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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 6th September 2019


This week in CHANGE

As we near the end of the third year of CHANGE, the project team is keen to ensure that we share the learning we have gathered so far, as well as highlighting the progress made towards our key objectives. This week saw us attend a roundtable event hosted by Parenting across Scotland and our host organisation, Children in Scotland (CiS). The event looked at how support for families can be included within the current expansion of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) and the CHANGE team was able to share the findings from our community engagement work in Glasgow East. Families living in our project area have told CHANGE that they receive significant support from practitioners working in ELC settings and CHANGE, along with many others, is keen to explore how this can be maintained during the expansion programme.

Our work to expand the number of Childminding services in the project area progressed this week, with the latest meeting of the steering group for the Clyde Gateway Childminding Project taking place. CHANGE’s main contribution to this project is to lead on awareness-raising of Childminding as both a career choice and a high-quality childcare option. This work, which has built on our extensive learning from community engagement, has so far involved surveying parents and carers across the Clyde Gateway area to gather their views on Childminding and to assess how much people know about the service. Between now and the end of October, CHANGE staff, along with colleagues from CiS, will be delivering engagement sessions for children living in the area to ask them for their views on the skills and qualities that are required by Childminders. This work will also help to raise the profile of Childminding as a service in an area where current provision is very limited.

This week marked the final meeting of the CHANGE Evaluation Group, which is led by staff from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH). A wide range of quantitative and qualitative data has been gathered by the evaluators and a full report will be published in due course. The project team is immensely grateful for the support, advice and guidance that has been provided by GCPH and other members of the group over the past three years.

Children and families' sector news

Out of school care (OSC) consultation

The Scottish Government’s OSC Task Force has launched a consultation that will inform a new framework for delivering OSC in Scotland. CHANGE has been represented on the reference group established as part of this work and findings from the project were shared at a sub-group exploring the accessibility and affordability of OSC earlier this year. We continue to maintain close links with the Task Force and hope to support established OSC providers in our project area to contribute to the consultation process. You can access the online consultation and related documents here


CHANGE Knowledge Exchange

The third CHANGE Knowledge Exchange will take place on Tuesday 29 October. Over the course of the day we will hear from a range of speakers, many of whom will carry out interactive presentations where participation will be encouraged. The key learning aims for the day are:

  • Sharing the story of the CHANGE project
  • Hearing from other organisations, with opportunities to network and share examples of good practice
  • Exploring how the learning from CHANGE can be applied in a local, regional or national context
  • Discussions and exercises that will support the development of a call to action on what can be done to support children and families.

We’re expecting contributions from a range of organisations including Children in Scotland, Members of the CHANGE Hub, the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative, Playbusters, Parkhead Youth Project, the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, the team developing A Local Information Service for Scotland and Nigel Denby, Nutritionist.

Places at the event can be booked on the Children in Scotland website 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.