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.
For those with children this week marks the end of the school year which brings much excitement to children around the country, but economic worry to ...
Ultimately who can unite both the Tory party and Britain? It's a huge challenge, but now the men are out of it, the games can stop and the serious players can show that they really care - about ordinary families, their struggles with caring responsibilities and giving everyone, whatever their age, the best care and support.
I've been speaking at the NDNA Annual Conference and of course the burning question is: "What will our exit from the European Union mean for early yea...
I hesitate to add to the outpourings since the Brexit vote. The consequences of political and economic turmoil are already clear to see.
Namely to hold on to their commitments made at the last election and, among other promises, deliver the childcare support so many families need to balance work and home; as well as to invest in early years so that all our children, including the most disadvantaged, get the best start they deserve for our brave new world.
Financially we're okay from one month to the next. Except there's a list of things that need doing to the house as long as your arm. One by one we'll sort them out. When we do however, two more things appear on the list. Then there are the unexpected big expenses - for example three weeks before Christmas when the fridge freezer broke.
In many parts of the country, lots of childcare settings including the vast majority of childminders do not deliver the current 15 hours of free early education all 3- and 4- year olds receive. Increasing this to 30 hours for eligible children will only make matters worse.
Bonding with your baby the moment they are born is natural, right? Well actually it's not as straightforward as it may seem. In a survey by the National Childcare Trust, one third of new mothers say they struggle to bond with their baby. I say, that's not unusual at all, let me explain.
According to statistics from Carers UK, there are currently around 6.5 million people the UK who are carers and this figure is destined to rise with the prediction that there will be an enormous 9 million people caring for others by 2037.
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.
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.
Those that know me will know I can't resist a Disney connection but sadly this is not a fun filled article, it is a serious one that has huge repercussions for the childcare industry.
Care is in crisis. Growing numbers of older people need care, but fewer older people are actually getting help. That means more and more older people are paying for care themselves, or rely on family/friends, or struggle without help.
In January, David Cameron spoke about children's early years and the role of parents, calling it "the most important job we'll ever have". He took some flak for suggesting that parents deserve more support than we currently give them, but he was right. Focusing the Government's passion for improving life chances into a national programme to improve our children's development should be an open goal for the Prime Minister. I don't want him to hesitate and fluff his chance.
Today's Queen's Speech promises some significant steps forward for the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK today. While we share the Prime Minister's high ambitions for children, the proposed legislative changes are not, by themselves, a fix-all. Every child deserves to have a happy childhood and to get the support they need to succeed in life. They are our future.