Bookbug Training Courses

Scottish Book Trust offers free CPD courses to support professionals to make sure that stories, songs and rhymes are part of every baby and young child’s life.

Each course is evidence-informed and links to current national early years objectives and policies. Our training is a blend of practical activities, group discussions and up-to-date research and policy information, with a fun and relaxed approach.

Our courses are delivered by our Early Years Trainers. You can read their professional biographies here.


About our Bookbug Training Courses

Read about our training courses and click the highlighted links for more information on each course.

Running Bookbug Sessions for groups

Bookbug Session Leader: For professionals or volunteers who wish to run free 30-minute Bookbug Sessions (stories, song, and rhyme sessions) with groups of children under five and their parents or carers.

Top-up Bookbug Session Leader: For existing Bookbug Session Leaders to refresh their practice.


Bookbug for Outreach work with harder to reach families

Bookbug for the Home: For professionals or volunteers working one-to-one with families or small groups of families with children under five, and would benefit from extra support with song, rhyme and book sharing.

Top-Up Bookbug for the Home: For Bookbug for the Home practitioners to refresh their practice.

Bookbug for Foster Carers, Kinship Carers and Adoptive Parents: An adapted version of Bookbug for the Home for those who care for children who are looked after, in care or adopted.


Bookbug Bag Gifting Training

Gifting the Bookbug Baby and Toddler Bags: Awareness Sessions for health staff: For Health Visitors and other staff who gift the Bookbug Baby and Toddler Bags.

Bookbug Explorer Bag Training: Making the most of your gifting events. For staff of early years settings or libraries who would like to develop their Bookbug Explorer bag gifting events to engage parents and children.

Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag Training: For P1 teachers and librarians who gift the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bags during Book Week Scotland and would like to develop their gifting events to engage parents and children.


Supporting Literacy in the Early Years

Music and Early Literacy: For anyone who is working with children aged 1-2 years who would like to understand how music can support literacy.

Bringing Picture Books to Life: For anyone working with groups of children aged 3-5 years who would like to develop the way they read picture books aloud with them.


Introduction to Bookbug for Students

Introduction to Bookbug for Students: for classes of college or university students who are completing qualifications related to health visiting, midwifery, early education, childcare or speech and language therapy. The session is set up through the college or university lecturer.


How do I attend a Bookbug training course?

Individuals - fill out the form below and ask to be added to our alert list for the course you are interested in. You will then be emailed when a training course is available in your area. If you are not sure you are eligible for any of them, please drop us an email or give us a call.

Groups - if you have a number of people eligible for a particular training course we may be able to organise an in-house session. Fill out the form below to request an in-house session. Please see the individual course pages above for the number limitations.


Register interest in training

If you are interested in any of the Bookbug training courses, register your interest by filling out the following form. If you can't see the form, please email us your query.

All the Bookbug training, providing that you meet the eligibility criteria, is offered free of charge. Please check to make sure the course is relevant to your role. If you would like some further information, please contact us on 0131 542 0179 or