Category Archives: News

Saturday fun with the Dads’ Club

The Dads’ Clubs in Edinburgh organise free activities and outings each Saturday for single fathers and their young children, including men who only see their children for part of the time. A recent Saturday trip to the Queensferry Lifeboat station was fun …

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Interest on rent-to-own purchases capped to save people millions

For those living in poverty and low-income households, shopping for essential goods can be literally more expensive. Every family home needs furniture and appliances. But affordable credit, never mind paying for such products up front, is beyond the reach of …

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A Royal invitation

Over the last year and a half, Anne Baldock (pictured above with FM Nicola Sturgeon MSP) from OPFS took taken part in the Best Start Grant expert working group. The group contributed to the legislation, design and delivery of the …

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OPFS celebrates 20 years of delivering Flexible Childcare Services

Twenty years ago, in the city of Dundee a little acorn was planted when One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) were officially registered to provide a flexible, home based, childcare service for the very first time. This was the first time …

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Single Parents Are Under Pressure

Three-quarters of single parent families are now living below the publicly accepted ‘Minimum Income Standard’ according to new research by Loughborough University. What are the key factors that cause most single parent families from reaching an adequate income? Despite the …

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OPFS responds to new research on adverse childhood experiences

One in ten Scots children experience multiple traumatic life events such as parental separation, bereavement or neglect says Edinburgh study. Research launched today, by the University of Edinburgh, looks at the occurrence of seven types of adverse childhood experiences (ACE’S) …

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Scottish Government tour Dundee Flexible Childcare Services

Flexible, affordable, accessible and high quality early learning and childcare. Is it possible? Can it work? Our Dundee and Aberdeenshire flexible childcare services (FCSS) are living, breathing, caring, playing and learning proof that yes, it is totally possible to provide …

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Christmas Party for children in Aberdeenshire

In addition to the home-based childcare and mobile creche the Flexible Childcare Service in Aberdeenshire regularly provides support to children with additional support needs. A highlight each year for the children is the Christmas party held at The Tufted Duck …

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New Mental Health & Wellbeing Service from OPFS

In line with our mission, OPFS is delighted to launch our new Mental Health & Wellbeing Service. Funding for this service comes from a successful application to the UK Government’s Tampon Tax Fund. The aim of the service is to …

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Highland childcare charity saved from threat of closure

One Parent Families Scotland supporting Highland childcare service to continue Direct Childcare, an innovative service covering the Highlands and Moray that provides safe, professional childcare was due to close at the end of last year due to financial constraints. It …

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