One Stop Childcare
One Stop Childcare came into being on 1 January 1998 as a group of registered childcare services located in and catering for parents in Wester Hailes and the West Edinburgh area. It is a community organisation with charitable status, governed by a Board of Directors including parents and local residents. The organisation has gone from strength to strength, offering an extensive and diverse community childcare service in Edinburgh. One Stop currently employs around 60 permanent staff and over 40 sessional childcare workers. The company aims to foster a supportive working environment based on respect and trust. In March 2001 One Stop was recognised as an Investors in People organisation. This is a national quality standard and demonstrates that the company is both business-like and people-centred in the .way it functions.
One Stop is also committed to enterprise. As an organisation operating in the social economy, the company recognised the advantages of combining a social inclusion/economic regeneration agenda with wider trading activities. In January 2002, One Stop Enterprise Ltd was therefore set up to provide creche services to external clients. Their portfolio now includes small community-based groups, a number of large charities requiring creche support for conferences, meetings and promotional events of their own and commercial companies. The company is able to offer creches throughout the central belt of Scotland and plans are in hand to extend the work to include support for new childcare start-ups.
One Stop Childcare runs two under fives centres, five out of school care playcentres and wraparound nursery care. In addition the company oversees the development of childminding in west Edinburgh and offers full-day holiday care for 3- 14 year olds.
In 1999 One Stop gained 3-year funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to run a Bookstart Project - part of a national scheme to encourage parents to read with their babies and young children. Free bookbags, storytelling sessions and other family learning events helped local children to develop their enjoyment of words, poems and stories. At the conclusion of the three year funding period, the City of Edinburgh Library Service incorporated the project into its own activities thus ensuring that One Stop achieved a key goal for this project: to demonstrate the value of such a service in preparing children for school and raising parents' confidence with regard to reading and books.
The organisation is owned and managed by the community through a voluntary Board of Directors, elected and co-opted by the members of the company.
Being a member of One Stop Childcare means having a stake in the company. All parents become members of One Stop automatically once their children are users of the service. The company's quarterly newsletter is fast developing a wide reputation for lively reporting, with an increasing proportion of the content provided by the children themselves. Effective communication is at the heart of what One Stop aims to achieve, whether it is in the form of profiles of children's progress for parents, an in-house video of two-years old playing happily in the play room for a parents' evening, newsletters and bulletins, invitations to attend EGM or the AGM – or a chance to participate in one of the regular fund-raising fun activities.
The Board of Directors, of whom a majority are either parent users or local residents, meets at least once a month either in full Board or in sub-committees. Directors share responsibility for the sound management of the agency, scrutinising finances and results. Directors are also responsible for setting the policy framework for the agency from which business plans, funding applications etc are then developed.
For further information, contact:
One Stop Childcare
17 Calder Grove
Tel: 0131 476 7800
Fax: 0131 476 7802
The Chief Executive and the Communication and Development Co-ordinator can be found at:
4/2 New Lairdship Yards
Tel: 0131 477 7812 (Chief Executive)
Tel: 0131 477 7811 (Communication and Development Co-ordinator)
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