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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 23rd May 2019

CHANGE news

Progress update

The CHANGE team has enjoyed a task-driven couple of weeks with work taking place across all of our objectives for year three of the project. One of our key objectives has been to increase the level of Childminding provision in the CHANGE project area, with the number of places extremely limited at present. We are currently involved in the Clyde Gateway Childminding Project along with the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) and Jobs & Business Glasgow (JBG). CHANGE’s contribution to this project was the delivery of an awareness raising strategy that included a survey and community engagement work. The next stage of the project will now be taken forward by SCMA and JBG with two information sessions scheduled to take place later this month. More details on this are available on the project flyer, which you can access here.

Our objectives around developing out of school care (OSC) services have also been at the forefront of our work this month. Along with our current work to develop a new 24-place OSC service in Parkhead, we are continuing to support Connect 2 OSC with the relocation of their Bridgeton service to the new Riverbank Primary. Last week we visited Connect 2’s current premises along with Participation & Engagement colleagues from Children in Scotland. We had a terrific time speaking to the children about the process of moving to the new school and all of their views will be compiled for a report that will inform the level and range of support required by the children during the period of transition.

Progress also continues to be made on our work to develop a low-cost food template for services and we are very grateful for the support of our community partners in Shettleston, especially St. Paul’s Primary and TICTACS OSC. The level of success achieved so far means that we are now ready to scale up this work. We are excited by our recent conversations with several community organisations in the Parkhead area and we hope to be able to announce some exciting new partnerships in the near future.

Children and families' sector news

National Induction Resource launched

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has launched the National Induction Resource for staff working in Early Learning and Childcare. With around 9,000 new staff required for full-time roles in ELC by August 2020, it is hoped that this induction pack will support new staff in the early stages of their career. More information can be found on the SSSC website here.

Events

Supporting OSC in Parkhead workshop

CHANGE will be co-hosting a workshop with the Scottish Out of School Care Network, on Monday 3rd June at Parkhead Schoolhouse. We will be sharing what we have learned so far when researching the feasibility of establishing a new out of school care (OSC) service in the Parkhead area and we would like all local stakeholders to contribute to our discussions on what should happen next. So far, we have participants confirmed to attend from childcare services, local schools and other community organisations working in the area.

If you think you can contribute to this work, please check out the event and booking information 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, 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.