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CHANGE: Childcare and Nurture, Glasgow East

CHANGE is a project working to create better childcare for communities in the East of Glasgow. It has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Good quality, flexible, affordable childcare services can help to mitigate the impacts of deprivation and build foundations and resilience that support children for life.

For many communities in Scotland the provision of affordable, accessible early years, after-school and holiday care is particularly poor.

This project aims to develop and implement a sustainably funded approach to the delivery of services that focuses on family and the local area.

This three-year project (2016-2019) has three primary aims:

  1. Create capacity: The project will create 414 new registered childcare places in neighbourhoods within the Shettleston and Calton areas of Glasgow for 0-12 year olds within a sustainable, long-term funding model;
  2. Support children and families: The project will develop an approach to childcare in a way that builds relationships, engages with and supports children and families, working directly with over 100 families;
  3. Improve outcomes for children and families: The service will positively impact on a range of individual, family and community outcomes.

We also aim to create systemic change, we will create and share our model in such a way that it can be adapted and applied in other communities in Scotland.

The project team will draw upon existing strengths and assets of our partners and work with them to embed new expectations of what can be achieved.

Core partners

Children in Scotland: Lead project team and with responsibility for delivering project outcomes.

Glasgow City Council: Providing senior staff resource to the project team and the support required to create a substantial childcare facility in the target area.

The Community: With the support of Thriving Places, the project will engage the community to model services and provision that meet needs.

Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH): The project’s evaluation partner, assessing the impact of this pathfinder on child, family and community wellbeing.


Contact: Sally Cavers,