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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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....