flag Award

Eco Schools Green Flag Award

Our Centre has been awarded the prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag Award by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful. The award recognises the centre’s work to become more environmentally friendly and improve education around climate change. Children have access to their own garden and private woodland play area at the Scottish School of Forestry and are encouraged to play outside and explore the environment. The Centre actively encourages ‘Loose Parts’ play and is slowly reducing the amount of plastic toys to allow children to be curious, creative and imaginative.

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'Excellent' - Care Inspectorate

'Excellent' - Care Inspectorate

In February 2019, the Centre was rated by the Care Inspectorate as ‘very good’ for its quality of care and support and ‘excellent’ for the quality of management and leadership, making it one of the best performing childcare centres in the Inverness area.The Care Inspectorate report found “all children were welcomed and warmly cared for” and staff were “excellent role models … knowledgeable, informed and worked to their strengths.”

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Scottish Nursery Management Today Awards

Scottish Nursery Management Today Awards

In September 2019, our Centre won the Staff Training and Development Award at the Scottish NMT Awards, with judges recognised the team News - Inverness College UHI Early Learning and Childcare Centre wins Scottish NMT Nursery Award- Inverness College UHI had the “best interests of the children” at its heart and were engaged and motivated to “learn, develop and consistently challenge themselves to strive for excellence.”