CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 13th September 2019
Engagement with childcare providers
The last few weeks have seen the CHANGE team focused on engagement work and catch up visits with local childcare providers. It has been apparent since the outset of the CHANGE project that there are a number of high-quality childcare services in our project area. The level of care being delivered is made possible by the skilled and dedicated professionals who are working with children and families in the East End of Glasgow.
As much of our focus in our fourth year will be on expanding the level of childcare that is available, we know that it is vital to maintain a continuous stream of engagement with services that are already established in the area. We are grateful for the time that everyone we have met with has been able give to us, particularly as one of the main issues being highlighted by services is recruitment and retention of staff. We will shortly be publishing some summaries of our learning from the first three years of the project. The views of both pre-5 and school-aged childcare providers will feature prominently within these publications.
We are delighted to announce that the CHANGE Hub has been nominated in the ‘Most Inspiring or Innovative Project’ category of the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative’s Quality Improvement Awards 2019. The aim of this award is to ’recognise particularly innovative or inspiring projects that have used Quality Improvement to deliver something different.’ This nomination is a testament to the hard work of the CHANGE Hub members and is indicative of the innovative approach that has been developed since the Hub first met in March 2018.
Children and families' sector news
Programme for Government
In last week’s bulletin we highlighted the Scottish Government’s consultation on out of school care (OSC) that opened recently. CHANGE regards this as a positive development that we hope will provide a strong framework for delivering OSC across Scotland and particularly for children and communities who can benefit the most from access to high-quality OSC. Last week, we were pleased to see the Government’s Programme for Government included a commitment to providing the £3m Access to Childcare fund that will support the development of new initiatives for delivering community-based childcare or OSC for low-income families. You can read more on this here.
Meaningful Participation and Engagement of Children and Young People
Our colleagues in the Policy, Projects and Participation (PPP) team at Children in Scotland (CiS) have updated their principles and guidelines for delivering participation and engagement (P&E) activities with children and young people. This new document, Meaningful Participation and Engagement of Children and Young People, provides an update to the previous framework, which was published in 2017, and is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
CHANGE has delivered several P&E sessions in conjunction with PPP staff from CiS since the project was launched in October 2016. We have always received very positive feedback from participants and some services we have worked with have gone on to adopt the methods used by CiS staff during their own engagement work with children and young people.
You can read more on this and download the new guidelines here.
CHANGE Knowledge Exchange
The third CHANGE Knowledge Exchange will take place on Tuesday 29 October. Over the course of the day we will hear from a range of speakers, many of whom will carry out interactive presentations where participation will be encouraged. The key learning aims for the day are:
- Sharing the story of the CHANGE project
- Hearing from other organisations, with opportunities to network and share examples of good practice
- Exploring how the learning from CHANGE can be applied in a local, regional or national context
- Discussions and exercises that will support the development of a call to action on what can be done to support children and families.
We’re expecting contributions from a range of organisations including Children in Scotland, Members of the CHANGE Hub, the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative, Playbusters, Parkhead Youth Project, the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, the team developing A Local Information Service for Scotland and Nigel Denby, Nutritionist.
Places at the event can be booked on the Children in Scotland website 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.