Childcare Costs

How £6bn Investment In Early Years Boiled Down To A Very Small Change Of 40p

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK
Purnima Tanuku

30 'free' hours childcare in England has been on the way since May 2015 when this new idea helped the Conservatives to win the general election that y...

A Vision Of A Family Friendly Music Industry

Vick Bain | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Parents
Vick Bain

I don't talk often about my experiences of balancing a career in the music industry with being a parent - it is something I, alongside thousands of others, just get on and do. But my start to parenthood was perhaps tougher than many - my partner left me whilst I was pregnant and my twins were born two months premature.

More Hours Must Not Come At The Expense Of Quality, Or The Future Of Disadvantaged Children

Lucy Powell | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Politics
Lucy Powell

We are in danger of losing sight that only the highest quality early education and childcare reaps social and economic dividends. Britain desperately needs a new childcare strategy so we can get the greatest bang for our buck.

Getting an Au Pair - A Cultural (and Literal) Education

Bec Baxter | Posted 05.08.2017 | UK Parents
Bec Baxter

To find my first au pair I contacted a reputable agency and paid a fairly hefty fee to bring over a French 23-year-old girl. We interviewed her on Skype and she seemed really friendly but quite shy. Her English was very basic but we were assured that it was of an 'intermediate' level and that she would become more confident when she got to know us..

Expensive Costs and Shortages Revealed by Latest Holiday Childcare Survey

Gordon Cameron | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK
Gordon Cameron

As the schools break up, children all over the country will be celebrating the start of a long summer holiday. For most of their parents however, work and other commitments carry on as normal, except now they have the additional task of finding childcare for the next six weeks.

30 Hours Free Childcare Entitlement - Will You Get It?

Sam Gyimah | Posted 03.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sam Gyimah

Last year, we spent a record £5billion on this support, but we know that for some parents high childcare costs are still an issue. As parents, you will know how difficult families find weighing up the cost of returning to work or taking on more hours with the cost of childcare.

How a Matter of 62p Saved the Government's key 30 Free Hours Trial

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Politics
Purnima Tanuku

62p doesn't quite buy you a first class stamp but this modest sum has averted the collapse of a hotly-anticipated Department for Education pilot scheme.

We Need Innovation In Childcare in London

Rachel Carrell | Posted 26.03.2017 | UK Parents
Rachel Carrell

Where I live, in a fairly ordinary part of North London, a full-time childminder or nursery place can cost over £20,000. For one child. If you have two children, you're looking at nearly twice that. Childminders charge per child, as do nurseries.

Beyond Party Conferences to the Spending Review

Stephen Burke | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The annual party gatherings are over; clear lines have emerged between the main parties; and now all eyes will revert to Parliament as the stage for the next bout of jousting. Debates will range from tax credits to trade union rights to immigration.

Doubling Free Childcare - But at What Cost?

Nigel Denby | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK Parents
Nigel Denby

The Government has costed the doubling of free childcare from 15 hours to 30 hours a week for three- and four-year-olds at £350 million a year. Meanwhile, experts within the sector suggest the real costs to Childcare providers at more like at £1.5billion a year- so who's right?

PACEY - Childcare Survey Shows Sector at Odds With Government Policy

Liz Bayram | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Liz Bayram

Most childcare professionals support the plans to increased early education for all three and four year olds. They know it will do a lot to help families manage the cost of childcare. So we want to work with government to make sure that significant new investment delivers high quality places for our young children.

Improved Parental Leave: The Way to Have Children and a Career

B.J. Epstein | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

The work of raising children doesn't seem to be viewed with real respect. If it were, parental leave for working parents would be fully paid, it would last longer, and it would include equal amounts of time for both parents.

Daddy Daycare?

Dalia Ben-Galim | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dalia Ben-Galim

In just a few months from now some new dads will have more options in how they use their parental leave. The new scheme will allow parents to share leave after their child is born, allowing more mothers to return to work - but the question is how many dads will take this leave?

The Tax-Free Childcare Scheme Is One Step Forward, One Step Back for Affordable Childcare

Ellen Broomé | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Ellen Broomé

The tax-free childcare scheme has been widely welcomed but there are important questions about the effect the scheme will have on childcare prices. If the scheme contributes substantially to price inflation in childcare, not only will its value will be eroded over time, but it could reduce access for those families least able to afford childcare.

No Shortage of Words on 'Tax-Free Childcare', Nor Sensationalism... Just One Question - What's Happened to the Mission to Explain?

Anand Shukla | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Politics
Anand Shukla

A few years ago, just after becoming Chief Executive of what was then the Daycare Trust, I took part in an ITV news website discussion with parents on childcare. At the time, uppermost in my mind were threats to children's centres and cuts to support for parents with childcare costs.

Major Gaps in Childcare Are a Symptom of a System on the Wrong Track

Ellen Broomé | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Ellen Broomé

If paying a sum similar to a monthly mortgage payment in childcare costs wasn't enough of a challenge for working parents with young children, finding childcare is itself a major hurdle.

The Government Doesn't Understand the Childcare Crunch on Families and the Economy

Lucy Powell | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Politics
Lucy Powell

Over recent weeks there has been mounting evidence of the impact that increasingly high childcare costs are having on family budgets and our economy. Yet the government seem to be in total denial.

Careers and Carers: Would Some Stay at Home Mums Prefer to Work?

Vidhya Alakeson | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Vidhya Alakeson

Despite significant investment in childcare over the last decade, two thirds of mums still find the high cost of childcare to be a barrier to work. For those who are in work, a lack of employer flexibility can also get in the way.

Parents Need More Than Lip-Service From Mayor and Government

Dr Onkar Sahota | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Onkar Sahota

Childcare professionals know that for many parents, the cost of childcare is so high that they will never go back to work because it simply does not pay for them to do so. The London Assembly's report stated that 63% of working parents said the cost of childcare had affected their decision about whether or not to work, and 73% said it affected how many hours they worked.

How I Avoid Pay Rate Awkwardness with Babysitters

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

The problem is, you have been so preoccupied with the planning of this special event that you have overlooked one or two practical issues... what to pay her and what food you should have in your pantry for her and the children to rummage through (I mean, isn't that what babysitting is all about?!)

Who's Breadwinning Now?

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Sutherland

One in three working mothers is now the main earner in their homes - this is an overwhelming 80% rise in the last 15 years. The report shows that maternal breadwinning has increased for all family types, for all age groups and across all income groups.

Nick Clegg's Announcement on Childcare Ratio Reforms Is Welcome, But Greater Challenges for the Sector Remain

Liz Bayram | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Politics
Liz Bayram

Childcare professionals and families across the UK breathed a sigh of relief last week following Nick Clegg's decision to block Government plans to increase childcare ratios... Yet whilst the announcement is positive news, there remains a great deal of sector concern around other proposed reforms, which are equally concerning.

Let Them Play

Julie Lightley | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Lightley

What many of us who work with young children fear is that this model may lead us to children as young as two being rushed on to tasks they are not developmentally ready for, such as colours, numbers and reading. We need to remember what's at the heart of this issue - and that's the well-being and happiness of our children.

Mums: Damned if We Do, Damned if We Don't (Work)

Hillary Graves | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hillary Graves

The point is that being a mum, whether you are working or not working, is no easy feat. Shouldn't we be supportive of each other regardless of our choice (or non-choice) about whether to work or not? At the very least, surely we shouldn't pass judgment on each other.

State vs. Parent: The Crowding Out of Choice

Robin Koerner | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK
Robin Koerner

When welfarism fails most spectacularly, it is usually because it attempts to treat a perceived social or economic problem without understanding -- le...