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 – May 2019

20 May 2019

Business skills

Over the last 12 months, I have delivered training sessions on how to effectively implement the 30 hours to maintain the sustainability of childcare settings across all sectors.

During the training sessions, almost all nursery owners and managers stated that the level of funding for the universal 15 hours and the additional 15 hours is not enough to cover the cost of childcare they are providing.  I’m not going to dispute this, although in my experience roughly 85% of nursery owners and managers had no idea what their unit cost for delivering one hour of childcare was,  or how to work ...