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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 25 October 2019

CHANGE news

This week in CHANGE

Out of School Care (OSC) consultation event

This week saw CHANGE attend a local event held by the North East Glasgow Out of School Care Forum as part of the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of OSC in Scotland. CHANGE has contributed to this process from the outset and is represented on the reference group that was responsible for drafting the initial framework that is now being consulted on.

We contributed to this week’s event by providing an overview of the existing OSC landscape in our project area, along with some of the key issues that have been raised during our community engagement work with children, families and professionals. We look forward to providing a full response to the consultation in due course. We will also publish our response on the CHANGE website and will provide links to this on our social media channels.

Childminding engagement with children and young people

While our bulletin took a little break for the school holidays last week, the CHANGE team was busy conducting engagement sessions with children and young people. These sessions, which were supported by the Policy, Projects and Participation team from Children in Scotland), were delivered as part of the Clyde Gateway Childminding Project. As regular readers will be aware, this project is aiming to increase the level of Childminding provision within the Clyde Gateway area, the majority of which overlaps with the CHANGE project boundaries.

The sessions, which were delivered in an OSC setting, explored the children and young people’s views on the qualities and characteristics of a good Childminder. We also identified the level of awareness that participants had about Childminding, before and after taking part. CHANGE and Children in Scotland believe that ensuring the voices of children and young people are heard as part of the Clyde Gateway project is vital and we are grateful for the support of our project partners, the Scottish Childminding Association and Jobs and Business Glasgow, with the facilitation of our engagement work. We will shortly be delivering more sessions in a primary school setting before producing a full report for the project steering group.

Community Banquet

The CHANGE team is looking forward to supporting the Tollcross and Shettleston Community Banquet this coming Saturday. The event is being co-organised by CHANGE, St. Paul’s Primary, TICTACS out of school care and Nigel Denby, Dietician and Nutritionist. It will allow a number of local families to come together and enjoy an afternoon of food, which will be supplied by social enterprises, Spoon and Soul Food Sisters, and activities. A key priority for CHANGE in 2019/20 will be supporting the development of low-cost quality food provision for families, community groups and childcare services within the CHANGE project area. This event will allow those involved in our work around food to share some of the key messages and to highlight opportunities for families to participate in future work.

Children and families' sector news

Early Years at Children in Scotland Annual Conference 2019

This year’s Children in Scotland Annual Conference will see Early Years as one of the six key themes. Workshops and presentations on a range of issues across the Early Years sector will feature on both days of the event. A broad range of topics relating to Early Years will be covered, including a workshop led by CHANGE, which will focus on conversations regarding the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in 2020.

For more information and to book a place check out the Children in Scotland events page 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.