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Providing Access to Childcare and Employment

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Social Innovation

Lead partner

Stad Mechelen

Date de début

01/10/2016

Date de fin

31/03/2021

Project budget

6 551 263

ERDF amount

3 930 758

ERDF rate

60%

    À propos

    Common challenge

    The PACE partnership gathered around issues concerning childcare, as they were convinced it is crucial in enabling many families with young children to combine work and family. They realised that in the 2 Seas area childcare was far from universally accessible: formal care was sometimes too expensive or difficult to access, while informal care depends on the family’s network and specific needs among other things. Based on research identifying the lack of affordable childcare as a major barrier to employment (Resolution Foundation, 2014) and because it reflected the conditions in the 2 Seas area, thirteen project partners decided to test new models of supporting parents into combining childcare and work. By supporting families to access quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services, PACE could strive to improve incomes, enhance participation in society and reduce child poverty. In fact, research also shows that the impact of good ECEC on children's development is visible throughout their school career. (Sylva, Melhuish, Sammons, Siraj-Blatchford and Taggart, 2004). 

     

    Main Achievements

    PACE came to a close in March 2021. The project has increased the access to childcare for 697 families. At the end of the project, 169 childcare workers were trained in engaging parents. Cooperation with welfare and employment services have been created, resulting in 544 parents for whom the distance to work has been decreased. Nearly 500 parents have gone through a PDP, have learned soft skills, and have learned labour market skills. In the research area 107 childcare centres adopted the tested method. The partnership also created a feasibility study which serves as a legal document and a practical handbook has been written in 3 languages on the "PACE method/model". It offers some concrete suggestions/models on how to do so and it outlines how flexibility can be achieved and at the same time provides stories and real-life testimonials. The findings are disseminated through the existing website www.mechelen.be/pace, where useful theoretical and practical documents can be downloaded, next to the PACE movie and the webinar that took place in September 2020.
    Partners were particularly proud of the manner in which they handled the covid-19 impact on the project. In fact, every project found ways to still work on the project and help children and parents and furthermore, they sought alternatives to physical events and meetings when needed. 

    The PACE team also produced even more than was initially foreseen in the application form (e.g. business toolbox: this toolbox explains how to organize accessible and flexible childcare businesswise. The toolbox consists of a folder, four concrete examples of business models and a template of a business model canvas that you can complete yourself. Also some top tips for businesses, childcare providers, employment agencies and training providers).

    Testimonial

    The project has increased the access to childcare for 697 families.

     

    …the different regions are still using the PACE learnings/findings and in some cases PACE is fully implemented in the daily routine.

    Partnership

    Partners

    Association des Centres Sociaux de Wattrelos

    Centre Social Jean Ferrat

    Karel de GroteHogeschool

    Arteveldehogeschool Gent

    Centre Social Eclaté

    Stichting voor de Haagse Jeugd Clubhuizen De Mussen

    Stad Gent

    Brighton and Hove City Council

    Kent County Council

    Stad Turnhout

    Sociaal Huis Mechelen

    Outputs

    Output title
    Type
    Target
    URL / Download
    30/09/2020

    PACE

    Thème: Innovative social servicesIntegration and education

    Testing accessible and occasional childcare places adapted to the needs of the target group.

    Type: Method/service
    Target: Citizens
    30/09/2020

    PACE

    Thème: Innovative social servicesIntegration and education

    Testing of methods of voluntary engagement and parental involvement.

    Type: Method/service
    Target: Citizens
    30/09/2020

    PACE

    Thème: Innovative social servicesIntegration and education

    Test of collaborative approach from within the childcare to remove barriers to employment ( routes)

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities
    30/09/2020

    PACE

    Thème: Innovative social servicesIntegration and education

    Test of education pack and coaching method to remove barriers and build up employment experience

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities
    30/06/2020

    PACE

    Thème: Innovative social servicesIntegration and education

    Feasibility study for upscaling including policy recommendations based on feedback of a focus group.

    Type: Feasibility study
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities
    31/10/2019

    PACE

    Thème: Innovative social servicesIntegration and education

    Childcare centre adapted to work on parental involvement and guiding parents to work.

    Type: Infrastructure/building
    Target: Citizens
    31/10/2019

    PACE

    Thème: Innovative social servicesIntegration and education

     Integrated childcare centre adapted to work on parental involvement and guiding parents to work.

    Type: Infrastructure/building
    Target: Citizens
    01/02/2017

    PACE

    Thème: Innovative social servicesIntegration and education

    Childcare centre developed in a community centre.

    Type: Infrastructure/building
    Target: Citizens