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Drumchapel Early Years Network

Social work, Education, Health Services and the Third Sector are working together to deliver a Network for all professionals working with the Early years (0-8 years) in Drumchapel. The aim of the Drumchapel Early Years Network (DEYN) is to offer opportunities for professionals working within early years to come together, share who we are and what we do and contribute to improving the lives of children in our area through shared learning, understanding and experience. The Network will use the Early Years Collaborative approach of rolling out and scaling up good practice and what works and trying new ways of working to see the impact made. The anticipated outcomes of the DEYN are ultimately about the families we work with:

  • Families get the right support at the right time
  • Life gets better for our children and families; and
  • Drumchapel is the best place in Scotland for children to grow up

By sharing information, working together, learning from each other, rolling out good practice, scaling up what works and trying new approaches, a positive impact will be made for our children, families and community.



The next Drumchapel Early Years Network Event

will be held in the Drumchapel Community Centre on

Wednesday 8th June 9.00am for a 9.30am start – 2.30pm

The theme of this meeting is

‘Making Drumchapel the Best Place in Scotland Grow Up’


Confirmed speakers include –


  • Dr John McKendrick – back by popular demand, John is a Senior Lecturer in the Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University. John’s primary research interests are on poverty (with a particular interest in children) and children’s play. John co-edited Poverty in Scotland 2014: The Independence Referendum and Beyond (CPAG, 2014) and have published reports on poverty, regeneration for The Hunter Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Common Weal.


  • Paul Brannigan - a BAFTA award-winning Scottish actor, best known for his roles in River City, The Angels' Share, Sunshine on Leith and Under the Skin. Paul grew up in the East End of Glasgow and will be sharing a bit about his life growing upand his break to the big screen.


  • Alice Sharp – is Managing Director of Experiential Play and is an expert in her field. Experiential Play is an exciting and dynamic training company who are specialists in the area of Early Childhood Practice. They are passionate about babies, toddlers and young children, their families and communities and the need for early year’s professionals to consider the ‘whole’ child. For over ten years, Alice and her team have developed training programmes that are designed to empower, enrich, motivate and revitalise staff working with children and families across all age ranges and settings.


There will also be workshops on the themes of - Parenting & Attachment, Play, Poverty and Family Learning in Times of Transition, along with a panel discussion


There will be plenty of networking opportunities and a chance to share and learn about all the good work going on across early years from partner agencies. Lunch will be provided and there will be the first ever performance of the DEYN choir.






Making a difference in the lives of children and families in Drumchapel by providing support, strengthening relationships and empowering families to make positive change.