CHANGE Family Session
The CHANGE project held its first family session on outdoor play on the 21 April at Tollcross Park, which we called Outdoor childcare what’s it all about? The project has been exploring ways to grow the number of childcare places in the East of Glasgow. One option is to have more services operating in parks and outdoor spaces. The session gave parents the opportunity to find out more about what this type of childcare might look like.
The session was led by Operation Play Outdoors and the families participated in fire building, den building, using tools, outdoor games, natural arts and crafts and were able to have lunch together in the lovely sunshine.
The evaluations from the day were positive both towards the day itself and outdoor play in general. Parents said:
“I would love to see these sort of sessions locally. Increasing the kids confidence in a fun environment.”
“Very, very good. Nice to see them [the children] play outdoors.”
The next session is planned for 5th May.
The first CHANGE hub meeting took place in March, and was attended by local childcare and partner agencies with an interest in childcare. The hub provides a forum to come together to share views, ideas, concerns, good practice, innovation and change at a local level around childcare.
At the meeting we focused on childcare at a local level and investigated both the challenges and goals for the future. It also provided those in attendance with a networking opportunity which helps continue to strengthen the communication channels between services and the wider community and ensures that local views are heard whilst the conception of a forward plan is developed.
The hub is using improvement methodology from the Children and Young People’s Collaborative here to evidence its impact and is supported in doing so by the Head of the Children and Young People’s Improvement Programme, Susan Hannah and Improvement Advisor, Lee Urquhart. This methodology was chosen as it is currently used by both childcare services and the Care Inspectorate. The next meeting of the hub is on 1st May 2018.