Providing Access to Childcare and Employment
Priority AxisTechnological and Social Innovation
Project budget6 551 267 €
ERDF amount3 930 760 €
A lack of affordable childcare is identified as a major barrier to employment (Resolution Foundation, 2014). By supporting families to access quality ECEC (Early Childhood Education&Care) PACE can improve incomes, enhance participation in society and reduce childpoverty. Research proves impact of good ECEC on child development is visible through the whole school career. (Sylva, Melhuish, Sammons, Siraj-Blatchford,&Taggart,2004). PACE supports parents to return to/enter employment using an accessible childcare as a gateway, and improves the life prospects of vulnerable and deprived families.
PACE establishes research-backed tests that improve access to childcare, with special attention to employment of vulnerable families. PACE offers a method to use parental involvement, voluntary engagement, training and tailored employment programmes to remove barriers to participation, to labour market and society, including building relationships and community spirit. PACE, broadens skills of childcare staff and improves soft skills of volunteers and parents and coaches them towards employment, improving the living conditions and life prospects of vulnerable and deprived families.
Tests to improve childcare access and parent’s employment include centres of excellence, based on cross border learnings. Research, new work methods of childcare and guidance of parents towards employment, policy recommendations and best practices for childcares. Tests to improve parent engagement/awareness including skills training, trust building, self-help, introduction to wider services. PACE will improve vulnerable children’s life prospects through improved early years education, parents’ enlarged employment, training and strengthened community support.
Cross border approach
The 2 Seas area faces changing realities on citizenship of young children and complexity of labour market and requirements from job seekers. PACE develops common solutions to improve access to childcare and using the childcare for the parent’s access to the labour market at the same time. Cross border diverse expertise, common research, development of methods and monitoring of results is needed to achieve impact at 2 Seas’ scale most efficiently. Testing, sharing and blending results in sustainable model for childcare, particularly in settings that engage with vulnerable families.
Association des Centres Sociaux de Wattrelos
Centre Social Jean Ferrat
Karel de GroteHogeschool
Centre Social Eclaté
Stichting voor de Haagse Jeugd Clubhuizen De Mussen
Brighton and Hove City Council
Kent County Council
Sociaal Huis Mechelen
Kind en Gezin
Agentschap Integratie en Inburgering Provincie Antwerpen
Vlaamse Dienst voor Arbeidsbemiddeling
Samenlevingsopbouw Antwerpen provincie
Gemeente Den Haag
Assocation Nationale pour la Formation Professionelle des Adultes (AFPA)
Colline ACEPP Nord Pas de Calais
Plan Local d'Insertion pour l'Emploi (PLIE) Maison de l'Emploi du Roubaisis (MIE)