Below you will find some of Cattanach's top picks of resources we think might be useful to you. These resources cover a range of different topics, including more information on funding. We also indicate where you might go to get practical information on working with the early years, evaluation tips, the latest research on the early years and much more!
Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations have put together a Covid-19 support hub with many resources to help third sector organisations in these trying times. This includes a guide to the restrictions, how best to support employees working from home, a guide to offering digital services and where to find emergency coronavirus funding.
COVID-19 Peer Support Webinars
This is a very useful space provided by IVAR for charity leaders to support each other with the challenges of COVID-19 through 90-minute zoom sessions.
The Children’s Parliament is a great body in Scotland who represent the views of children across Scotland. With the younger ones, they have done some great research using creative activities and art.
What Works for Children's Social Care - Evidence Store
This resource is exceptionally useful for exploring different methods of intervention with children, and their effectiveness. Provided are reviews of studies on each intervention, and summaries of their outcomes, how effective they are, and the range of evidence available.
Jargon and Acronym Buster (Jab)
This is an excellent resource provided by the Scottish Social Services Council, aiming to clarify on the jargon sometimes used in social work. It provides definitions in plain English of acronyms often used in the world of social work, as well as relevant laws often referred to.
Wellbeing for Wee Ones
Parent Club have come up with an excellent guide for parents centred around supporting the emotional and social wellbeing of our wee ones. It gives top tips on a variety of wellbeing-related topics for babies and toddlers, as well as explaining why introducing wellbeing at an early age is so important.
An excellent set of videos and activity pages from the BBC. This is designed to help parents/carers with young children to improve their communication skills and better understand early development.
NCT (National Childbirth Trust)
Although based in England, this guide, produced by the Breastfeeding Network and NCT, has some excellent advice organisations supporting parents or parents-to-be during COVID-19. It provides practical tips on how to adapt services to restrictions in place and the general principles for delivering support.
Anna Freud Centre
This is a free online network for early years practitioners and provides an easy and accessible guide for those working with young children and their families. It includes an A-Z guide for practitioners on common difficulties associated with the early years.
Safer Activities and Events
As we transition out of lockdown and start to hold sessions in larger groups, this free online guide from the NSPCC provides help for safeguarding children in a larger group context.
9 Steps for Reaching Families Remotely
This resource was created through Dartington's Reaching Families Remotely, researched in the context of digital working and the pandemic. It gives 9 helpful steps for effective remote working with families, accounting for the complex needs of digital inclusion.
Sesame Street in Communities
Sesame Street has provided a highlighted useful set of videos, activities, and articles as resources to help those working with young children and their families. You can select the target age, time, and activity type to find the resource you need.