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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 15 November 2019


Out and about

Children in Scotland Annual Conference 2019

CHANGE was in attendance for both days of the Children in Scotland (CiS) Annual Conference last week in Edinburgh. We were delighted that some members of the CHANGE Hub could join us there via places funded by the National Third Sector GIRFEC project. Day two of the conference also saw our Senior Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, delivering a workshop a with input from two nursery managers, Jacquie McArthur from Jigsaw Nursery in North Lanarkshire and Gemma Paterson from Bowhouse Nursery in Falkirk. The workshop, An honest conversation about 2020: survival in a complex change environment, provided an opportunity for delegates to discuss the implications of the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) in 2020 on practice.

CHANGE recently published a summary of ELC providers’ views that we gathered during our engagement work with childcare services in our project area. This highlighted that the biggest concern for these services is how they will maintain the quality of their service during the expansion process. The initial feedback from Alison’s workshop suggests that those who attended found it beneficial to be able to discuss some of the strategies that have so far proved successful in maintaining a high-quality service in the face of a rapid change process. You can access the CHANGE learning summary What have we learned so far? Feedback from ELC providers here

CYPIC Collaborative Learning Sessions 2019

This week saw the team out and about again as we spent two days at the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC) Learning Sessions 2019. The CHANGE Hub has been supported by Lee Urquhart, Improvement Adviser at CYPIC and the group has used the CYPIC Improvement Methodology to measure the impact of some of the tests of change carried out by Hub members. The CHANGE team was privileged to be asked to prepare a storyboard for display at the event and we presented on this to a group of delegates each day as part of a spotlight workshop.

The two-day CYPIC event also included the Quality Improvement Awards 2019 dinner and ceremony. The CHANGE Hub was delighted to be nominated in the Most Inspiring or Innovative category. Although the Hub was unsuccessful on the night, it is a reflection on the efforts of all members that the group was shortlisted in what was a very high-quality category. We would like to congratulate NHS Lanarkshire which took the award for the project ‘Working Together to Improve Vision Outcomes in Pre-school Children’.

Members of the CHANGE Hub attended the CYPIC Quality Improvement Awards 2019


Children and families' sector news

Happy Birthday, One Parent Families Scotland

We would like to take this opportunity to wish a very happy birthday to our friends at One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) as they celebrate their 75th year. CHANGE has benefitted from working with OPFS over the past couple of years, including taking part in welfare rights training and discussions around flexible childcare. You can read more on OPFS’ 75th birthday celebrations 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, 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.