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Bookbug Session Leader Training

We are currently closed for applications. Find the course details, information on application dates and how to apply 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.

If you have already attended Bookbug Session Leader training, and are looking for a refresher, please register for Bookbug Session Leader Refresher training.

We are currently offering both in-person and online Bookbug Session Leader Training Courses.

Course details

Course objectives

The course will offer a range of learning opportunities for delegates to:

Cost

Funded at no cost for participants

Online course format & length

11 hours, comprised of

In-person course format & length

9 hours, comprised of

As COVID-19 restrictions and legal requirements change, we will continue to follow good practice guidance and take health and safety precautions during our in-person training sessions. The precautions will be aligned with the most recent Scottish Government guidance, and information provided by the training venues.

Our current precautions for in-person training sessions are as follows -

These sessions are subject to change or cancellation if COVID-19 restrictions change, but this will be communicated in advance.

If you feel like you would not be comfortable attending an in-person training session even with the above precautions, please only select our online Bookbug Session Leader training session dates as part of your application.

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:

Application form

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 are awarded a place on a training course, this is not transferable to another member of staff - it is for the named person only.

Upcoming training application periods

The dates for the next round of applications will be advertised here as soon as they are confirmed.

Early Autumn applications: For training courses taking place from August to September 2022

We will open for applications for Bookbug Session Leader training sessions taking place in August and September 2022 on Monday 4 July at 10am until Monday 18 July 2022 at 12pm.

The exact training dates are to be confirmed.

Check back on Monday 4 July for access to the application form and details of the training dates.

Late Autumn applications: For training courses taking place from October to December 2022

We will open for applications for Bookbug Session Leader training sessions taking place from October to December 2022 on Monday 15 August at 10am until Monday 29 August 2022 at 12pm.

The exact training dates are to be confirmed.

Check back on Monday 15 August for access to the application form and details of the training dates.

Past training application periods

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

In-person training sessions
Online training sessions

We are now closed for applications for the above dates. If you have submitted an application, you will hear the result by Friday 29 April 2022 at the latest.

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 participate directly. All attendees must be registered individually on the training course and participate on their own individual devices. The number of people attending is limited to a maximum of 12 people.

More training and information

Sign up for our regular Working with Bookbug(this will open in a new window) newsletter to be notified when the next round of applications are open or view the rest of our Bookbug training courses.(this will open in a new window)

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.