Having had some experience of this situation, I would like to offer a word of caution; there are several options available to you...
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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Much has been done over the last few years to find ways of supporting parents with childcare costs including employers’ childcare vouchers, childcare tax credits and subsidised childcare through the CAP pilots.
We would all agree that quality childcare is key to achieving good early years outcomes and is the building block for educational achievement in later years, but providing quality does come at a price...
Childcare vouchers can save money for both businesses and working parents.
Busy Bees Group are campaigning to have the current rate of £55 per week; which hasn’t been increased since it was set in 2006; increased to £75 per week...