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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Archive – December 2018

31 Dec 2018

On line Security

How secure is your online business security?

How do you protect your business, especially on the internet where the fraudsters always seem to be one step ahead?

Here are our top  tips for keeping your  business safe online:

  • Implement a combination of security protection solutions (anti-virus, anti-spam, firewall(s))
  • Carry out regular security updates on all software and devices
  • Implement a resilient password policy, with strong passwords (min eight characters,  use a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols. change regularly)
  • Secure your wireless network
  • Implement clear and concise procedures for email, internet and mobile devices
  • Train staff in good ...
31 Dec 2018

Putting your house in order

The sudden and tragic death of my 39-year-old nephew on December 28th has brought home the need to ensure our affairs are in order, whether this is in our personal or business life.

He was a fantastic tattooist; I'm not too fond of tattoos but can appreciate the skill and craft that goes into creating, what are often works of art. He was also a small business owner,  and like all of us, we don’t think our life will cut short and therefore probably don’t keep our business records as up to date as we should.  Over the past ...