Providing Business owner support and helping your Early Years and Childcare Business Prosper


Working in any business can be a lonely existence, especially when you are trying to keep all the plates spinning, from the day to day operation, managing staff to ensuring your business is sustainable and keeping ahead of your competitors. Being hands-on IN the business means you have little time to work ON the business. 

I have the skills and knowledge to help you identify and implement changes in your childcare business that will increase your profits and sustainability. I am confident that we can work together to help your childcare business prosper, building on the excellent work you have already achieved; identify ways of ensuring your sustainability and supporting you to grow from strength to strength. 

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Consultancy Awards 2015 - Winner

Ask Askew are proud to announce their success in the 2015 Consultancy Awards with Corporate Vision. 

Corporate Vision aim to put consultancy businesses in the spotlight as they recognise the importance of the role the right consultants can make to your business.

Aiming to advise, assist and provide vital information that informs and shapes vital strategy, consultants are becoming an increasingly vital part of the ever-evolving business landscape. 

For more information on the awards please visit the Corporate Vision website and read the write up on Ask Askew by Corporate Vision here.

The Face Behind Ask Askew

Maureen Askew CMgr MCMI

Director of Ask Askew

Maureen Askew is a highly qualified, experienced and discreet professional, with excellent references and over 30 years experience in the private, voluntary, maintained and public sector early years and childcare. I am a member of the Chartered Management Institute, I gained the prestigious status of Chartered Manager in 2007 and was re-accredited in 2010 and 2013. I trained as a 4Children Business Champion in 2013. I believe continued professional development is essential to personal and business success. I have been a member of the Institute of Consulting for several years and am a business mentor for the East Lancs Chamber of Commerce and Community and Business Partners In 2014 I gained the CMI level 5 Business support and SFEDI level 4 in Business and enterprise support and skills qualifications. As an accredited Growth Voucher advisor I was able to provide several businesses with funded support. I have volunteered on the Preschool Learning Alliance Lancashire County Committee for a number of years, I am a Trustee for Adventure Hyndburn and Trawden Forest CIO

'I aim to support you in operating and developing sustainable childcare that meets not only your needs but those of the community your serve.'

A Word From Maureen

Maureen's Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Management (DMS)

  • Level 5 Business support

  • Certificate in Management (CMS)

  • Certificate of Education Cert Ed (post graduate)

  • SFEDI Business Enterprise and Skills Support Level 4

  • Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education (ADCE)

  • D32/D33 assessor award

  • NCFE in Mentoring Level 2

  • Personality Profiling Specialist

Maureen's Background in Childcare

 I have worked in the childcare sector since leaving school;  I have been a registered child-minder, opened and managed a parent and toddler group and then pre-school. I have worked in full day care and sessional care,  in the private and voluntary sectors.

I have close links with the Pre-school Learning Alliance (PsLA);  renamed  in 2018 Early Years Alliance; at local and regional level. The Diploma in Management (DMS) increased my business acumen. Which was refined whist working as a project officer for the PLA, and LA's advising childcare providers on the business and management side of operating childcare. My knowledge, skills and experience of business,  was enhanced whilst implementing government strategies and initiatives. 

I have experience of  a wide range of  initiatives including; Neighbourhood Nurseries, two, three and four-year-old funded entitlement, capital grant funding, sustainability funding /initiatives, to list a few.

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Partnership working with colleagues from across all sectors, including independent nursery schools, private, voluntary and committee run pre-schools and nurseries, local authority nursery schools, Sure Start centres, day nurseries, out of school and holiday care in the private and voluntary sector and FE colleges helped develop my people management skills.

I have a Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) and have tutored both short and qualification childcare courses at FE colleges across Lancashire and Yorkshire; I also hold the NVQ assessor award D32/D33.
I was instrumental in producing the very successful ‘How to survive in the nursery business’ DVD, which continues to provide invaluable advice and guidance to both new start-ups and existing childcare across all sectors.

'Maureen is a very insightful and inspirational person, her advice having been a great help to me while I have been setting up my business. In whatever she does, she is very thorough, forward looking, strategic, practical and honest, with a high level of attention to detail.

She also offers a considerable amount to the wider community with her involvement in lots of charitable and people related causes and activities, which she does voluntarily with a high degree of passion, in addition to running her own very successful business.'

Mick Corrigan, Business & People Coach. Associate at i2i and SmithCarey

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