CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 8th June
The CHANGE project board met this week and 2e were delighted to welcome Andrew Shoolbread, Policy and Research Manager at the Scottish Out of School Care Network (SOSCN), to the group. SOSCN was formed in 1991and is the national charitable intermediary organisation offering support, training, advice and information to more than 1,000 school-aged childcare services in Scotland. SOSCN also delivers Achieving Quality Scotland (AQS) programme, a quality improvement and assurance framework for out of school care. SOSCN additionally undertakes research and supports the development of national policy, practice and legislation relevant to the sector. More info on SOSCN can be found here.
The board is responsible for governance of the CHANGE project and provides guidance to the project team, which is made up of Children in Scotland staff. The group comprises representatives from our key partners including The Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Glasgow City Council Early Years, Thriving Places North East Group, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Big Lottery Fund. Each member brings experience and skills that are invaluable to the project team as we work to develop services for children and families in Glasgow East. You can read more about the work of our key partners here.
Evidence based approach
The community engagement work carried out by CHANGE has allowed us to develop an evidence bank of what families want and need from services in Glasgow East. However, we also refer to work that has been done at a national and local level to support best practice for the development of services working with children and families. We have recently updated our reading list with some other reports that have been considered by the project team as part of our reflections on our work to date. You can access our reading list here.
We are in the initial stages of developing a strand of community engagement work that we are calling Childcare Voices. We will be looking to capture short audio clips of people talking about their experience of using childcare in Glasgow East. We hope to carry out most of the recordings over the summer holiday period. If you are involved with a service working with children and families in the area and would like to be involved, or if you would like to suggest some participants, then please get in touch with our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley on 07414 610 096 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The CHANGE team attended the Children and Young People’s Services and Glasgow North East Childcare forums recently. This allowed us to hear about some of the issues affecting services in our project area and neighbouring communities. We were also able to provide an update on CHANGE and share some of the learning generated by the project so far. We will continue to attend forum events whenever possible and we extend our thanks to Colin Agnew, Administrator of the forums, for supporting us with this.
Children and families’ news
ELC Inclusion fund
Applications are now open for the Scottish Government’s ELC Inclusion Fund. The fund has been set up to support children with additional support for learning needs to access their statutory Early Learning and Childcare entitlement. Further details on eligibility and the application process can be found here.
Training and events
Our parent organisation, Children in Scotland, has an array of training courses and personal development activities available as a part of its learning and events programme. A full list of what is available, along with pricing and discounts for members is available 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, email@example.com or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.