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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 1st February 2019

CHANGE news

Project Team update

A busy week for the CHANGE team kicked off with a visit to the Community Breakfast hosted by the newly appointed staff at Thriving Places Parkhead, Dalmarnock and Camlachie. As well as enjoying some Burns’ Night themed breakfast rolls, we were able to meet a range of local people and organisations to discuss some of the work they are involved with in the area. We look forward to working with the Thriving Places team in the coming months.

This week presented an opportunity to share the work of CHANGE with some key partners. This included attendance at the East and North East Out of School Care Forum, where we provided an update to services on the process of establishing a new service within Riverbank Primary in Dalmarnock. The team also gave a presentation to the Children in Scotland Board, bringing them up to speed with the work we have done to date and our plans for the future. A summary of our previous work and future plans is available here

The cost of childcare, CHANGE project area

In December 2018, the CHANGE team conducted an analysis of how much it would cost families to access various types of childcare in our project area. This followed up on work we had done on the same topic in April 2018. Our paper The cost of childcare, CHANGE project area was published this week and contains our findings from this work. We also have some infographics that highlight the key points from the paper. These were designed by our project partners at the Glasgow Centre for Population Health and we extend our thanks to the Communications team there for their support. To read more about this work and to download the full paper click here.

The help that families may be able to get with their childcare costs is highlighted in the paper, particularly some potential complications that may arise if families need to claim Universal Credit. Alison and Anthony were both able to carry out work on the potential impact of Universal Credit this week by attending information sessions and meeting with advice staff from other organisations. In the coming months we will be exploring whether the introduction of this new benefit has any impact on families use of childcare

Children and families' sector news

Family Legacy Nursery closure

The CHANGE team was disappointed to learn of the closure of the Family Legacy Nursery this week. The nursery was operated by the People’s Development Trust, which has gone into administration. This is what CHANGE Project Manager Sally Cavers said in response to the news via the Children in Scotland website:

“The CHANGE team was very sorry to hear that the People’s Development Trust, who manage the Legacy Hub and nursery has gone into administration. We appreciate this must have been a very difficult decision for the management board.

This is devastating for the children and families affected. We are aware of 40 children involved, meaning that unless parents have been able to set up emergency cover this will have a huge impact on parents’ ability to get to work today.

The impact on the children attending the early years provision will be profound. All guidance around best practice in the early years stresses the importance of relationships with key staff and the importance of involving children in changes to their care and support. This decision also means that up to 23 staff at the centre have lost their employment.

Glasgow City Council has issued information on provision that is available locally. Details of nearby services can be found via a postcode search on www.gfis.org.uk.

These services can be contacted by parents enquiring about spaces.

Like other organisations in the area, the CHANGE team will offer support to organisations considering what could be offered from the centre.”

If you have been affected by the closure of the nursery and have anything you would like to share with CHANGE, please contact us using the details below.

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.