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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 16th November 2018

CHANGE news

CYPIC Learning Sessions – Quality Improvement seminar

The CHANGE team was delighted to be invited to attend the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative’s (CYPIC) Learning Sessions 2018 event in Glasgow this week. CHANGE has been using the CYPIC improvement methodology with a few of our CHANGE Hub partners to carry out some tests of change that will help to inform some of our wider project ambitions. Some of the tests that are already underway include looking at developing a low-cost food template for providers, establishing a directory of family support services and the use of mental health support for families to increase the uptake of holiday provision. To find out more about the use of improvement methodology and tests of change, please visit the CYPIC website here

Our learning from this week’s event, which was also attended by other colleagues from Children in Scotland, will also contribute to our work on the expansion of services for children and families in our project area. There were opportunities for us to discuss our work on collaborating with communities and to hear about the work being done elsewhere in Scotland on a range of issues. This included health visitor pathways and how services are building capacity within their teams to inform development and improvement work. We are grateful for the continued input of the CYPIC team to the work of the CHANGE Hub.

 

The cost of childcare

When CHANGE began working in Glasgow East in 2016 it quickly became apparent that the amount families were required to pay for childcare was a barrier that impacted on how much childcare they used. For some families living in our project area childcare is seen as being unaffordable and many are using less than they would like to as a result.

CHANGE has recently conducted an analysis of the cost of childcare in the communities where we are working, and we will shortly be sharing this information in a range of formats, both online and in print. We hope to be able to include some information on help that families may be able to receive with these costs and we are working with a range of partners to decide the best way to share this with the community. If you think you or your organisation can contribute to this work please contact our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley, using the details at the bottom of this bulletin.

Children and families' sector news

Deposit Guarantee Scheme

Early Years Scotland (EYS) is currently managing the Deposit Guarantee Scheme (DGS) on behalf of the Scottish Government. The pilot scheme allows parents or carers with children aged 0-2, and who are in receipt of tax credits, Universal Credit or other qualifying benefits, to have a deposit or registration fee paid for them when their child is taking up a childcare place. Glasgow is one of the pilot areas for the DGS and more information can be found on the EYS website here

 

Glasgow City Council consultation

Glasgow City Council (GCC) has launched a consultation in relation to its plans for the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in 2020. GCC is hoping to engage a wide range of stakeholders in discussion around the investment of finance to ensure they meet their statutory obligations in relation to the expansion.

One of the communities that is covered by this phase of investment is Tollcross and West Shettleston, which is part of the CHANGE project area. The proposals for this area are centred on the development of a new 85 place nursery that would be housed within the existing structures of the Winter Gardens and Visitor Centre, which are currently not in use. The consultation document and details of how to respond can be found here

Events

Child-centred early years planning, provision and practice: a seminar led by Dr Suzanne Zeedyk

Tuesday, 29 January 2019, Edinburgh

This full-day seminar will be jointly hosted by Children in Scotland and the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES), and led by renowned childcare expert Dr Suzanne Zeedyk. It will provide an opportunity for leaders in education, learning and childcare to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the plan to increase early learning and childcare entitlement by 2020.

Throughout the day, discussions will focus on:

▪ Prioritising child wellbeing while managing logistical constraints

▪ Achieving more with what we have

▪ Sharing and building on existing plans for the expansion

▪ Identifying ways in which to work together towards 2020.

Dr Suzanne Zeedyk will be joined by other experts, including Terry Lanagan, Executive Officer at ADES, and Sally Cavers, Head of Inclusion at Children in Scotland.

Cost to attend: From £89 for Children in Scotland and ADES members*. From £109 for non-members.

* Please use code ADES19 to apply discount.

To secure a place call 0131 313 8828, email events@chidlreninscotland.org.uk or book online 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, aomalley@chidlreninscotland.org.uk or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, ahay@childreninscotland.org.uk. 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.