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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

Course objectives

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


Funded at no cost for participants

Online course format and length

11 hours, comprised of

In-person course format and 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.

The applications for the following training dates are now closed. You will be notified about the outcome of your application by October 14th.

In person training sessions

Online training sessions

Spring 2023 applications: for training courses taking place from January to March 2023

We will open for applications for Bookbug Session Leader training sessions taking place from January to March 2023 on Monday 31 October at 10am until Monday 14 November 2022 at 12pm.

The exact training dates are to be confirmed.

Check back on Monday 31 October for access to the application form and details of the training dates.

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

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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.