CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 18th January 2019
The CHANGE team has picked up where we left off as we enter 2019 and we are continuing our work to support the expansion of services in the East of Glasgow. As we highlighted towards the end of last year, we are progressing several work strands that will support the development of new and existing services.
In relation to out of school care (OSC), we are currently facilitating an expression of interest process on behalf of the Parent Council of the new Riverbank Primary school. All OSC providers across the East and North East of Glasgow have been invited to put forward a proposal for running a service that would serve the school when it opens in August 2019. There may be potential for a new or relocated service to alleviate some of the current shortfall in OSC capacity in the Parkhead area. We are also continuing to explore whether it may be possible to develop an entirely new service within this area.
It has become apparent via our engagement with families and providers, along with data gathered by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, that there is a particular issue around the availability of childcare for children aged 0-2 in pre-5 nursery settings. In the early part of 2019 we are aiming to establish the capacity for expansion within existing services, while also considering whether any alternative childcare settings could be used to increase the number of places available.
Our other key focuses at the start of this year will be around childminding, family support services and play and youth-based services. We are currently working with a range of partners on these strands and we hope to publish more detailed accounts of our progress shortly.
A key finding from our community engagement work in the past two years has been the complexity of the information surrounding childcare services. This includes finding a service, applying for a place, understanding the service being provided, cost of services and the help families can get with cost. We will shortly be refreshing the content on the CHANGE website to include some basic pointers on these issues along with useful contacts where families can find more detailed information depending on their circumstances.
Children and families' sector news
ELC expansion – National Standard published
Funding follows the child and the National Standard for Early Learning and Childcare providers: Principles and Practice was published by the Scottish Government in December 2018. The document sets out the criteria for the provision of funded childcare places for all 3 and 4-year olds, along with some 2-year olds, when the expansion of ELC is fully implemented in August 2020. This includes key changes to current legislation such as making funded childcare free at the point of access. This means that families accessing their statutory entitlement to funded childcare in a non-local authority nursery will not have to pay for additional sessions if they don’t need them. It will also remove the ability for services to charge other hidden or additional costs that could be a barrier to uptake. This includes deposits and registration fees, which families have told us often prevents them from accessing services at present.
The full guidance is available here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.