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Bookbug Training

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.

All Bookbug training is funded and offered at no cost to the delegate. Please check you meet the eligibility criteria before applying or registering for a course.

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Bookbug Session Leader

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. We offer training for new Bookbug Session Leaders through an application process as well as online refresher courses. Follow the relevant link below for more information and how to apply.

New to Bookbug Session Leader training

Refresh your Bookbug Session Leader training

Bookbug for the Home

This online training is for practitioners and volunteers working in the community to support individual families. The training will enable them to enhance their family support work with songs, rhymes and stories. We offer training for new Bookbug for the Home practitioners through an application process as well as refresher courses.

New to Bookbug for the Home training

Refresh your Bookbug for the Home training

Ready, Steady, Sing

This two-hour, in-person workshop is for Bookbug Session Leaders and Bookbug for the Home practitioners who want to boost their confidence leading singing. Applicants must have already completed Bookbug Session Leader or Bookbug for the Home training.

(this will open in a new window)Find a Ready, Steady, Sing session

Bookbug Training Webinars

See below for a list of upcoming Bookbug training webinars, funded by Scottish Book Trust.

For our new early years webinar series, check out the Early Years webinars page(this will open in a new window).

Upcoming Bookbug Training Webinars

Support for Gaelic Bookbug Session Leaders

Wednesday 10 May 2023, 4pm tp 5pm

Join Lindsay Finnie – our Gaelic-speaking Early Years Trainer and experienced Gaelic Bookbug Session Leader – for this interactive twilight session. This Bookbug training webinar will be delivered in Gaelic and English, and is accessible to learners of Gaelic as well as fluent speakers.

This session will offer anyone involved in the delivery of Gaelic Bookbug Sessions an opportunity to connect with others across Scotland and find out about recent updates to the Bookbug programme. We’ll explore ways to incorporate useful, everyday Gaelic in Sessions and communicate the key benefits of sharing songs, rhymes and stories with families. We’ll share a new Gaelic Session Plan as well as other resources currently available to support Gaelic Session Leaders.

Taic do Luchd-stiùiridh Seiseanan Bookbug Gàidhlig

Diciadain 10mh Cèitean 2023 4-5f

Thigibh còmhla ri Lindsay Finnie – an Neach-trèanaidh Tràth-bhliadhnaichean Gàidhlig againn aig a bheil eòlas farsaing mar Stiùiriche Seisean Bookbug fad bhliadhnaichean – airson an seisean eadar-ghnìomhach seo. Thèid an webinar a lìbhrigeadh sa Bheurla agus Gàidhlig, ‘s bidh e fosgailte do luchd-ionnsachaidh na Gàidhlig a bharrachd air fileantaich.

Bheir an seisean seo cothrom do dhuine sam bith a tha a’ lìbhrigeadh Seiseanan Bookbug Gàidhlig ceangal a dhèanamh ri daoine eile bho air feadh Alba gus fiosrachadh fhaighinn mu na leasachaidhean as ùire air a’ phrògram Bookbug. Ni sinn sgrùdadh air mar a ghabhas Gàidhlig fheumail, làitheil a chleachdadh anns na Seiseanan, agus gheibhear fiosrachadh mu na prìomh bhuannachdan a tha an cois a bhith a’ roinn òrain, rannan agus sgeulachdan le teaghlaichean. Bheir sinn seachad Plana Seisean Gàidhlig ùr agus togaidh sinn aire mu na goireasan eile a tha rim faighinn an-dràsta gus taic a thoirt do Cheannardan Seiseanan Gàidhlig.

(this will open in a new window)Register for the Support for Gaelic Session Leaders webinar

Gifting the Baby and Toddler Bags webinar

Thursday 1 June 2023, 10am to 11am

This webinar will support members of health visiting teams to have the greatest impact when gifting Bookbug bags to families. It covers the contents of the new Baby and Toddler Bookbug bags, and explores suggestions for effective gifting and sharing the key messages.

Note: This webinar will take place on Microsoft Teams.

(this will open in a new window)Register for the Baby and Toddler Bag Gifting webinar


If you need additional support to access our training webinars, please get in touch to discuss how we may support you: bookbugtraining@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window) or phone 0131 524 0179.

Bookbug training webinars on demand

Recordings of some of our previous Bookbug training webinars are available to watch now on demand – including our annual Gifting the Bookbug Baby and Toddler Bags webinar and Gifting the Bookbug Explorer Bag webinar.

Watch previous Bookbug training webinars

Shared practice events

If you work with Bookbug, join us at a Bookbug shared practice event. These events are an opportunity for local practitioners using Bookbug to come together to share ideas and good practice and to make connections.

Find a shared practice event

Contact us

For more information please contact us at bookbugtraining@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window) or 0131 524 0179.