CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 7th September 2018
CHANGE Team update
The CHANGE team has continued our work to support childcare services operating in our project area this week. We regularly meet with nursery and out of school care providers to discuss what support they need in order to develop their services. The main topics of discussion are similar to what we have heard at recent childcare forums with a lot of focus on the impact of the upcoming Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) expansion. This has included partnership arrangements, recruitment and retention of staff and how quality can be maintained during the expansion programme.
We have recently drawn up plans to help us to achieve our project objectives around expanding what is available for families in Glasgow East. The CHANGE Project Board met on Tuesday 4th September to go over these and we are delighted to be able to press ahead and start to implement our plans. A key issue that we will be tackling will be the lack of out of school care (OSC) provision in the Parkhead area. Following meetings with OSC providers who are operating in and around this area, we have drafted a survey to assess what local families need from out of school care. We hope to have this element of our OSC expansion plans completed shortly to allow us to assess what kind of service is needed and how this will be delivered. We will have further updates on other aspects of our expansion plans in future editions of the bulletin.
Glasgow Doors Open Day
CHANGE will be sharing our Family Voices, Glasgow East work as part of Glasgow Doors Open Day. We will be part of the tour of the Olympia Building where the Glasgow Centre for Population Health is hosting part of our team during the project. We will be at the event on Thursday 13th and Saturday 15th September and some tickets are still available for both sessions on the 15th. These can be booked here.
CHANGE Knowledge Exchange – Monday 8th September, Tollcross, Glasgow
We will be holding our second Knowledge Exchange event on Monday 8th October, at Tollcross International Swimming and Leisure Centre in Glasgow. This free event will be an opportunity to hear about the work CHANGE has been doing in the last year, along with our plans for the next 12 months.
We are putting the finishing touches to the programme and we hope to provide a varied and informative day. The event could be of interest to anyone who works in the children and families sector locally or nationally. Although many of our speakers will be from services based in Glasgow East, what they have to say is likely to have implications much further afield.
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Children and families' sector news
SCMA – Annual conference
CHANGE has been grateful for the support of the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) during the course of our project. We currently have a very low number of childminders within our project area and we have been working with SCMA and other partners to address this. SCMA provides a range of support mechanisms to its members and they are hosting their annual conference on 29th September in Glasgow. More information and booking details can be found here.
The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) has recently highlighted some of its resources aimed at parents and schools. One of these is the Clicked – Social media and your school community toolkit that supports parents and schools with issues around social media. The toolkit is free to use and can be found here.
The cost of childcare is an issue that CHANGE has explored in detail in the last 12 months and we are aware that there are hidden costs beyond standard fees that can impact on families. These can include costs that arise when a child is at school. NPFS, in partnership with the Child Poverty Action group has a Cost of the school day toolkit to help schools and parent councils analyse the costs that families might face during the course of the school year. This toolkit can be found 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, email@example.com. 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.