Bookbug Session Leader Training
Bookbug Session Leader training is for staff and volunteers who want to deliver Bookbug Sessions (free song, rhyme and book sessions) in libraries or other community venues with groups of families.
Bookbug Session Leader training covers a wide range of topics, including book sharing, music and child development. The training is very interactive and includes lots of practical activities underpinned by research.
Please note that although delegates will participate in songs and rhymes in the group, delegates will not be asked to sing on their own.
Course aims and objectives
This course will:
- Enable practitioners to be able to plan and confidently lead an effective Bookbug Session
- Explain how stories, songs and rhymes support children’s overall development, family bonding and interaction and why this is important
- Introduce a range of different activities that can be included in a Bookbug Session
- Boost practitioners' skills to effectively engage families with props and puppets
- Boost practitioners' knowledge of songs and rhymes
- Enable practitioners to select appropriate books for Bookbug Sessions, and understand how to effectively include them in the session no matter how many families attend
- Explain how to choose musical activities for very young children and their parents
- Show how to care for and use the voice
Course Length: 6 hours (including lunch break)
Delegate Numbers: 20 people
Training is also available for those who wish to run Gaelic language Bookbug Sessions.
- Be affiliated with an organisation, either as a staff member or volunteer.
- Plan to deliver Bookbug Sessions in libraries, or other publicly accessible community venues.
- Plan to deliver Bookbug Sessions to groups of families with children from birth to four years old (not just to children by themselves).
- Act in accordance with core Bookbug Values: universal, inclusive, respectful of rights and evidence-informed.
There are three key rules to bear in mind when planning and delivering sessions:
- Bookbug Sessions should only be run by those who have received Bookbug Session Leader training and for the purpose of promoting books, reading, singing and cuddling.
- The Bookbug brand should never be used to promote religious, political or commercial groups or ideas
- Bookbug Session cannot be charged for, or held in places which are only accessible by parents paying a fee. You cannot request or recommend that families make a donation to attend a group where a Bookbug Session is taking place. For information about why this is important please read our statement.
Applying for Bookbug Session Leader Training
Bookbug Session Leader training is our most popular course. The funding for this particular course means we are only able to run a limited number of training sessions each year, so we use an application process to make sure that we allocate spaces fairly and effectively. It is not possible to organise an in-house training session for Bookbug Session Leader Training.
The online application must be completed in one attempt so it is strongly recommended that you prepare your answers to all the questions(this will open in a new window) before completing the online application.
- We are currently closed for applications for Bookbug Session Leader Training taking place during autumn 2019. Applicants will find out if they have been allocated a place by Friday 20 September 2019.
- Monday 4 November 2019 at 12pm - We will open for applications for Bookbug Session Leader Training taking place in January to March 2020
- Friday 22 November 2019 at 5pm - We will close for applications.
You can also sign up to our regular Working with Bookbug(this will open in a new window) newsletter to be notified when applications are open, or view the rest of our Bookbug training courses.
Bookbug Session Leader Training Sessions are funded by the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative through Creative Scotland.