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Job Cuts and Childcare
A report by the Daycare Trust warns that as unemployment rises, demand for nursery places will fall, leading to nursery closures. This will lead to a shortage of childcare places in certain areas, which could mean parents having to give up work to look after their children. The report urges the government to set up an emergency fund that councils can draw upon to provide childcare places.
see Daycare Trust for further details. (21.08.2009)
Pocket Money Surveys
A new survey has found that the average weekly pocket money for kids aged between 5 and 15 is £3.30.
-20% of children are allowed to spend the money on whatever they want, the most popular being sweets.
-16% of parents made their children save any part of their pocket money.
For further details see Raisingkids.co.uk (16.08.09)
Summer Holidays Bad For Childrens Learning
According to research for John Hopkins University, school children lose an average of two months learning over the summer holidays- if their parents fail to keep them “mentally active”.
They found that students consistantly scored lower marks in the same test, when tested at the end of the summer holidays and then at the beginning.
The key is to keep kids stimulated by visiting libraries, museams, taking part in summer camps. For instance when going on holiday, encourage them to explore local culture, and write about their experiences in a diary.
Ofsted Inspections Show Cause For Concern
Ofsted inspections have found that nearly one third of early years childcare providers are offering inadequate or satisfactory levels of service. Out of the 21,212 inspections carried out between September 2008 and June 2009, 842 were found to be inadequate, and 6057 were satisfactory.
One in twenty providers were inadequate in providing the controversial Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) dubbed the “curriculum for toddlers”, which many regard as too “prescriptive”. (01.08.09)
Big Drop In The Number of Registered Childminders
The number of registered childminders has fallen dramatically from 70,000 in 2003 to 60,900 in March this year, with the fall accelerating in the last year. There are fears this will lead to a shortage of childcare places in the coming summer holidays. Part of the blame is being put on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), dubbed the “curriculum for toddlers”, which many regard as too detailed to follow and bureaucratic for childminders to administer.
However the Daycare Trust believe that there has simply been a shift in demand for nursery places instead.
Lack of support for students with children
A survey by the NUS has shown that 60% of students with children have considered leaving their courses at some point. Problems with childcare led to more than half being late or missing lectures. Eight out of ten rely on friends or family for childcare. The NUS says there needs to be more information and support for students with children. “Many institutions don’t even know how many students with children they have on campus,” NUS vice president for welfare, Ama Uzowuru, said.
“Colleges and universities need to collect much more information about students with children, and about the support needed to help them through their course. Without this information, student parents will continue to struggle.”
Report says “grandparents should be paid for childcare”
You may have seen a report in the papers from charity Grandparents Plus concerning the free childcare grandparents provide. The charity is calling for the government to pay grandparents childcare tax credits if they are looking after their grandchildren, so parents can return to work.
One in four of all families and half of all single parents rely on grandparents to provide childcare each week. Of course those that have grandparents nearby to look after their grandchildren are very lucky, and more recognition of their contribution is to be applauded, but lets face it – paying them is a non starter.
Those that arent lucky enough to have that support, and have to rely on nurseries and childminders would not only have to pay for their own childcare BUT subsidise those that are lucky enough to rely on grandparents!
Meanwhile in Holland, government payments to grandparents who take care of grandchildren while their parents are working are to be stopped.Last year some 150,000 children were cared for by grandparents or by informal childminders at a cost to the government of €600m. Grandparents currently get up to €6 an hour. This fee is set to be cut to €2.50 next year.
Here at Letssharecare.com we get parents who register because they can’t rely on grandparents anymore. Reasons being – not living nearby, grandparents too elderly or they are suffering from poor health. Others are just looking to give their grandparents a bit of a break and be less reliant on them.
If you find yourself in this situation then why not register and find someone in your local area who is in the same situation.
STOP PRESS: Some limited recognition of this issue was forthcoming in the latest Budget. It was announced that grandparents who care for children below the age of 12 for 20 hours or more a week will be able to gain National Insurance credits towards the basic state pension from April 2011.
Daycare Trust Annual Survey
The Daycare Trust publishes a annual survey into childcare costs, including holiday and after school care. Some of the findings are:
-Average holiday care costs in England are £92 per week, £88 in Wales, and £83 in Scotland.
-Average after school care costs for 15 hours per week are £40 in England, £49 in Scotland, and £41 in Wales.
For full details www.daycaretrust.org.uk
Disclaimer:Please note the Daycaretrust are an independent charity. Their inclusion on this homepage does not in any way represent an endorsement of the Letssharecare.com service. The information and link provided is for information purposes only.
The Credit Crunch and Childcare
With all the recent bad economic news, we’re all having to think about tightening our belts. To try to make savings where we can, as well as trying to maximise our earnings- often meaning working longer hours.
With many parents now having to work, even more flexibility is required as far as childcare is concerned.
This is where Letssharecare.com makes perfect sense.
-Cheap and affordable
-Parents are CRB checked
-Not only are you a receiver of childcare, you are also a provider, therefore there is a mutually beneficial win/win relationship.
-You can share with many families, for increased flexibility
-You can amend your profile to reflect your changing circumstances and childcare needs.
-First hand feedback is available.
-Raise funds for your school. Remember part of your subscription is paid to your childrens school- if they are registered with us.
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