Oxford Early Years
 

RAPID ACTION LAB

CLOSING STUDIO

6th SEPTEMBER 2018       |      ROSE HILL COMMUNITY CENTRE

 "How can we work together to address priority needs for children aged 0-5 in Oxford?"

 
 

The Closing Studio of the Oxford Early Years Rapid Action Lab invited the Lab Team to showcase their work from over the last 3 months to stakeholders from across the local community. The afternoon afforded the team time to reflect on their experience during the Cycle 1 and decide whether to take their initiatives forward into the inter cycle period running from September to December 2018. All 5 action teams opted to continue their work.

Below you will find documentation from the Closing Studio, including: Day Summary; Outputs: Action Teams & Prototypes; and Evaluation Data.

 
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FLOW OF THE DAY

 

10:15 - Welcome & Story of the Lab

10:45 - Action Team Showcase

Each Action Team setup a showcase station and the local stakeholders were invited to explore the work space and ask teams about their work.

11:15 - Community Conversation Cafe

  • What is growing here that feels valuable to cultivate further for both Oxford & the Early Years space?

12:05 - The Long View: Oxfordshire City Council Reflection

12:15 - Lunch

13:15 - Intercycle Briefing

13:30 - Team Retrospective & Check Point

14:30 - Cycle 1 Check Out Circle

15:00 - End
 

 

OUTPUT: ACTION TEAMS & PROTOTYPES

 

ACTION TEAM 1

 
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Oxford Natural Education Support (OXNEST)

Focus: (1) Community resilience (2) keeping families together (3) preventing families getting to crisis 

Hypothesis: Supporting positive parenting creates a vital ecosystem to meet priority needs for children aged 0-5.

Description: OXNEST aims at providing high quality, affordable  and accessible  training, support and events for people who work with or support children and families in Oxford.

Team

  • Annie Davy

  • Nicola Taylor

  • Fiona Henderson

  • Anna Cox

  • Doireann Lalor

  • Shilpa Bhatt

Action Team 2

 
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Joining the tots

Focus: curating information  

Hypothesis: families in need of services will benefit from simple information access tools, such as a physical service map.

Description: An initiative will create a set of simple information access tools and a network of ‘Community Navigators’, to support the priority needs of ‘invisible’ 0-5 years Children and their families in the Florence Park area.

Team

  • Dave Tullett

  • Lydia Hodgins

  • Cheryl Huntbach

  • Ben Hamilton

  • Clare Crossley

Action Team 3

 
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IN THE LOOP

Focus: volunteer training 

Hypothesis: Increasing the number and quality of volunteers in the sector will help children with priority needs

Description: Empowering parents to empower families - training and support programme for parents wanting to support families with 0-5's.

Team

  • Ginnie Herbert

  • Kathy Peto

  • Emily Grant

  • Karen Porter

  • Ellie Clarke-Jacques

  • Jacqui Gitau

Action Team 4

 
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Little Ones Learning at Home (LOLAH)

Focus: language development, home learning environment

Hypothesis: Providing families with a “doorway” to literary experiences will help language development and impact the home learning environment

Description: A library-based initiative encouraging parents / carers & children to use the home learning environment to support social, emotional and language development.

 Team

  • Siobhan Salter

  • Rebecca Matthews

  • Sally Smith

  • Daisy Brown

  • Mary Taylor

Action Team 5

 
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Oxplorers

Focus: Connecting Existing Early Years Space

Hypothesis: Enabling access to multiple types of existing early years spaces will help children with priority needs.

Description: This initiative focus on developing better use of spaces to deliver early years services and generate income with the sector.  Using food, arts & crafts, storytelling, etc. to build stronger communities and better opportunities for the young and their families.

Team

  • Beth Knighton

  • Carol Lister

  • Lisa Fern

  • Simon Barnard

  • Lisa Mansour

  • Anna Thorne

 

EVALUATION

 

INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL - +Knowledge

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+OPTIMISM

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SOCIAL CAPITAL - +TRUST

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HUMAN CAPITAL - +SKILLS

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