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Bookbug Session Leader Training

We are currently closed for applications for Bookbug Session Leader training. Find the course details and information on application dates below.

Bookbug Session Leader training is for those who plan to deliver Bookbug Sessions (free song, rhyme and book sessions) in libraries or other community venues with groups of children (0-5 years) with their mums, dads or carers.

Our interactive training is a balance of practical exercises and researched-based theory about book sharing, music and child development.

Although delegates will participate in songs and rhymes in the group, delegates will not be asked to sing on their own.

Please note: if you are working to support individual families, Bookbug for the Home training might be more relevant to you.

Course details

Course objectives

The course will offer arrange of learning opportunities for delegates to:

Format & length

10 hours, comprised of


Funded at no cost for participants

How to apply for Bookbug Session Leader training

Due to high demand, places on Bookbug Session Leader training are awarded through an application process.

Who can apply?

Applicants must:

What are we looking for in your application?

Your application will be judged on:

Open for Applications

The online application form must be completed in one attempt so it is strongly recommended that the applicant prepares answers to all the questions before attempting to complete the online application form. You can download a copy of the questions below.(this will open in a new window)

This application should only be completed by the prospective delegate. If you awarded a place on a training course, this is not transferable to another member of staff - it is for the named person only.

Upcoming application periods in 2022

Summer applications: For training courses taking place in May & June 2022

The exact training dates are to be confirmed. We will be open for applications on Monday 7 March 2022 until 10am until Monday 21 March 2022 at 9am.

Past Training

Round 4: For training courses taking place in March & April 2022

Training dates:

We are now closed for applications for the above dates. If you have submitted an application, you will hear the result by Monday 21 February 2022.

Round 3: For training courses taking place in January & February 2022

Training dates:

We are now closed for applications for the above dates. If you have submitted an application, you will hear the result by 14 December 2021.

Accessing the online training session

Technical requirements

To attend this session you will need -

What to expect at an online training session

In our online training course, you need to have a device that connects to the internet with working audio, camera and microphone. The trainer and other delegates will be able to see you and speak with you directly and you will be able to directly participate. All attendees must be registered individually on the training course and participate on their on their own individual device. The number of people attending is limited to a maximum of 12 people.

More training and information

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If you have any questions or you need additional support with the application process, please contact the Bookbug team at bookbugtraining@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window) or 0131 524 0179.