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Daycare Trust considering meger

    News
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The Daycare Trust and the National Association of Family Information Services are expected to come to a decision this month about a possible merger.

Analysis: The hidden army of childcarers

    News
  • Tuesday, April 5, 2011
'Friends and family' and other unregulated childcarers are an overlooked but vast part of the provision used, says Anand Shukla, acting chief executive of the Daycare Trust.

To the point - How flexible can we be?

The Daycare Trust report, 'Open All Hours? Flexible childcare in the 24/7 era', published last week (News, 24 March), found that parents struggle to find childcare at weekends, evenings and overnight.

Pen Green goes into battle over children's centre cuts

    News
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The renowned Pen Green Centre for Children and Families has launched a nationwide campaign to save children's centres, after winning a temporary reprieve from funding cuts that would have seen the setting lose 1m over the next three years.

In My View - Once in a lullaby

There is something truly wonderful about the fact that children and carers today still love to sing 'Baa Baa Black Sheep'. The first written version of this song appeared in a book of nursery rhymes back in 1744. That makes it a very old sheep indeed. In a world where huge technological changes are occurring on an almost daily basis, it's comforting to know that some things last.

In my view - Centres work on work

Parents on benefits have to be actively seeking work when their children turn seven; next year it goes down to five. I run a programme that helps parents find work, and many say they are not ready for employment at this point. Some believe their children are too young; most, however, are not confident in their abilities, their skills or their chances of finding a job in the current labour market.

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