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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 9th November 2018


CHANGE Team update

The CHANGE team has enjoyed a busy and diverse week. We spent time at a community information event hosted by Thenue Communities at the Calton Heritage and Learning Centre on Monday, which was part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science. This is the second time that we have been part of the ESRC’s week-long festival and we were delighted to be able to share some of our work with families and organisations from the local area. We also showcased our Family Voices project and spoke to several people about their experience of childcare. Interestingly, the main subject was how difficult it can be to find accurate information on childcare quickly and easily. The CHANGE team is currently working on updating our website with information on applying for childcare, the cost of childcare and what help families may be able to get with childcare fees. Work is also underway on producing a paper version of this work that can be shared with families across our project area.

Another highlight of our week was a meeting we hosted with representatives of some of the play and youth-based services working in the East End of Glasgow. This was an excellent opportunity to hear more about the work being done by these third sector organisations and the positive outcomes being experienced by the families they are working with. The informative discussion also took into consideration what could be done to support this work and increase the sustainability of services. The CHANGE team has been given a lot to think about and we hope to work closely with a range of play and youth-based services across the project area in the coming months.

We moved from local engagement opportunities to a national perspective on Wednesday and Thursday as we exhibited our work at the Children in Scotland Annual Conference in Edinburgh. Attended by more than 100 organisations working in the children’s sector and 600 delegates over the two days, this provided opportunity for discussion with a wide range of professionals. We received a lot of interest at our stand and the other professionals we spoke to were interested to hear about the work CHANGE has done over the last two years.

Children and families' sector news

Glasgow City Council consultation

Glasgow City Council (GCC) has launched a consultation in relation to its plans for the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in 2020. GCC is hoping to engage a wide range of stakeholders in discussion around the investment of finance to ensure they meet their statutory obligations in relation to the expansion.

One of the communities that is covered by this phase of investment is Tollcross and West Shettleston, which is part of the CHANGE project area. The proposals for this area are centred on the development of a new 85 place nursery that would be housed within the existing structures of the Winter Gardens and Visitor Centre, which are currently not in use. The consultation document and details of how to respond can be found here


Child-centred early years planning, provision and practice: a seminar led by Dr Suzanne Zeedyk

Tuesday, 29 January 2019, Edinburgh

This full-day seminar will be jointly hosted by Children in Scotland and the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES), and led by renowned childcare expert Dr Suzanne Zeedyk. It will provide an opportunity for leaders in education, learning and childcare to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the plan to increase early learning and childcare entitlement by 2020.

Throughout the day, discussions will focus on:

▪ Prioritising child wellbeing while managing logistical constraints

▪ Achieving more with what we have

▪ Sharing and building on existing plans for the expansion

▪ Identifying ways in which to work together towards 2020.

Dr Suzanne Zeedyk will be joined by other experts, including Terry Lanagan, Executive Officer at ADES, and Sally Cavers, Head of Inclusion at Children in Scotland.

Cost to attend: From £89 for Children in Scotland and ADES members*. From £109 for non-members.

* Please use code ADES19 to apply discount.

To secure a place call 0131 313 8828, email or book online 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.