CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 1st June
ELC Family Learning Summit
The CHANGE team was in attendance at a recent Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) Family Learning Summit event in Edinburgh. The overall aim of the event was to bring together professionals working in the early years for discussions and sharing of good practice in relation to family learning. The opening address and aims for the day were given by Kate Smith from the Scottish Government’s ELC policy team and Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Childcare and Early Years before the day continued with a range of speakers and workshops.
It was enlightening to hear from the Pen Green Centre whose representatives discussed the family engagement and support that takes place within their award-winning service. It was especially interesting to hear about their efforts to ensure families are at the forefront of everything the centre does and their ethos of ensuring the service being delivered is co-produced with parents and carers.
Other speakers in the morning session included Sharyn McKenzie of the Peep programme in Midlothian, who shared some positive outcomes from family learning, and Sian Neil from Education Scotland who spoke about the links between family learning and the Scottish Attainment Challenge.
The focus of the afternoon workshops was discussion of successful family learning programmes and why this has been the case. These examples of good practice will give us valuable insight into the delivery of successful family learning programmes that could inform the work being done by CHANGE. A thought-provoking day was closed by Liz Levy of the Scottish Government who recapped some of the key points that had been covered across the range of speakers and workshops.
CHANGE out and about
The CHANGE team has also been engaging with services in our project area over the last week. Our Project Officer, Anthony visited Dalmarnock Primary’s World of Work Day event and spoke to children about his career in childcare. The event was attended by a vast array of professionals including a local councillor and representatives from several emergency services. Anthony was especially impressed by the questions children were asking, especially about what he had learned during his career. This event also allowed us to disseminate some of our learning from our engagement with children over the last six months. We would like to thank Louise McGinlay and Nancy Clunie for inviting us to take part.
Meanwhile, Alison attended an event looking at gender friendly nursery pilots that are taking place in Glasgow. The event provided an update on the pilots and explained how the programme was aiming to support services looking to improve and reflect on their practice in relation to promoting gender equality.
We were also able to meet with a childcare provider and a play service to discuss some of the work they are doing in the project area and to update them on our progress. Informal catch ups like this are important to CHANGE as they provide a basis for working with services that are already established in the area as we look to develop what is available for children and families in Glasgow East.
SSSC learning resource
The Scottish Social Services Council has launched a new learning resource for the early learning and childcare workforce. The online toolkit allows practitioners to explore the themes of child development, observing children and mentoring in ELC services. CHANGE has heard from parents and carers that the quality of the staff is a key consideration when families are choosing a childcare service and this resource aims to support the ELC workforce to deliver high quality care during a time of change as we move towards the expansion to 1,140 hours. More information is available 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.