Inclusive Growth

Time: 12:30 - 13:30

Date: Day 2


Supporting inclusive growth through ELC infrastructure investments

Speaker: Lynn Taylor, North Ayrshire Council

Driving inclusive growth in the Northeast villages through return-to-work opportunities and culture change

Following the completion of Early Learning and Childcare expansion projects, the Moray ELC Project Board began focusing on how it could fully utilise and realise the benefits of its enhanced, high quality ELC estate. Whilst it is too early to the quantify the impact of the investment in many of Moray’s recently refurbished or new build nursery settings, the coastal town of Buckie has begun to see some of the transformative effects of the programme.

The Council-run Lady Cathcart nursery which offers 52 places for 2-4 year olds is seeing positive outcomes for children and families within the community.

Speakers: Robin Paterson, Moray Council


ELC Infrastructure investments made with a focus on reducing deprivation

Whilst identifying areas for expansion of new ELC facilities, South Lanarkshire Council also considered its corporate objectives contained within ‘South Lanarkshire Connect’, which is the Council Plan for 2017-22. The Council’s expansion programme involved 26 individual projects, including nine new ELC centres.  75% of these projects were located or serve areas of South Lanarkshire which are identified as within the 20% of Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) areas.

These new facilities provide high-class childcare and employment opportunities for the residents of these areas. South Lanarkshire also comprises of an extensive rural area where childcare and employment opportunities are limited without significant travel. To assist the sustainability of these rural communities and to provide employment opportunities locally, several new or expanded facilities have been provided as part of the programme. The programme has also assisted the Council’s economic regeneration priority of sustaining and improving town centres.

Speaker: Vance Sinclair, South Lanarkshire Council

Tots and Teens initiative in East Lothian

East Lothian Council’s ‘Tots & Teens’ initiative is a joint project of council departments, including the Early Years and Childcare Team, Educational Psychologists and staff from secondary schools, and offers both childcare facilities and an opportunity for teenagers to learn more about pre-school children and to consider a career in childcare.

East Lothian Council established a Tots & Teens programme at Knox Academy in Haddington, using what was designed as a Crèche room when the school was first built.  This room had remained unused for some time.  In discussion with Knox Academy, it was agreed that the room could be refurbished and used to create playgroup opportunities for children within the local community.  This also presented an opportunity for the school to be involved and it was agreed that S3 pupils could help in the playroom.

Over time pupils, some of whom were reluctant school attenders, spent more time in the playroom and strong, trustworthy relationships developed between pupils and staff.  As a result, some pupils have moved on to take up a career in childcare, and whilst others have decided that childcare is not for them, they have left school with knowledge and experiences that can support them in the future.

Speaker: East Lothian Council



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