Little Hedgehogs Outdoor Toddler Group

Following the success of our Little Hedgehogs Outdoor Toddler Group, we are delighted to announce new dates for the next session.  If you would like to book a space at one of the groups please email Vicky at to request a booking form stating which sessions it is you are interested in.

1140 Hours - Information for Families Leaflet

Families can currently get up to 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare hours per year.  In August 2020 the Scottish Government is increasing this to 1140 hours per year.  To see the information leaflet they have produced for families, please click here.

 SPELL's New Training Programme Autumn 2018

SPELL's new training programme will be released in August 2018.  Information about all the courses on offer will be posted on our Facebook page and on our website. 

The training programme is open to all parents, committee members, volunteers and childcare staff who work within 

baby & toddler groups and playgroups within South Lanarkshire.

Early Learning and Childcare Support Workers Trainee Opportunity

This opportunity is for Lone parents who are currently on benefits and interested in returning to work. Trainees will undertake a work place experience  in a local nursery for 20 hours per week at the rate of £7.83 per hour for a period of 6 months.   During this time trainees will work as part of a team,  building confidence and developing skills and knowledge around play and development within an early years setting.  Trainees will be supported by an education training coordination officer and will be allocated a mentor within their work place.  Please note that trainees will not gain a qualification as part of this programme.

Please click on the links below for the information leaflets on this trainee opportunity:

Leaflet 1

Leaflet 2

For more information please contact the Early Learning and Childcare Team on 0303 123 1023 or 


    Speech & Language Therapy

Drop-in clinic

If your child is not receiving speech and language therpay but you would like some advice, please come along to one of your local Parent  Drop-in Clinics, you do not need to bring your child with you.  Please see below for a list of the current clinics:

For all parents in the Cambuslang and Rutherglen area:

Thursday 28th  June 2018, 1pm - 3pm
Rutherglen Library, 163 Main Street, Rutherglen, G73 2HB

Thursday 26th July 2018, 10am - 12pm
Cambuslang Library, 27 Main Street, Cambuslang, G72 7EX

Monday 20th August 2018, 10am - 12pm
Westburn Nursery Centre, Cambuslang

Wednesday 19th September 2018, 1pm - 3pm
Glenburgh Nursery, Rutherglen

Monday 29th October 2018, 10am - 12pm
Cathkin Community Nursery, Rutherglen

Tuesday 27th November 2018, 1pm - 3pm
Cambuslang Library

Thursday 20th December 2018, 10am - 12pm
Rutherglen Library


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.

Making Play Inclusive

Sense have developed two play kits; one for early years play settings and their staff and one for parents.  The toolkits have been created to help childcare practitioners and families provide fun and inclusive play opportunities for children with multiple needs.

For more information and to access the toolkits please click here.


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: 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:

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 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

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