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 then became 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. 

I started Ask Askew in 2011, although I mainly work for myself, I do work as an associate for the NDNA, CBIS and EYalliance (previously the Pre-school Learning Alliance). 


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Campaign to increase childcare vouchers to £75 per week

Childcare vouchers can save money for both businesses and working parents.

Busy Bees Group are campaigning to have the current rate of  £55 per week; which hasn’t been increased since it was set in 2006; increased to £75 per week

The Busy Bees group feel the government should do much more for working parents to help with childcare costs, £75 is an achievable target, which will make a real difference to working parents.

Childcare vouchers are non-taxable and National Insurance exempt. Working parents can exchange part of their salary, currently up to £55 per week; equivalent to £243 per calendar month; for childcare vouchers which can be used to pay for any registered childcare provider for children up to the age of 16.

Once the childcare voucher has been deducted the remaining salary is then calculated for Tax and National Insurance.

The eventual aim of the campaign is to achieve a policy change by the 2013 budget.

Raising the cap to £75 per week, will a huge support for working parents, and could help support the sustainability of childcare providers