CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 1st March 2019
CHANGE Hub update
The next meeting of the CHANGE Hub will take place on Wednesday 20th March at the newly-opened Parkhead Schoolhouse building, which is fast becoming an excellent community asset. Work has been taking place across each of the Hub’s aims and we are making real progress on a number of these. For example, under the heading of ‘Effective collaborations which are responsive to needs of the family’, we have been working with the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the health visiting team for North East Glasgow and other local organisations. This small working group is coming to the end of a scoping exercise that has explored the level of demand for community childminding and crisis playgroups. We have also been able to develop a plan for further collaboration between SCMA and the DWP around the recruitment of childminders. We are hopeful that this will lead to an increase in the number of childminding spaces available in our project area.
Our work on developing a low-cost food template is another strand of the Hub’s work that is gathering pace. Our Policy Officer, Alison Hay, is leading on this along with one of the CHANGE Hub members, TICTACS out of school care. We are currently exploring the possibility of childcare services reducing their food costs by using this template and whether there is any benefit for families using the service. Alison and Audrey Spence, Manager of TICTACS, have been visiting a range of community-based food projects to discuss their learning and to consider if there is anything that could support the work being done by the CHANGE Hub.
The week ahead
The CHANGE team will kick off next week by presenting to a group of Italian visitors about our work to date along with an overview of the upcoming Early Learning and Childcare expansion. The group, part of a Children in Scotland study visit, will also be visiting some services in our project area and are particularly interested in services that provide learning through outdoor play.
The CHANGE Project Board will meet next week, for the second of four meetings scheduled to take place in our year three. The board, which is made up of representatives from each of our key partners, will receive a progress report from the CHANGE team and will discuss our plans for the coming months. Key items on the agenda next week will include out of school care provision in Parkhead, updates on the CHANGE Hub and an overview of the ongoing evaluation of the project.
Children and families' sector news
Childcare Survey results
The national charity, Coram Family and Childcare, has published the results of its Childcare Survey 2019. The survey focused on the availability and cost of childcare across the UK, although many of their findings will be familiar to those who have been following the work of CHANGE.
Our paper, The cost of childcare, CHANGE project area, was published in January and our findings correlated with those released this week by Coram. In particular, childcare fees continue to see an increase greater than inflation and there is a clear shortfall in supply in some areas. You can read the full report by Coram 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.