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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 22 November 2019

CHANGE news

Active CHANGE

The CHANGE team has enjoyed an active week, which saw us meet up with a number of key partners as well as contributing to strategic work via wider networks and forums.

Our Senior Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, was joined by two of our key partners at a meeting with Pauline Beirne, Allied Health Professions Lead for Children and Young People at the Scottish Government. Joining Alison at the meeting were CHANGE Hub members Green Heart Growers and Nutritionist, Nigel Denby, along with the Hub’s Improvement Adviser from the Scottish Government, Lee Urquhart.  This meeting focused on the work that has been carried out by the CHANGE Hub in relation to community growing and improving families’ access to low-cost, nutritious food. We would like to extend our thanks to Pauline and Lee for taking the time to meet with the group this week. The discussion was very helpful in allowing us to focus on the structures we need to have in place in order to evidence the impact the work is having on families and our work on food can be scaled up.

We also enjoyed meeting with colleagues from a variety of different third sector organisations at an event hosted by the Citywide Forum for Children, Young People and Families. The Forum provides a platform for third sector professionals to contribute to the various strategic groups within the children and families’ sector across Glasgow. The CHANGE team currently represents the third sector on groups relating to child poverty and locality planning. This has also allowed us to share some of our findings at a strategic level, particularly in relation to the cost of childcare and the impact this has on families. The Forum is coordinated by the Everyone’s Children project at the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector. You can read more about their work here

Regular readers of this bulletin will be aware that CHANGE has maintained an ongoing dialogue with members of the North East Glasgow Childcare Forum. (NEGCF). This has allowed us to provide regular progress updates and receive feedback from childcare services operating in and around our project area. This week we attended two of the sub-forums that are part of the NEGCF. The first of these was the North East Out of School Care forum, which was attended by all of the out of school care (OSC) services operating within the CHANGE area boundary as well as several services from neighbouring communities. At this week’s meeting we were able to provide an update on our work to establish additional OSC provision in the Parkhead area as well as answer some questions from services on the Scottish Government’s ongoing consultation on a draft OSC framework.

We also attended the Children and Young People’s Services Forum (CHYPS), which brings together professional from across various sectors whose work involves children and young people. At the CHYPS meeting we were able to provide some information to services relating to the application process for the ELC Inclusion Fund that is administered by Children in Scotland as well as hearing updates on how pre-5 settings are managing the ongoing Early Learning and Childcare expansion programme.

We are grateful to Colin Agnew of CCN Training, who coordinates the NEGCF, for keeping us informed of developments within the area. We are now working on a presentation that will see us share some of our findings at the NEGCF annual general meeting in December. Our focus for this will be children’s views on childcare and the need for emergency childcare provision.

Children and families' sector news

Care Inspectorate survey on draft Quality Framework

The Care Inspectorate has launched a consultation process on a new document, A quality framework for early learning and childcare services. This focuses on the revised approach that the Care Inspectorate is planning to take in relation to improvement and scrutiny of services. This will place a greater emphasis on the outcomes and experiences offered to users of daycare of children services. This includes ELC settings, OSCs and Childminders, as well as other care services that fall under this heading.

CHANGE continues to champion the high-quality care that is being provided to children in our project area and we urge all services to contribute to this consultation if they are able to do so. You can read the draft framework document here and you can complete the survey for the consultation element here

OSC consultation deadline

This is a reminder that the deadline for responding to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft framework for OSC in Scotland is approaching. The process closes on 6 December and CHANGE is currently putting the finishing touches to our own response, which will be based on learning from children, families and professionals living or working in our project area. You can access the consultation documents 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 Senior Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley, aomalley@chidlreninscotland.org.uk or our Senior 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.