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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 23rd November 2018



The weeks ahead

This has been a quieter week for the CHANGE team, which has allowed us to catch up with some outstanding tasks and reflect on some of our recent work. Alongside this, we have been developing our work plans for the remainder of 2018 and the start of 2019. A busy few weeks lie ahead for the team with the CHANGE Hub due to meet on Monday 3rd December and the first CHANGE Project Board meeting of year three taking place the following day.

We continue to work closely with childcare providers and we will be updating some of the information we hold on out of school care usage in our project area. We will be visiting services to discuss the current level of uptake and any issues that are impacting on capacity.

CHANGE will also be in attendance at the North East Glasgow Childcare Forum’s Annual General Meeting on Friday 30th November and the Children and Young People’s Services group meeting on the same day. These events provide an opportunity for the team to stay in touch with a range of childcare providers and to contribute some of our learning and evidence to the discussions.

CHANGE Hub update

The next meeting of the CHANGE Hub will take place on Monday 3rd December. The Hub brings together organisations working with families to share ideas, concerns, good practice and innovation using the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative methodology to evidence impact. The Hub is supported by a Scottish Government Improvement Adviser. There are currently 20 core members of this multi-agency hub with several also contributing to working groups.

Items that will be discussed at the next meeting of the Hub include feedback from our recent Knowledge Exchange event, general project updates and a summary of the work that has taken place so far with our tests of change. If you would like to know more about the work of the CHANGE Hub you can contact our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, using the details at the bottom of this bulletin.

Children and families' sector news

PEEK Project – Let’s Change That competition

The PEEK Project (Possibilities for Each and Every Kid) has been nominated in the Corra Foundation’s #LetsChangeThat competition in the Voice category. We would like to extend our congratulations to all the team at PEEK, who we are working closely with as part of the CHANGE Hub and who have contributed to our discussions with play and youth-based services in Glasgow East.

Voting for the competition is online and each nominee has uploaded a short video that can be viewed and voted for here. 

Glasgow City Council consultation – GCVS third sector meeting

As noted in recent editions of the CHANGE Bulletin, Glasgow City Council (GCC) has opened a consultation around the use of capital investment to deliver their obligations as part of the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) in August 2020.

Our colleagues at the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS) are hosting a meeting with third sector ELC providers to formulate a joint response to the proposals. CHANGE will be represented at the meeting and we are keen to hear what third sector providers are saying around these plans and the impact they will have.

If you are a third sector childcare provider, and you wish to attend the meeting, you should register on the Eventbrite page here.


Child-centred early years planning, provision and practice: a seminar led by Dr Suzanne Zeedyk

Tuesday, 29 January 2019, Edinburgh

This full-day seminar will be jointly hosted by Children in Scotland and the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES), and led by renowned childcare expert Dr Suzanne Zeedyk. It will provide an opportunity for leaders in education, learning and childcare to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the plan to increase early learning and childcare entitlement by 2020.

Throughout the day, discussions will focus on:

▪ Prioritising child wellbeing while managing logistical constraints

▪ Achieving more with what we have

▪ Sharing and building on existing plans for the expansion

▪ Identifying ways in which to work together towards 2020.

Dr Suzanne Zeedyk will be joined by other experts, including Terry Lanagan, Executive Officer at ADES, and Sally Cavers, Head of Inclusion at Children in Scotland.

Cost to attend: From £89 for Children in Scotland and ADES members*. From £109 for non-members.

* Please use code ADES19 to apply discount.

To secure a place call 0131 313 8828, email or book online 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, or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, 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.