CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 10th May 2019
Moving forward with CHANGE
The CHANGE project was recently granted uplift funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, which will allow us to continue to work with communities in our project area until October 2020. Our focus areas for this fourth year of CHANGE are:
- Childminding and Community Childminding
- Out of school care
- Childcare for children aged 0-2, including services providing family support
- Developing low-cost food templates for services
In addition to these objectives, CHANGE is aiming to raise the profile of registered childcare and other services that provide opportunities for children.
The remainder of our third year, until October 2019, will be spent working towards ensuring we have completed all our initial project objectives. This will ensure we have a solid evidence base underpinning our work to deliver lasting change alongside families, childcare providers and other community organisations in the following 12 months.
The team continues to work closely with a range of local partners to explore how we can best support families’ access to childcare and other services. In recent weeks we have been researching the feasibility of out of school care in Parkhead and we have been encouraged by the enthusiasm shown for this aspect of our work. Those involved in discussions so far include childcare providers, local schools, local authority staff, elected members and community organisations. We will be co-hosting a short workshop on Monday 3rd June with the Scottish Out of School Care Network, to share key learning and discuss the next steps. More details on how you can contribute to this are included in the events section at the bottom of this bulletin.
Our work to develop Childminding in our project area has also progressed in the past week with discussions on how we can increase the number of services taking place within the team and with external partners. Next week, CHANGE will present a final report to our partners on the Clyde Gateway Childminding Project relating to our awareness raising survey work that took place during March and April. Our partners on this project, which is funded by the Hunter Foundation, will then take forward the process of recruiting and training new Childminders in the Clyde Gateway area.
Children and families' sector news
Childminding Week 2019 finishes on Sunday 12th May with a Childminding fun day at Blairdrummond Safari Park. The CHANGE team has enjoyed following all the great Twitter activity this week and it has been especially pleasing to see so many examples of fantastic practice from Childminders across the country. The positive messages coming out of this week’s event have made it easy for CHANGE to show why we are so keen to increase the number of Childminders in our project area. You can look back on all the Tweets using the hashtag #CheerforChildminding and you can read more about Childminding Week here.
Supporting OSC in Parkhead workshop
CHANGE will be co-hosting a workshop with the Scottish Out of School Care Network, on Monday 3rd June at Parkhead Schoolhouse. We will be sharing what we have learned so far when researching the feasibility of establishing a new out of school care (OSC) service in the Parkhead area and we would like all local stakeholders to contribute to our discussions around what should happen next. So far, we have participants confirmed to attend from childcare services, local schools and other community organisation working in the area.
If you think you can contribute to this work, please check out the event and booking information here.
Contribute to CHANGE
We welcome and encourage input from anyone who has an interest in childcare or community wellbeing in Glasgow East. If you’d like to discuss this with a member of the CHANGE team please contact our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley, firstname.lastname@example.org or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, email@example.com. Both Anthony and Alison are based in Glasgow East at least four days per week and are happy to chat to anyone who feels they have something to contribute to the project.