The Commission for Childcare Reform – interim report.

Childcare Reform

The Commission’s draft recommendations are based on its vision for the future of childcare in Scotland.They believe high quality childcare should meet children’s learning, development and care needs over the course of the child’s day, including where the child attends more than one type or location of registered childcare provision that day.
The Commission is considering childcare for both pre-school and school-age children.
The interim report is intentionally provisional but sets out draft recommendations and constructive proposals for change and invites wider discussion of this vital issue.In total, the interim report contains 18 draft recommendations, including some specific proposals on how the vision might be achieved in practice.
It reflects a belief in simple, fair and easy funding of childcare and proposes a single Child Account as a mechanism to deliver on this principle.The recommendations include a key 50 hours per week call, and also argue that childcare services need to be arranged and co-ordinated locally through a network of ‘local bodies’.
The Commission are very keen to gauge reaction to these proposals and look forward to testing them out through further consultation work, specifically a series of workshops to be held in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee (and virtually) in the coming months.

For the full report CLICK HERE

Re-thinking universal youth work

Last week saw the launch of a literature review on the impact of universal youth work, timely as it’s comes at a time of genuine concern about the future of youth work in Scotland.

The review coincides with the new National Youth Work Strategy (2014 – 19) which focuses the attention of young people, practitioners, and policy makers on the importance of youth work and an unprecedented engagement amongst young people post referendum with the political process and the reality of democratic participation.

Youth work has always dreamt of this.

The findings from the review also present a number of challenges. How do we continue to celebrate the best of youth work practice in an environment where public services are subject to radical surgery? How can we draw on real evidence about the way we work, rather than what we would like to hear? How can we invest time, energy, and resources to help us better understand the long term impact of youth work? Where does universal youth work sit within the National Youth Work Strategy?

The evidence highlights the positive contribution universal youth work does make to health and wellbeing outcomes, improving formal educational and impact on employability whilst providing a safe yet challenging spaces for personal and social development learning.

The review is a small (but beautifully shaped) pebble in a large pool. It is hoped the ripples will be felt by many and it can create a wave that will shape youth work in the years to come.

The next stage is to engage the wider youth work sector, including young people themselves, to collectively gathering the evidence base for universal youth work.

Thanks are due to: The Robertson Trust, YouthLink Scotland, and Youth Scotland for funding; The University of Edinburgh for hosting and managing the research; The Edinburgh Youth Work Consortium for initiating and guiding the work; LAYC for back room support; NHS Lothian and NHS Health Scotland for providing in-kind support and Dr Callum McGregor for doing the research.


Gylemuir After School Club have sent LAYC this photograph of their  Noticeboard proudly displaying their  new  Co operative ASC Charter certificate.IMG_2520

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

  • Access to study space and course materials for those undertaking trainingASC Co-operative Charter

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


New training programme for 2015!

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.

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