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CHANGE Bulletin 8 July 2020

CHANGE news

Access to Childcare Fund

The first round of the Scottish Government Access to Childcare Fund is open to applications. The purpose of this fund is to support childcare solutions that enable more accessible and affordable childcare for low-income families. The fund is open to services offering registered childcare and activity groups and clubs that work with school-age children and young people, such as breakfast clubs; after school clubs; holiday clubs; registered childminders; arts and activity-based clubs; youth work provision; play services. The application deadline date for the first round of funding will be 5pm on Monday 27 July 2020. This fund is being administered by Children in Scotland.

To find out more information and apply please click here.

CHANGE Hub

The next meeting of the CHANGE Hub will take place on Wednesday 29 July. Whilst partners are still physically distant this will provide an important opportunity to share updates and progress areas of development that members have been working on to date. The National Lottery Community Fund and an Improvement Adviser from the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative will also be in attendance as we plan for the remaining months of CHANGE and consider the future prospects for the hub.

Children and families' sector news

Information for parents and carers

Parent Club has published useful information for parents and carers about how Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) in Scotland is changing in light of COVID-19. This includes news about how the ELC expansion will progress, critical childcare provision, ELC settings reopening, as well as answering some frequently asked questions from parents. This information can be read here.

Guidance for school aged childcare settings

The Scottish Government has published new guidance for the safe reopening of school aged childcare services from 15 July. This information will help support a safe re-opening of local authority, private and third sectors settings during Phase 3. You can access more information and the guidance itself here.

Childcare costs during COVID-19

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has created a video aimed at those working with families that provides information on support with childcare costs in Scotland, and how this may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To view this video please visit the CPAG website, here.

Individual Training Account funding re-opens

The Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland have re-opened the Individual Training Account (ITA) scheme for applications. An ITA offers individuals funding that can be used to access a number of courses. This may be of interest for people who would like to pursue a career in childcare. A number of childcare courses are available, including the Scottish Childminding Association’s (SCMA) Childminding Induction Support Programme.

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, Robert Doyle, rdoyle@childreninscotland.org.uk or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, ahay@childreninscotland.org.uk. Both Robert and Alison are based in Glasgow East and are happy to chat to anyone who feels they have something to contribute to the project.