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Childcare and Nurture in Glasgow East, also known as CHANGE, is a new project in North East Glasgow that works with families and childcare providers to look at making changes to childcare in the area.

We believe that local people know the most about their own communities, and want to hear the views of families to help us plan childcare services that work for their area. We will talk to parents and carers, families and employers about what needs to change, share the information with Glasgow City Council and look at what is possible.

The project is getting underway now and we want to hear your thoughts and ideas about childcare; what works well, what doesn’t, and why.

We will be working in:

  • Calton                                           • Bridgeton
  • Tollcross                                       • West Shettleston
  • Parkhead                                      • Dalmarnock

Why do we want to hear from you?

At the end of three years there will be more childcare places available in Shettleston and Calton, and childcare services will better meet families’ needs.

What difference will this make?

The national charity Children in Scotland is being funded by the Big Lottery to work with people in the area, Glasgow City Council and others to look at what childcare is needed and to come up with a way of putting better services in place.

There is currently a range of nurseries, childminders, and out-of-school clubs in neighbourhoods in North East Glasgow providing care and education for children in the community. However, parents and carers have told Glasgow City Council that what is available is not working well enough for families in the area and we know that the number of families using these services is low compared to other places.

Who is running this project?

Children in Scotland will be working mostly with the community and Thriving Places staff, Glasgow City Council early years staff, and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health.

Our project officers are Sarah McDermott and Anthony O’Mallery.  Sarah is based in Barrowfield Community Centre and Anthony is based in the Olympia Building, Bridgeton.

Sarah can be contacted at smcdermott@childreninscotland.org.uk or phone 07472 066448 and Anthony at aomalley@childreninscotland.org.uk or 07414 610 096