CHANGE - Childcare and Nurture Glasgow EastCHANGE logo

CHANGE (Childcare and Nurture, Glasgow East) is a project led by Children in Scotland (CiS) and partnered with the GCPH, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Out-of-School Care Network and Thriving Places. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the project has been working with communities in the east of Glasgow since October 2016.

CHANGE staff have spoken to more than 150 families living in the area about childcare, and in particular, any barriers they may face when trying to access services.  During this time, the cost of childcare has been the most frequently mentioned of these barriers. The December 2018 analysis of the cost of childcare in these communities explores the significant cost of using childcare and the impact this has on families.

Change infographic 1 - if you require an accessible version or a transcript please email info@gcph.co.ukChange infographic 2 - if you require an accessible version or a transcript please email info@gcph.co.uk

In addition to engaging with families, the ‘CHANGE Hub’ was established by the project to bring together organisations working with families to share ideas, concerns, good practice and innovation using the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative methodology. The Hub is supported by a Scottish Government Improvement Adviser. There are currently 19 core members of the Hub with several of these contributing to working groups. The aim is to lead change at a local level which will reduce barriers to accessing childcare. Current tests of change are underway to support services to access low-cost quality food options and increase uptake of holiday provision. 

We are the evaluation partner in CHANGE. Now in its third year, the evaluation is focusing on the impact CHANGE is having on access to and use of quality childcare services by families and children; parent/carer experiences of engaging with extended nursery hours; any wider community benefits for local people and for businesses; and what difference is it envisaged that the Hub will make to the provision of childcare locally. 

Our other work related to CHANGE includes the evaluation of the Stepping Stones for Families Family Wellbeing Service, citizenship in the early years, and exploring parenting support in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.