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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How does staffing contribute to your sustainability?
Staffing costs can be between 75% and 85% of a nurseries expenditure, so it is important to keep on top of it
Here are a just a few things that you can do to help minimise this expenditure:
1. Monitor staff absence, if you are having to bring in agency staff or pay overtime due to staff absence, it could be costing you more than you need.
v Always do a return to work interview, even if its only been one day, having to speak with the owner or manager ...
Having had some experience of this situation, I would like to offer a word of caution; there are several options available to you...
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...