Use Them Or Lose Them - The Case Of The Overlooked Childminder

Liz Bayram | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Liz Bayram

It seems that despite being registered with Ofsted and delivering a curriculum just like nurseries and pre-schools, many parents don't know they can access funded childcare places from a childminder and many local authorities are failing to embrace childminding as part of their local childcare offer.

A New Era for Childminding?

Liz Bayram | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK Parents
Liz Bayram

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.

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.

Child-Minding - Britain's Latest Weapon in Beating Obesity

Nigel Denby | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Parents
Nigel Denby

I went to meet a Child-Minding Association in Northamptonshire with over 8oo registered Child-Minders providing essential care for up to 24,000 children. They are also responsible for an innovative project to set standards of excellence in Food and Nutrition for Early Years Home Child-Care.

Top Five Life Tips to Teach Your Two-Year Old

Penny Tassoni | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Tassoni

Many new parents with young children often grow anxious over the challenges of young toddlers and in particular the famous tantrums of the 'terrible two' phase. In fact, two year olds are at one of the most fascinating phases of their development, and whilst it can be tricky, it is important to enjoy it too. ...

Learning Through Play Is Vital to Help Children Prepare for Life Challenges

Liz Bayram | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Bayram

We're seeing government and regulators place less and less emphasis on fostering children's emotional literacy and resilience, boosting social confidence and supporting their independence - all of which a play based-approach to learning delivers. These are vital to help children not only become school ready, but life ready, too.

The Numbers for Childcare Professionals Aren't Adding Up

Liz Bayram | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Politics
Liz Bayram

To truly tackle to the number of families struggling with the cost of childcare, we need to reflect on why childcare is key.

Clegg Blocks Tory Childcare Reform To Let Childminders Watch More Children

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has blocked Tory plans to allow nursery staff and childminders to look after more youngsters. Loosening the rules ...

Which Government Policy Does Nick Clegg Not Support?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Politics

One of the coalition's key reforms has been thrown into doubt after Nick Clegg signalled he did not support it. The government wants to allow child...

Childcare Is a Delicate Balance of Quality as Well as Cost

Liz Bayram | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Politics
Liz Bayram

In recent weeks, the debate around reducing childcare costs and improving quality has been confused. This has been most evident in the More Great Childcare proposals to increase adult:child ratios in nurseries and to change them in childminding settings. This is the clearest indication yet that for the Coalition government, cost is the biggest driver for change, not quality.

The Spiralling Cost Of Childcare

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK

More than two thirds of councils are failing to provide enough childcare, campaigners for have warned. Just one in five local authorities have enou...

Too Many Children 'Lack Basic Skills' When Starting School

PA | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK

Too many children are still starting school without the basic skills they need to learn, according to Ofsted's annual report. It is a concern that ...