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 have been 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.


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Category – Management

30 Jan 2018


The GDPR – general Data Protection Regulation comes into force on May 25th, 2018

Are you ready?

The new GDPR replaces the  current data protection act and introduces new provisions, including enhanced accountability and new procedures for handling data breaches, and data access requests.  The new regulations apply to all businesses from major corporates to sole traders.

All nurseries, preschools and registered childminders keep data, think staff, parents and children, yes this will impact on your nursery

The regulations cover ‘sensitive personal data’ and personal data. Personal data is any information relating to an identified person or someone who ...

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....

5 Jan 2012

Motivating Your Team

People who are unhappy at work do their jobs badly, are often absent and are likely to leave. Your business will suffer unless you understand what motivates your team and take positive steps to meet their needs...

20 Oct 2010

Changes to first aid regulations

All employers are required to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to protect the health and safety of their employees. Aside for the moral or legal requirements, it is good business; the right first aid can help reduce sickness absence by dealing with an illness or injury correctly.