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.

  • 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