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childcare expansion: prioritise quality and inclusive practice, and ensure that the child’s experience is central

... childcare expansion: prioritise quality and inclusive practice, and ensure that the child’s experience is central 11 March 2020 Children in Scotland has responded to the issues raised by today’s Holyrood debate on childcare expansion and...

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childcare expansion delay must not risk losing long-term focus on reducing inequalities for children and families

... childcare expansion delay must not risk losing focus on reducing inequalities for children and families 1 April 2020 In response to the Scottish Government’s decision to remove the legal obligation for councils to deliver additional hours...

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childcare system ‘unusable’ for working parents, say campaigners

... childcare system ‘unusable’ for working parents, say campaigners Campaign group Fair Funding For Our Kids have again raised concern about the suitability of the Scottish childcare system and how it is serving working parents across the...


Access to childcare Fund

... Access to childcare Fund About the Access to childcare Fund The purpose of this fund is to support childcare solutions that enable more accessible and affordable childcare for families and to help to reduce the barriers parents and carers...


Children in Scotland to manage new Early Learning and childcare Inclusion Fund

... Children in Scotland to manage new Early Learning and childcare Inclusion Fund Children in Scotland will manage a new fund aimed at supporting early learning and childcare settings to meet the needs of children with additional support...

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Early Learning & childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund

... Our work Services Early Learning and childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund The sixth round of the Scottish Government's Early Learning & childcare Inclusion Fund is open to applications. You can submit an application to the Fund by...


CHANGE: childcare and Nurture project (Knowledge Exchange event)

... CHANGE: childcare and Nurture project (Knowledge Exchange event) When 26/09/2017 09:00 Where Glasgow Type Training Category Early childhood education and care About this event This free Knowledge Exchange event forms part of...


The Commission for childcare Reform and the childcare Alliance (2014-2015)

...The Commission for childcare Reform and the childcare Alliance This project ran from 2014 to 2015. Early in 2014, Children in Scotland developed the childcare Alliance, a network of partners including members of the public and representatives...


The Wee childcare Company

... The Wee childcare Company Angus provides the ideal setting for testing rural childcare provision, focused on flexible childcare booking systems, allowing parents to tailor their childcare to their needs. The ACF is enabling this company to...


Focus on quality in childcare welcome, but "smarter thinking" required on school start age

...Focus on quality in childcare welcome, but "smarter thinking" required on school start age Following the announcement today by Minister for childcare and Early Years Mark McDonald on the expansion of free early learning and childcare, Children in...

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CHANGE: childcare and Nurture - Policy and Participation Officer

... Back CHANGE: childcare and Nurture Glasgow East - Policy and Participation Officer Full time (fixed term until 30 September 2019) £23,697 -  £29,445 Glasgow and Edinburgh We have BIG Lottery funding until the end of September...


Effective engagement with staff and parents 'key to successful childcare expansion'

... Effective engagement with staff and parents 'key to successful childcare expansion' 4 Mar 2020 Children in Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Early Learning and childcare statutory guidance ahead of the...


CHANGE: childcare and Nurture, Glasgow East (2016-2020)

... CHANGE: childcare and Nurture, Glasgow East CHANGE (2016-2020) worked to create improved childcare for communities in the East of Glasgow. Led by Children in Scotland, the project was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. It was...

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Organisations from Shetland to Shettleston announced as successful applicants to Access to childcare Fund

... Organisations from Shetland to Shettleston announced as successful applicants to Access to childcare Fund 11 September 2020 Fifteen childcare providers from across Scotland have been announced as the successful applicants to the Access to...

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Providers and policymakers meet to discuss out of school services to mitigate poverty as Access to childcare Fund Network launches

...and policymakers meet to discuss out of school services to mitigate poverty as Access to childcare Fund Network launches 27 Oct 2020 A special online event today marks the commencement of the Access to childcare Fund Network, which...


Access to childcare Fund

...Access to childcare Fund The purpose of this fund is to support childcare solutions that enable more accessible and affordable childcare for families and to help to reduce the barriers parents and carers experience in accessing childcare. These...


Shetland childcare provider wins small business of the year accolade

... Shetland childcare provider wins small business of the year accolade 23 February 2021 A childcare provider supported by the Access to childcare Fund has won a major business award in recognition of how it responded to the challenges of...

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New fund will strengthen access to out of school childcare for low-income families

... New fund will strengthen access to out of school and holiday childcare for low-income families 6 July 2020 A new fund launched today aims to make childcare more accessible and affordable, particularly for low income families. The Access to...

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All local services providing childcare or play for children and young people need to be ‘here to stay’: funded on a long-term, secure basis, major four-year project finds

... All local services providing childcare or play for children and young people need to be ‘here to stay’: funded on a long-term, secure basis, major four-year project finds Media Release 4 February 2021 The final report of a major Scottish...

CHANGE childcare childminders community family Hub local services out of school care play practitioners services

The Indigo childcare Group

... The Indigo childcare Group Indigo (Castlemilk, Glasgow) provides all-through childcare for children from six weeks to 16 years and, as such, has extremely strong bonds with the families that use the service. The Fund will allow Indigo to...


Flexible childcare Services Scotland

... Flexible childcare Services Scotland The Fund is supporting two FCSS services, one the well-established FCSS service at Fintry, Dundee and the other a new service being set up at Fraserburgh. Both services are consulting with parents and...


CHANGE childcare: Childminder resource

... CHANGE childcare: Childminder resource The Clyde Gateway Childminding Project (CGCP) is a partnership project led by Clyde Gateway. The other partners involved in the project are the CHANGE project from Children in Scotland, the Scottish...


Voices Forum meeting: Early learning and childcare: readiness for 2020

... Voices Forum meeting: Early learning and childcare — readiness for 2020 When 23/01/2020 09:30 Where Dundee Type Free member event Category About this event Voices brings together the diverse knowledge, skills and...


Is the child really at the centre of early learning and childcare?

... Is the child really at the centre of early learning and childcare? 5 Sep 2019 A recent seminar led by developmental psychologist Dr Suzanne Zeedyk raised vital questions about our approach to the early years, writes Sally Cavers, Children in...


Clyde Gateway

...the family so that support feels integrated and full to that family. Access to childcare Fund homepage Click for...


Action for Children

... Action for Children Based in Moray, Action for Children is looking to test childcare provision in a rural setting with an established Employability Programme to encourage families into employment. The childcare will take place after school...


Hope Amplified

...support, many of whom are unemployed or on Universal Credit. They are using their funding to make childcare more affordable to families from the African Community to allow them time for work, training or study. In addition to using the ACF grant...


FUSE Youth Café

...Easterhouse with support from an ACF-funded Family Support worker. Access to childcare Fund homepage Click for...


Hame fae Hame

... Hame fae Hame Hame fae Hame, Shetland, is  working to develop flexible childcare options for families, both before and after school, with a particular focus on outdoor provision. They will use their family monitoring system to track positive...


Joint Interim Chief Executives take up roles

...of practical services on additional support for learning, mediation, and funding of inclusive childcare Find out more About us Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we...


"Halving child poverty by 2024 should be the floor, not the ceiling, of our ambition"

...told me “I was stranded, I had to feed my baby.” This is alongside lockdown, round-the-clock childcare and home schooling. We know poverty puts children at risk of poorer life experiences, opportunities and outcomes. As we emerge from the...


Inverclyde Council

...is looking to focus on outdoor play, health and wellbeing and the creative arts in its targeted childcare offer for families, including children with complex additional support needs. The ACF is supporting a trial of two OSC holiday hubs (one in...


Mobilise third sector services to give children and communities support in the fight against Covid-19

...to yesterday’s statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney, on schooling and childcare in Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Chief Executive Jackie Brock said: “We welcome the statement from the Cabinet Secretary for...

ASN childcare communities Covid-19 Education schools

CHANGE: Learning summaries

...far? The CHANGE Hub What have we learned so far? The CHANGE Approach What have we learned so far? childcare for children aged 0-2 What have we learned so far? Childminding in the CHANGE project area What have we learned so far? Play and youth...


Learning Week 2021 - Transcripts

...than breaking up: the rupture-repair cycle and relationships during the pandemic Dr Suzanne Zeedyk childcare and wellbeing in times of Covid: project outline The University of Edinburgh Parental experiences during the pandemic: what can we learn...


“Children don’t need shorter holidays or longer school days. They need more play”

...Mirin’s Out of School Club –  a recipient of funding from Children in Scotland’s Access to childcare Fund – explains why play is so fundamental to childhood and learning. This article was originally published by Inspiring Scotland as one...

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Media enquiries

...health and wellbeing Inclusion Poverty and inequality Early years and childcare. Many of our key policy positions are outlined in our 2021-26 Manifesto. Click here to access our Manifesto We are usually unable to...


News: Education Recovery plan is a missed opportunity, say teaching unions

...the mark say teaching unions Posted 6 Oct, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond Attainment childcare Education health and wellbeing The Scottish Government’s plans to support the recovery of the education sector have been...

Attainment childcare Education health and wellbeing

Contacts

...funds We manage two funds, focused on funding of inclusive childcare and making childcare more accessible and affordable, particularly for low income families. The Early Learning and childcare Inclusion...


2021 Elections to the Children's Sector Strategic and Policy Forum

...to support them to engage with the other services they use Early years, early learning and childcare & family support (2 places) – Your organisation works with children, young people and their families in the pre-school years to...


Programme for Government fails to commit to increasing Scottish Child Payment

...Scottish Child Payment Posted 8 Sept, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond early learning and childcare Education Mental Health Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has presented the legislative agenda and funding...

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Our reaction to the Programme for Government: family wellbeing fund welcomed but disappointment at lack of progress on child payment level

...health support, physical health and the vital opportunities to connect with others, are met. childcare “Children in Scotland welcomes the commitment to school-age childcare. From our projects and services, we know that children, young...

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Now is the Time – Challenge Poverty Week 2021

...68% live in households where at least one person works. The rising costs of housing, transport and childcare coupled with inadequate incomes are sweeping families into poverty and trapping them there. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By taking...


Stepping Stone for Families

...school holidays by offering discounted rates and increased flexibility. Access to childcare Fund homepage Click for...


Bringing confidence back to the community

...Jonathan explains how a grassroots, community-led organisation responded to a lack of childcare services and created Hope Amplified.   Hope Amplified is a community-led organisation. We work to support vulnerable and disadvantaged...


SupERkids

... SupERkids Focusing on providing high quality, parent-led childcare for children with significant or complex additional support needs in East Renfrewshire. The Fund will support supERkids to offer weekend provision to their families, using...


St Mirin's Out of School Club

...space within the school to build children’s confidence in the outdoors. Access to childcare Fund homepage Click for homepage Blog: Children need more play Margaret McLelland explains why play is so...


Support Help and Integration in Perthshire (SHIP)

...activities and play. In August 2020 SHIP was delighted to receive a grant through the Access to childcare fund. This grant was to allow SHIP to run after school clubs 5 days a week for children across Perthshire. By running the after-school...


Share because you care this Child Safety Week

...spending more time at home with young children, unemployed, on furlough or juggling work with childcare, and missing the valuable contact in the community they had been used to, and in some cases relied on. Reaching these families and sharing...

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LIFT

...nearly impossible. We have a high number of single parents who do not have a partner to help with childcare so the options were limited. We wanted to find out what hours parents worked, and when they would need the childcare. Feedback was that...


26 Sept 17 - CHANGE: childcare and Nurture project (Knowledge Exchange event)


CHANGE: childcare and Nurture project (Knowledge Exchange event)

Start date: 26/09/2017 09:00

... CHANGE: childcare and Nurture project (Knowledge Exchange event) When 26/09/2017 09:00 Where Glasgow Type Training Category Early childhood education and care About this event This free Knowledge Exchange event forms part of...


Voices Forum meeting: Early learning and childcare: readiness for 2020

Start date: 23/01/2020 09:30

... Voices Forum meeting: Early learning and childcare — readiness for 2020 When 23/01/2020 09:30 Where Dundee Type Free member event Category About this event Voices brings together the diverse knowledge, skills and...



childcare expansion: prioritise quality and inclusive practice, and ensure that the child’s experience is central

... childcare expansion: prioritise quality and inclusive practice, and ensure that the child’s experience is central 11 March 2020 Children in Scotland has responded to the issues raised by today’s Holyrood debate on childcare expansion and...

additional support for learning ASL Brexit childcare early learning and childcare Early years inclusion

childcare expansion delay must not risk losing long-term focus on reducing inequalities for children and families

... childcare expansion delay must not risk losing focus on reducing inequalities for children and families 1 April 2020 In response to the Scottish Government’s decision to remove the legal obligation for councils to deliver additional hours...

childcare Early years Families Health Inequality Scottish Government

childcare system ‘unusable’ for working parents, say campaigners

... childcare system ‘unusable’ for working parents, say campaigners Campaign group Fair Funding For Our Kids have again raised concern about the suitability of the Scottish childcare system and how it is serving working parents across the...


Children in Scotland to manage new Early Learning and childcare Inclusion Fund

... Children in Scotland to manage new Early Learning and childcare Inclusion Fund Children in Scotland will manage a new fund aimed at supporting early learning and childcare settings to meet the needs of children with additional support...

additional support needs childcare early learning funding

Focus on quality in childcare welcome, but "smarter thinking" required on school start age

...Focus on quality in childcare welcome, but "smarter thinking" required on school start age Following the announcement today by Minister for childcare and Early Years Mark McDonald on the expansion of free early learning and childcare, Children in...

Children Early years Families Jackie Brock Parents Scottish Government Support Wellbeing

Effective engagement with staff and parents 'key to successful childcare expansion'

... Effective engagement with staff and parents 'key to successful childcare expansion' 4 Mar 2020 Children in Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Early Learning and childcare statutory guidance ahead of the...


Organisations from Shetland to Shettleston announced as successful applicants to Access to childcare Fund

... Organisations from Shetland to Shettleston announced as successful applicants to Access to childcare Fund 11 September 2020 Fifteen childcare providers from across Scotland have been announced as the successful applicants to the Access to...

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Providers and policymakers meet to discuss out of school services to mitigate poverty as Access to childcare Fund Network launches

...and policymakers meet to discuss out of school services to mitigate poverty as Access to childcare Fund Network launches 27 Oct 2020 A special online event today marks the commencement of the Access to childcare Fund Network, which...


Shetland childcare provider wins small business of the year accolade

... Shetland childcare provider wins small business of the year accolade 23 February 2021 A childcare provider supported by the Access to childcare Fund has won a major business award in recognition of how it responded to the challenges of...

access to childcare fund business childcare community family funding resilience shetland

New fund will strengthen access to out of school childcare for low-income families

... New fund will strengthen access to out of school and holiday childcare for low-income families 6 July 2020 A new fund launched today aims to make childcare more accessible and affordable, particularly for low income families. The Access to...

childcare Families family support holidays Inequality out of school care Poverty

All local services providing childcare or play for children and young people need to be ‘here to stay’: funded on a long-term, secure basis, major four-year project finds

... All local services providing childcare or play for children and young people need to be ‘here to stay’: funded on a long-term, secure basis, major four-year project finds Media Release 4 February 2021 The final report of a major Scottish...

CHANGE childcare childminders community family Hub local services out of school care play practitioners services

Is the child really at the centre of early learning and childcare?

... Is the child really at the centre of early learning and childcare? 5 Sep 2019 A recent seminar led by developmental psychologist Dr Suzanne Zeedyk raised vital questions about our approach to the early years, writes Sally Cavers, Children in...


Joint Interim Chief Executives take up roles

...of practical services on additional support for learning, mediation, and funding of inclusive childcare Find out more About us Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we...


Mobilise third sector services to give children and communities support in the fight against Covid-19

...to yesterday’s statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney, on schooling and childcare in Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Chief Executive Jackie Brock said: “We welcome the statement from the Cabinet Secretary for...

ASN childcare communities Covid-19 Education schools

“Children don’t need shorter holidays or longer school days. They need more play”

...Mirin’s Out of School Club –  a recipient of funding from Children in Scotland’s Access to childcare Fund – explains why play is so fundamental to childhood and learning. This article was originally published by Inspiring Scotland as one...

academic access to childcare fund childcare community Learning out of school care outcomes play School skills

2021 Elections to the Children's Sector Strategic and Policy Forum

...to support them to engage with the other services they use Early years, early learning and childcare & family support (2 places) – Your organisation works with children, young people and their families in the pre-school years to...


Our reaction to the Programme for Government: family wellbeing fund welcomed but disappointment at lack of progress on child payment level

...health support, physical health and the vital opportunities to connect with others, are met. childcare “Children in Scotland welcomes the commitment to school-age childcare. From our projects and services, we know that children, young...

childcare Children's rights environment equality family support programme for government Wellbeing

Now is the Time – Challenge Poverty Week 2021

...68% live in households where at least one person works. The rising costs of housing, transport and childcare coupled with inadequate incomes are sweeping families into poverty and trapping them there. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By taking...


Bringing confidence back to the community

...Jonathan explains how a grassroots, community-led organisation responded to a lack of childcare services and created Hope Amplified.   Hope Amplified is a community-led organisation. We work to support vulnerable and disadvantaged...


Share because you care this Child Safety Week

...spending more time at home with young children, unemployed, on furlough or juggling work with childcare, and missing the valuable contact in the community they had been used to, and in some cases relied on. Reaching these families and sharing...

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Early Learning & childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund

... Our work Services Early Learning and childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund The sixth round of the Scottish Government's Early Learning & childcare Inclusion Fund is open to applications. You can submit an application to the Fund by...


The Wee childcare Company

... The Wee childcare Company Angus provides the ideal setting for testing rural childcare provision, focused on flexible childcare booking systems, allowing parents to tailor their childcare to their needs. The ACF is enabling this company to...


Access to childcare Fund

...Access to childcare Fund The purpose of this fund is to support childcare solutions that enable more accessible and affordable childcare for families and to help to reduce the barriers parents and carers experience in accessing childcare. These...


The Indigo childcare Group

... The Indigo childcare Group Indigo (Castlemilk, Glasgow) provides all-through childcare for children from six weeks to 16 years and, as such, has extremely strong bonds with the families that use the service. The Fund will allow Indigo to...


Flexible childcare Services Scotland

... Flexible childcare Services Scotland The Fund is supporting two FCSS services, one the well-established FCSS service at Fintry, Dundee and the other a new service being set up at Fraserburgh. Both services are consulting with parents and...


Clyde Gateway

...the family so that support feels integrated and full to that family. Access to childcare Fund homepage Click for...


Action for Children

... Action for Children Based in Moray, Action for Children is looking to test childcare provision in a rural setting with an established Employability Programme to encourage families into employment. The childcare will take place after school...


Hope Amplified

...support, many of whom are unemployed or on Universal Credit. They are using their funding to make childcare more affordable to families from the African Community to allow them time for work, training or study. In addition to using the ACF grant...


FUSE Youth Café

...Easterhouse with support from an ACF-funded Family Support worker. Access to childcare Fund homepage Click for...


Hame fae Hame

... Hame fae Hame Hame fae Hame, Shetland, is  working to develop flexible childcare options for families, both before and after school, with a particular focus on outdoor provision. They will use their family monitoring system to track positive...


Inverclyde Council

...is looking to focus on outdoor play, health and wellbeing and the creative arts in its targeted childcare offer for families, including children with complex additional support needs. The ACF is supporting a trial of two OSC holiday hubs (one in...


CHANGE: Learning summaries

...far? The CHANGE Hub What have we learned so far? The CHANGE Approach What have we learned so far? childcare for children aged 0-2 What have we learned so far? Childminding in the CHANGE project area What have we learned so far? Play and youth...


Learning Week 2021 - Transcripts

...than breaking up: the rupture-repair cycle and relationships during the pandemic Dr Suzanne Zeedyk childcare and wellbeing in times of Covid: project outline The University of Edinburgh Parental experiences during the pandemic: what can we learn...


Media enquiries

...health and wellbeing Inclusion Poverty and inequality Early years and childcare. Many of our key policy positions are outlined in our 2021-26 Manifesto. Click here to access our Manifesto We are usually unable to...


Contacts

...funds We manage two funds, focused on funding of inclusive childcare and making childcare more accessible and affordable, particularly for low income families. The Early Learning and childcare Inclusion...


Stepping Stone for Families

...school holidays by offering discounted rates and increased flexibility. Access to childcare Fund homepage Click for...


SupERkids

... SupERkids Focusing on providing high quality, parent-led childcare for children with significant or complex additional support needs in East Renfrewshire. The Fund will support supERkids to offer weekend provision to their families, using...


St Mirin's Out of School Club

...space within the school to build children’s confidence in the outdoors. Access to childcare Fund homepage Click for homepage Blog: Children need more play Margaret McLelland explains why play is so...


Support Help and Integration in Perthshire (SHIP)

...activities and play. In August 2020 SHIP was delighted to receive a grant through the Access to childcare fund. This grant was to allow SHIP to run after school clubs 5 days a week for children across Perthshire. By running the after-school...


LIFT

...nearly impossible. We have a high number of single parents who do not have a partner to help with childcare so the options were limited. We wanted to find out what hours parents worked, and when they would need the childcare. Feedback was that...



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CHANGE: childcare and Nurture - Policy and Participation Officer
post

... Back CHANGE: childcare and Nurture Glasgow East - Policy and Participation Officer Full time (fixed term until 30 September 2019) £23,697 -  £29,445 Glasgow and Edinburgh We have BIG Lottery funding until the end of September...


CHANGE childcare: Childminder resource
post

... CHANGE childcare: Childminder resource The Clyde Gateway Childminding Project (CGCP) is a partnership project led by Clyde Gateway. The other partners involved in the project are the CHANGE project from Children in Scotland, the Scottish...


"Halving child poverty by 2024 should be the floor, not the ceiling, of our ambition"
post

...told me “I was stranded, I had to feed my baby.” This is alongside lockdown, round-the-clock childcare and home schooling. We know poverty puts children at risk of poorer life experiences, opportunities and outcomes. As we emerge from the...


News: Education Recovery plan is a missed opportunity, say teaching unions
post

...the mark say teaching unions Posted 6 Oct, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond Attainment childcare Education health and wellbeing The Scottish Government’s plans to support the recovery of the education sector have been...

Attainment childcare Education health and wellbeing

Programme for Government fails to commit to increasing Scottish Child Payment
post

...Scottish Child Payment Posted 8 Sept, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond early learning and childcare Education Mental Health Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has presented the legislative agenda and funding...

early learning and childcare Education Mental Health

26 Sept 17 - CHANGE: childcare and Nurture project (Knowledge Exchange event)
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