Development Phase Timeline
Parent Membership Launch
In January 2017, we launched our Parent Membership which offers parents the same benefits as our Mission Birmingham membership, including 2 days access to Impact Hub Birmingham a month, with an additional 12 hours of co-creche (co-working and creche) a month. This has built a strong community of parents / guardians who help embed the mission of #RadicalChildcare into the Impact Hub Birmingham community.
Mini Activists Programme
A five part series of afternoon workshops during the month of August with a focus on youth activism, community and creativity. To find out more about the Mini Activists programme in full visit bit.ly/HubMiniActivists
#RadicalChildcare Development Phase Launch
Work will begin on the pilot projects. These include citizen engagement, exploring parent-led innovation and research into the impact of short term childcare on childcare.
#RadicalChildcare Pilot Projects
This is an important first step for families locally to organise autonomous childcare and could eventually lead to more formalised and full-time provision. With investment from the Big Lottery Fund we would develop, co-design and deliver a co-creche series with a community in Birmingham. The aim of this is to understand the opportunities, barriers, challenges faced so we learn how to effectively invest in these ideas in the future.
Through a range of facilitated workshops using the open inquiry methodology, we will actively listen, test our assumptions, sense check our language and positioning as well as feelings around the shift in the political landscape, and growing a wider collective intelligence and insights into the challenge and opportunity.
Planning the 2 year programme
Drawing together our learnings, we will complete the second stage proposal for the two year #RadicalChildcare system accelerator to Big Lottery Fund. We will also be building a network of other funders and partners who wish to join the ambitious experiment.
Children + Families System Design Studio
This will be a period of intense, focused work to create dynamic systems mapping approaches to clarify the multiple relationships between different factors and actors underlying current outcomes for Birmingham’s children and families. For a focused period, we will be working with some of the world’s foremost systems change experts to build a broader picture – inspired by Helsinki Design Lab’s Ageing Studio.
Show + Tell
The final show and tell will share the work and outcomes of the developmental phase, an opportunity to convene #RadicalChildcare’s growing community. It will build upon our values of sharing learning, collective intelligence, participation, advocacy and transparency. This will be an open opportunity led by the team and participants from the development phase, and include stakeholders from the wider community who are working on childcare innovation.