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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 2nd November 2018

CHANGE news

CHANGE Team update

While our bulletin took a shot break, the CHANGE team has remained extremely busy with the project continuing to gather pace as we enter our third year.

At the beginning of October, Sally and Anthony were part of a delegation led by Children in Scotland, who travelled to Finland on a study visit. This provided an excellent opportunity to visit some services delivering the Finnish equivalent of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC). Other delegates on the trip included representatives from the Care Inspectorate and childcare providers from Scotland and England. This allowed the team to reflect on the visit with a range of professionals, each with their own perspective on the systems in place in and around Helsinki to support the delivery of ELC. Services tended to have more space than would be common in a Scottish setting and were often very modern and well-designed. However, one of our key observations was that much of the practice of ELC professionals was similar to what is already being delivered on the ground in Glasgow East. This supported our previously held viewpoint that services in our project area are delivering very high-quality childcare to families.

Alison has continued with our efforts to make it easier for families to get information about childcare. We are working on this with community engagement staff from the Alliance, who are responsible for maintaining the ALISS (A local information system for Scotland) database and with staff from the Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership who are working on a directory of services for families in the North East of Glasgow. We hope that this work will supplement the work currently being done by CHANGE Hub members to reduce some of the barriers families face when accessing childcare and other services.

We held our second annual Knowledge Exchange event on 8th October at Tollcross Leisure Centre in Glasgow. The event provided an opportunity to hear from the project team and some of our key partners on the work we are doing. There were great discussions taking place after each speaker and we will shortly be sending round a copy of the views put forward by delegates on the day. However, the undoubted highlight of the day was our lunchtime excursion to Tollcross Park where staff from Baltic Street Adventure Playground led den building and campfire activities. This provided an opportunity for those in attendance to discuss the possibilities that are offered by access to outdoor space.

Children and families' sector news

Early Learning and Childcare expansion update

The Scottish Government has published a report compiled from the responses to their consultation surrounding the service model for the ELC expansion in 2020. The report, which you can access here, contains a detailed analysis of public opinion on the proposed framework for how the expansion will be delivered. The content of the paper mirrors many of the conversations that CHANGE has with childcare providers working in our project area. The biggest concerns for many of the private and third sector services are financial sustainability and recruitment and retention of staff members. The CHANGE team has been attending childcare forums across the East and North East of Glasgow and we will continue to support the providers in our project area by sharing information and ideas around what help may be available from across the wider sector. If you would like to discuss anything around the expansion programme with us you can contact our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley, using the details below.

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.