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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 30th November 2018

CHANGE news

CHANGE Team update

The CHANGE team has enjoyed a busy week as the project continues to gather pace in its third year. We have several meetings with partners in the coming weeks to discuss what can be done to increase the level of childminding in our project area. Alison is leading on this aspect of our expansion plans and has been working on developing some key documents to support this work.

We are also delighted to be supporting the Parent Council of the new Riverbank Primary in the Dalmarnock area. CHANGE will be acting as a facilitator and supporting the parents as they seek to identify out of school care provision for children who will attend the school when it opens in August 2019.

Our role will be to help link the Parent Council with providers who may be interested in providing a service for the school and providing some administrative support throughout this process. We will shortly be contacting all out of school care providers who are part of the East and North East Out of School Care Forum to ask if they would like to be involved in these discussions. If you would like to have an informal conversation about this, please contact our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley, using the details at the bottom of this bulletin.

Engaging with existing childcare providers in Glasgow East has allowed CHANGE to develop an in-depth understanding of some of the systems barriers that impact on families use of childcare. We regularly attend meetings with providers across our project area, including members of the Children and Young People’s Services Forum, North East Glasgow Childcare Forum (NEGCF) and the East and North East Out of School Care Forum. This week we were able to present at the NEGCF annual general meeting on the progress that we have made over the past 12 months and our plans for year three.

Children and families' sector news

Glasgow City Council consultation

This Sunday, 2nd December, is the last date for responses to the Glasgow City Council consultation on capital investment plans for the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) in August 2020. One of the communities that is covered by this phase of investment is Tollcross and West Shettleston, which is part of the CHANGE project area. The proposals for this area are centred on the development of a new 85 place nursery that would be housed within the existing structures of the Winter Gardens and Visitor Centre, which are currently not in use. The consultation document and details of how to respond can be found here

Care Inspectorate ELC statistics

The Care Inspectorate has published its ELC statistics from 2017. There are some points of interest for CHANGE, particularly around the availability of services in areas of deprivation. For example, there were almost 50% more childminders per 10,000 children aged between 0-15 in the least deprived areas when compared to the areas with the highest levels of deprivation. The statistics also show that areas with high levels of deprivation are less likely to have access to high quality childminders. In the CHANGE project area, we are aware that there are very few childminders currently operating. Expanding the number of these services forms a key part of our year three plans. To read the report in full click here.

Events

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 events@chidlreninscotland.org.uk 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, 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.