Full list of Bookbug training courses

Scottish Book Trust offers funded training courses to support early years professionals and volunteers to make sure that stories, songs and rhymes are part of every baby and young child’s life.

A group of adults taking part in a Bookbug training session

Our highly rated training is a blend of practical activities, group discussions and up-to-date research and policy information, with a fun and relaxed approach.

About our Bookbug training courses

Read about our training courses and click the highlighted links for more information on each course.

All the Bookbug training, providing that you meet the eligibility criteria, is funded and offered at no cost to the delegate. Please check to make sure the course is relevant to your role and that you meet the eligibility criteria before registering for a course. If you would like further information, please contact us on 0131 524 0179 or bookbug@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window)

Bookbug for outreach work with families

Bookbug for the Home: For professionals or volunteers working one-to-one or in small groups with families who would benefit from extra support with song, rhyme and book sharing. Click the course name for more information and upcoming training dates.

Refresher training: Bookbug for the Home: For Bookbug for the Home Practitioners who want to further develop the skills and knowledge. Click the course name for more information and upcoming training dates.

Bookbug for Foster Carers, Kinship Carers and Adoptive Parents: An adapted version of Bookbug for the Home for those who care for children who are looked after, in care or adopted. Click the course name for more information.

Bookbug Bag gifting training

Gifting the Bookbug Baby and Toddler Bags (awareness sessions for health staff): For Health Visitors and other staff who gift the Bookbug Baby and Toddler Bags. Click the course name for more information.

Bookbug Explorer Bag Training (making the most of your gifting events): For staff in early years settings or libraries who would like to develop their Bookbug Explorer bag gifting events to engage parents and children. Click the course name for more information and upcoming training dates.

Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag Training: For P1 teachers and librarians who gift the Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bags during Book Week Scotland and would like to develop their gifting events to engage parents and children. Click the course name for information and upcoming training dates.

Supporting literacy in the early years

Music and Early Literacy: Using musical activities to support language and literacy development. For anyone who is working with children aged 0-5 years who would like to understand how music supports literacy. Click the course name for more information and upcoming training dates.

Bringing Picture Books to Life: For anyone working with groups of children aged 3-5 years who would like to develop the way they read picture books aloud with them. Click the course name for more information and and upcoming training dates.

Running Bookbug Sessions for groups

Bookbug Session Leader: For professionals or volunteers who wish to run free 30-minute Bookbug Sessions (stories, song, and rhyme sessions) with groups of children under five and their parents or carers. A version of this training is available for those who wish to run Bookbug Sessions in Gaelic. Click the course name for more information on how to apply.

Refresher training: Bookbug Session Leader: For existing Bookbug Session Leaders who want to continue to improve their Bookbug Sessions, increase parent and child participation and encourage a welcoming atmosphere where everyone can participate. Click the course name for more information.

Introduction to Bookbug for students

Introduction to Bookbug for Students: for classes of college or university students who are completing qualifications related to health visiting, midwifery, early education, childcare or speech and language therapy. The session is set up through the college or university lecturer. Click the course name for more information.

Applying for a Bookbug training course

Click the course names above to view our upcoming training sessions and apply for a place! Anyone who meets our eligibility criteria for the course is welcome to apply for any of these training sessions.

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Please note, in order to make best use of our funding, we are only able to offer a very limited number of in-house training sessions for specific groups of professionals, in certain geographical locations. We would strongly encourage organisations who would like their staff to be trained to apply for places in one of our open training sessions.