Bookbug Training Courses

All Bookbug training is provided free of charge, but we do ask that you check check the eligibility criteria to make sure the course is relevant to your role. If you are unsure or would like some further information please contact bookbug@scottishbooktrust.com.

Bookbug for the Home Training

Bookbug for Foster Carers, Kinship Carers and Adoptive Parents

Bookbug Session Leader Training

Bookbug Session Leader Top-up Training

Bringing Picture Books to Life

Music and Early Literacy

Gifting the Bookbug Bags: awareness sessions for health staff

Bookbug Explorer Bag Training

Bookbug for Health Visitor Students

Bookbug for Midwife Students

Bookbug for Early Education and Childcare Students

 

Bookbug for the Home Training

Who’s eligible: Professionals and volunteers working with families on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. Suitable for members of health visiting teams, family support workers, early years social workers, speech and language therapists and other outreach workers.
Course duration: Two sessions (attendance required at both)
Session one: 3 hours
Session two: 2 months later, 1 ½ hours
About the training: This training provides early years professionals and volunteers with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to confidently deliver mini Bookbug Sessions and practical activities to encourage bonding and interaction in the homes of families and/or signpost families onto appropriate services and resources in their community. The first session provides the trainee with all of the knowledge and tools they will need to try their first Bookbug Session in a family’s home or in a small group. The second allows trainees to share their experiences of using their training and gain advice from their trainer.

To read the full evaluation report on Bookbug for the Home please click here.

 

Bookbug for Foster Carers, Kinship Carers and Adoptive Parents

We provide an adapted version of Bookbug for the Home training for Foster Carers, Kinship Carers and adoptive parents of young children. Please get in touch for more information and set up a training session.

 


Bookbug Session Leader Training

Who’s eligible: Bookbug Session Leader training is only for those who are running or planning to run FREE public Bookbug Sessions (story, song & rhyme sessions) in libraries or other community venues, with children AND parents present.

Course duration: 1 full day (6 hours, including lunch break)
About the training: Interactive, activity based and lots of fun, this course provides trainees with a wealth of information covering relevant book sharing, musical and child development topics. By the end of this course trainees should have gained the ability to be a confident and effective Bookbug Session Leader.

 

Bookbug Session Leader Top-up Training

Who’s eligible: Bookbug Session Leaders who have already taken part in Bookbug Session Leader training, delivered either through Scottish Book Trust or by a locally trained professional.
Course duration: 2 ½ hours
About the training: Bookbug Session Leader Top-up Training is designed to help leaders continue to improve their Bookbug Sessions, increase parent and child participation and encourage a welcoming atmosphere where everyone can participate. This is also an opportunity for delegates to share their ideas and best practice with leaders from other local areas.

 

Bringing Picture Books to Life 

Who’s eligible: Anyone working with children aged 3-5 years who would like to develop the way they read aloud with children.
Course duration: 3 hours
About the training: This training session combines practical activities with best-practice academic research to support practitioners to bring picture books to life.

This training used to be known as Bookbug Story Time Training

 

Music and Early Literacy: Using music to support literacy in 1-2 year olds

Who’s eligible: Anyone working with children aged 1-2 years who would like to develop the way they use music with children.
Course duration: 2 hours
About the training: Babies and children love music. Music is a useful form of self-expression which can inspire participation, interaction and movement while also supporting the development of literacy skills. In this session, delegates will explore the theory and evidence behind the importance of using music with 1-2 year olds and also practical and easy ways to provide music and music making experiences at nursery or in the home.

 


Gifting the Bookbug Bags: awareness sessions for health staff

Who’s eligible: All members of health visiting teams and others who gift Bookbug Baby Bags and Bookbug Toddler Bags.
Course duration: 1 hour
About the training: Health staff are integral to the successful delivery of the Bookbug programme, and this session has been designed to support and enthuse them in their bag gifting role. 
Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years programme Bookbug provides free, high quality, books and resources for every baby, toddler, three and five-year-old in Scotland. This session explores the contents of the Bookbug bags in-depth and discusses how they support bonding and attachment, language and literacy development and overall good health.

 


Bookbug Explorer Bag Training: Making the most of your gifting events

Who’s eligible? Staff from Nurseries, Early Years settings and Libraries that give out Explorer Bags to three year olds
Course duration:  This training is 1 ½ hours long and can be delivered during in-service days or during twilight hours to ensure all staff are able to attend.
About the training: The Bookbug Explorer Bag (formerly Bookbug Pirate Bag) is gifted to every three-year-old in Scotland in their ante preschool year. The free Explorer Bag is packed with books, music, drawing materials and other resources to encourage parent and child interaction. Research shows us that the bags are most effective when parents and children are involved in the gifting process. This training session offers staff ideas on how to make best use of this resource.

This training used to be known as Bookbug Pirate CPD Training. if you have already attended Bookbug Pirate CPD training there is no need to attend Explorer training as the content isn’t significantly different.

 

Health Visitor Student Training: Supporting attachment and literacy with the Bookbug Bags

Who’s eligible? This course is aimed at students completing a health visiting qualification. This training course takes place in a college or university. If you are a student, please ask your lecturer to get in touch to arrange session for your class.
Course duration
: 2 hours
About the training: Bookbug Bags are universally gifted to babies, toddlers, 3 and 5 year olds across Scotland. The bags contain books, a CD of songs and rhymes and other resources to support families to share books, talk, sing and read together from birth. Health Visitors give parents and children their Bookbug Baby and Toddler bags. Scottish Book Trust works with NHS boards to provide CPD to support health visitors with this process and discuss ways in which the Bookbug bags support attachment and children’s overall learning and development. Bookbug bags are now mentioned in the updated Universal Health Visiting Pathway in Scotland - Pre Birth to Pre School. By including Bookbug in the Pathway, it reinforces the importance of gifting the bags to parents and carers and for talking to them about the benefits of sharing books with babies and children. This session is aimed specifically at Health Visitor students to ensure that all health visitors feel confident and knowledgeable to gift these bags with key messages to support families.

 

Bookbug for Student Midwives:  Supporting bonding and attachment, and literacy with stories, songs and rhymes

Who’s eligible? This course is aimed at students completing a midwifery qualification. This training course takes place in a college or university. If you are a student, please ask your lecturer to get in touch to arrange session for your class.
Course duration
: 2 hours
About the training:  There is a strong evidence base that supports multiple benefits of sharing stories, songs and rhymes before the birth of the baby . This course will look at the role of the midwife in promoting this to new parents and parents to be to help support the development of secure attachment and children’s overall learning and development both pre and post-natal.  This course will link to the Bookbug Programme which is a national programme delivered and supported by all 32 local authorities and NHS Health Boards across Scotland. 

 

Bookbug for Early Education and Childcare Students: Supporting children with stories, songs and rhymes

Who’s eligible? This course is aimed at students completing all levels of early years qualifications. This training course takes place in a college or university. If you are a student, please ask your lecturer to get in touch to arrange session for your class.
Course duration: 2 hours
About the training: This interactive training session will introduce students to the Bookbug Programme including the background information on how Bookbug links to national policy and objectives while also considering the benefits of songs and rhymes and stories.


If you have any questions about any of these training options please get in touch with bookbug@scottishbooktrust.com or 0131 541 2342.