The idea of the Co-operative ASC Charter was born from discussions with after school clubs on how to work more co-operatively in line with Edinburgh Council’s electoral pledge on developing a Co-operative Childcare agenda.
The Charter seeks to recognise that parent led, community based after school clubs in fact operate using co-operative principles of fairness, community “ownership” , not being for profit, co-operation and underlying it all, being child centred. These values are the backbone of the Co-operative ASC Charter.
LAYC has pulled together a raft of tailored services that seek to acknowledge the commitment to co-operative working and to directly assist ASCs to develop a more co-operative approach. These include:
- Grants to support collaborative work including with another Chartered ASC and other partners
- Paid mentoring time from a pool of experienced ASC Managers to provide tailored support
- “Charter only” training opportunities for staff teams – E.g Sports Leaders UK “Energy Clubs” – first seven in Scotland
” Loose Parts ” play sessions, training and support from Playbox Scotland
The Charter represents recognition by the City of Edinburgh Council – placing real value on the work done by parent led after school clubs and as a result is only open to Edinburgh based After School Clubs members of LAYC.
LAYC is very grateful for some funding and support from the Council in being able to launch this innovative Charter and look forward to working in partnership with the Council to provide Charter Mark ASCs with the additional support which would allow these groups to develop and sustain their affordable and accessible community based provision
LAYC has been one of a number partner agencies who have been involved in a recent research project that has reviewed an expansive range of contemporary world wide research that relates to the role and impact of universal or open youth work.
The results of that six month project have now emerged and a joint seminar by the Edinburgh Youth Work Consortium (EYWC) and Moray House School of Education (Edinburgh University) to launch those findings is being held in early April. Places were limited and unfortunately the seminar is now fully booked.
However, if you wish to receive a copy of the Executive Summary of the research please contact LAYC on firstname.lastname@example.org and an electronic copy will be forwarded onto you post seminar.
The new training for Spring 2015 has just been sent out so to see what training goodies we have available you can view or download using the above link.
More details are available on the training page or contact LAYC.
LAYC are working in partnership with Playbox and the Edinburgh City Council Play Development team to help enhance the play opportunities available to children using After School Clubs.
PlayBox is based on traditional scrap store play using recycled materials and Loose Parts (eg.tyres, tarpaulins, traffic cones, household goods like pots and pans and old computer keyboards). PlayBox runs out of a specially adapted shipping container at Gilmerton Community Centre as well as using a van to deliver outreach play sessions throughout Edinburgh.
Loose Part play is an affordable and sustainable option which will enable After School Clubs to provide more inexpensive play opportunities for their children, encouraging them to make their own decisions and manage their own risk. Through these play experiences children can experience problem solving, teamwork, negotiation and co-operation all while nurturing the development of self-confidence, creativity and physical skills like agility, balance and co-ordination.
Loose-Parts also taps strongly into environmental sustainability, as it helps to identify opportunities for play and creativity that are derived from recycled and scrap items, allowing children to take away valuable lessons in waste and recycling.
“PlayBox gives our children the opportunity to use their imaginations and creativity on a wider scale. The wide range of range of materials allows them to work together and as individuals. It is also provides great problem solving opportunities.”
PlayBox will work with After School Clubs as part of LAYC’s ASC Co operative Charter to provide:
– initial introductory training sessions for staff
– Outreach taster sessions which will provide after school clubs the opportunity to see how loose part play can work within your own environment
– Information resource pack
– Starter Packs of Loose Part resources
“Brilliant! Children were so engaged and loved exploring the different materials available to them.”
If After School Clubs decide that they want to to try to get their very own PlayBox, the project will assist with several of the stages required:
– Identifying clubs specific needs
– Planning, introduction and implementation of loose parts play
– Storage options
– Help with sourcing suitable loose part resources.
“I didn’t know junk could be so much fun!”
– 8 year old