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


23/01/2020 09:30




Free member event


About this event

Voices brings together the diverse knowledge, skills and experiences of our members to seek solutions for the most pressing issues affecting children in Scotland today. It is a fantastic opportunity to make valuable connections in the sector, as well as to explore and discuss topical policy areas with experts and officials.

Throughout 2019, our Voices Forum has focused on the different themes of our 25 Calls campaign, which we will continue into 2020. At this meeting, run in partnership with Dundee Voluntary Action, we will be covering the 'supporting children, families and communities' theme with a focus on the provision of early learning and childcare (ELC) in the context of the expansion of funded hours.

Hear from experts about how ready Scotland is for the expansion of ELC provision. Discuss your own work and influence our thinking on this key issue. Explore how the presentations that we hear on the day link with your local context and what Children in Scotland can do to support better outcomes for the children, young people and families that you work with.

We're delighted to welcome Alison Hay from CHANGE (Childcare and Nurture Glasgow East) as a presenter. We also hope to hear from Scottish Government officials on the progress towards early learning and childcare expansion.

About the Voices Forum

Combining participation from children and young people with thinking from our Children’s Sector Strategic and Policy Forum, the Voices Forum is a powerful collection of voices calling on decision-makers to improve children’s lives.

We want to work constructively with colleagues from across sectors to identify tangible actions that Children in Scotland can take forward with national decision-makers alongside our membership. It is also a chance to hear from representatives from the Scottish Government and other leaders in the sector and to ask them the questions you feel need to be addressed.

The Forum holds four events per year, complemented by opportunities for members to feed in their views and ideas remotely. Using the themes of our 25 Calls campaign as our focus, we identified a host of pressing issues which will be explored and pursued throughout the year.

To find out more about the focus of future Voices Forum meetings, please visit

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