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Bookbug Session Leader Training

Find 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

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


Funded at no cost for participants



11 hours, comprised of


9 hours, comprised of

COVID-19 restrictions and precautions

Eligiblity and how to apply

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

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 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.

What are we looking for in your application?

Your application will be judged on:

Upcoming training application periods

Applications are currently closed.

Training dates for April to June training will be posted, and applications will open, at midday on Monday 6 February 2023. Applicants will have until midday Monday 20 February 2023 to submit their application.

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Apply for in person training sessions

Apply for online training sessions

Accessing online training sessions

Technical requirements

What to expect

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.