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 – September 2019

12 Sep 2019

Business areas that support sustainability

Sustainability of childcare settings is high on the agenda of Childcare organisations, childcare providers and professionals, it doesnt, however,  appear to be high on the political agenda.

NDNA has pubished its latest report on the number of nursery closures; it makes interesting reading. Read the full  report here  

For many the underfunding of the funded hours appears to be the primary reason for the closure of their nursery.

With ever-increasing operational costs, including the national minimum and living wage, pension contribution increases to 3%, and increases in business rates, it's not surprising, so many ...

12 Sep 2019

Nursery Closures

NDNA have published their report on Nursey Closures, since the 30 hours funded chidcare was introduced closures of nurseries have inceased by 153%. The highest numbere being in the North West. 

click on the link below to view the fulll report