CHANGE Bulletin 11th May 2018

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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 11th May 2018

CHANGE family session

The second CHANGE family session took place last weekend, on Saturday, 5th May. The session, entitled ‘Outdoor play – what’s it all about?’ was delivered by Operation Play Outdoors, with the venue once again being Tollcross Park. The event was attended by a number of families living in Glasgow East and aimed to demonstrate some of the benefits enjoyed by children when they have access to high quality outdoor play. It is anticipated that the availability of outdoor childcare provision will increase during the course of the current programme of expansion. With this in mind, CHANGE is keen to explore how this could be implemented in our project area and if it is something that could support family wellbeing in line with our project aspirations.

The feedback from families taking part in both of our recent sessions was overwhelmingly positive and the range of activities available was particularly popular. Children and their parents and carers were able to take part in den building, fire making and a range of physical play activities as well as use natural resources to make crafts. Families were especially positive about the opportunity to be outdoors together rather than doing more traditional indoor activities such as soft play. However, it was also highlighted that more needs to be done to ensure there are safe places to play outdoors in the local area and to ensure information about what is currently available is shared widely. The learning that we have gathered from these events will be discussed with our project board and we will consider how we can use this to develop childcare services in Glasgow East.

Childminding Week 2018

Childminding Week 2018 is taking place from 7th-13th May and is being led by Scotland-wide organisation, the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) who is the only service dedicated to supporting childminders in the country. SCMA will be using this week to highlight the work being done nationally, with a particular focus on improving recognition of the quality of care provided by childminders. The campaign centres on five key messages and the first of these promotes the level of flexibility that is available from childminder services. Flexible childcare is an issue that has been at the forefront of our discussions with families during our community engagement work. We are continuing to explore what can be done to support flexible childcare options in our project area and we have maintained a dialogue with SCMA in relation to its own aspiration for increasing the number of childminders in Glasgow East.

Other messages coming out of this week’s campaign include how childminders can help to address the attainment gap, the benefits of socialisation for children and the family support that is offered by childminders. You can read more about Childminding Week 2018 here and by searching for #CheerforChildminding on Twitter.

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, or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, 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.