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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 8th February 2019

CHANGE news

Out of school care

Although out of school care (OSC) is just one strand of the work CHANGE is undertaking at the moment, this week has seen us take some significant steps to support and develop OSC services. At the start of the week we continued in our role as the facilitator of the process for identifying an OSC to provide a service from the new Riverbank Primary in Dalmarnock. We are hoping to conclude this piece of work shortly and we will then consider if there is any further support we can give to the appointed provider.

We also worked on two aspects of support that we are providing to TICTACS OSC, which is a member of the CHANGE Hub. The first of these saw us meet with senior management and board representatives to discuss TICTACS’ use of social media. We were able to provide some advice on practical considerations and we will continue to support the service with this over the coming months. Our second interaction with TICTACS was focused on work that has been underway around developing a low-cost food template for childcare providers. This is an exciting piece of work and we have engaged with the Scottish Out of School Care Network (SOSCN) to consider the possibility of sharing our learning with other services. Alison Hay, Policy Officer for the CHANGE team, has written a blog about this part of the project, which can be found here

We are keen to share as much of our learning as possible and this week we met with staff from the Scottish Government who are developing a new framework for OSC in Scotland. This was a great opportunity for us to share what we have learned in the East End of Glasgow with the aim of influencing change in national policy. We are delighted to have been asked to attend further sessions and sub-groups with the Scottish Government’s team to help compose a draft framework.

The week ahead

Next week our focus will shift to supporting the expansion of childminding in our project area. On Monday we will meet with representatives from the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA), the Department for Work and Pensions and the health visiting team for North East Glasgow to look at the level of demand for childminding services in the area. This meeting will also allow us to consider whether there is demand for short-term crisis support services and how we can ensure that there are clear referral pathways for families to access this.

Following this we will be doing some more work to support our previous efforts around the cost of childcare. We will attend a third sector briefing from the Child Poverty Action Group and we have some follow up conversations planned in relation to our Cost of childcare, CHANGE project area paper that was published last week.

With a short school holiday taking place next week the CHANGE Bulletin will also have a little rest and will return on 22nd February.

Children and families' sector news

Scottish Out of School Care Network reports published

SOSCN has published two new reports this week. The first of these, entitled ‘Fun!, Fun!, Super Fun!’  Children’s thoughts on OSC, looks at children’s views of OSC services. The second, which is called ‘The Service is a Lifeline’ – Parents/carers’ thoughts on OSC, is focused on parents and carers’ perceptions. Both surveys were conducted over a 12- month period in 2017-2018 and contain some fascinating insights into how children and their families view OSC. You can access both reports 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.