Maureen's Blog For Ask Askew

 My blogs aim to provide childcare business owners and managers with relevant business and childcare related information.

I am a Business Consultant specialising in the childcare sector. I am an active member of the Chartered Management Institute, Institute of Consulting, Federation of Small Businesses and the Chamber of Commerce.

I have been a Chartered Manager since 2007 I am also a 4Children Business Champion. I write feature articles for 2 childcare/family magazines, on issues that are of interest to families and childcare providers. I have been involved in childcare for over 35 years.

A life time ago starting with my NNEB training, I have been a registered Childminder, owned and managed pre-schools and full day care, worked as a paid employee and volunteer for the Pre-school Learning Alliance, delivered qualification and short childcare courses in FE colleges across Lancashire and North Yorkshire and worked as part of the early year’s teams at Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton LA for over 15 years.


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9 Mar 2018


Use our handy checklist to help you assess where your business is now in terms of GDPR compliance (Tick when completed)
1. You have conducted an audit on what personal data you hold, where the data came from and who it is shared with.
2. You have identified the lawful bases for processing data and have documented it.
3. You have reviewed how you ask for and record consent for processing data.
4. You have a system to record and manage on-going consent.
5. Your business is currently registered with ...

30 Jan 2018


The GDPR – general Data Protection Regulation comes into force on May 25th, 2018

Are you ready?

The new GDPR replaces the  current data protection act and introduces new provisions, including enhanced accountability and new procedures for handling data breaches, and data access requests.  The new regulations apply to all businesses from major corporates to sole traders.

All nurseries, preschools and registered childminders keep data, think staff, parents and children, yes this will impact on your nursery

The regulations cover ‘sensitive personal data’ and personal data. Personal data is any information relating to an identified person or someone who ...

29 Mar 2017

Tax Free Childcare

What is Tax-Free Childcare?

Tax-Free Childcare is a new UK-wide scheme to help working parents pay for childcare. For every £8 a parent pays, the government will pay an extra £2 towards their childcare costs – up to £2000 per child, per year (or £4000 for children who are disabled). Tax-Free Childcare will be available for children up to the age of 12 (or 17 for disabled children).

The introduction of the government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme will begin on 28 April, for parents of the youngest children. It will be gradually rolled out over 2017 - by the end of 2017 ...

15 Jul 2016

Are you planning to deliver 30 Hours free entitlement?

Concerned about impact of delivering the Free 30 hours on the sustainability of your setting?

If you are in early years you can’t have failed to see and read all the hype about the 30 hours and the possible, negative impact on the sustainability of the nursery sector.
17 Feb 2013

PAYE Real Time Information

The new changes to the Real Time Information (RTI) could have costly implications for small businesses, including childcare providers in the PVI and independent sector....