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Childcare – what do parents want and need?
Childcare – what do parents want and need?
Childcare – what do parents want and need?
Childcare – what do parents want and need?
Childcare – what do parents want and need?
Childcare – what do parents want and need?
Childcare – what do parents want and need?
Childcare – what do parents want and need?
Childcare – what do parents want and need?
Childcare – what do parents want and need?
Childcare – what do parents want and need?
Childcare – what do parents want and need?
Childcare – what do parents want and need?
Childcare – what do parents want and need?
Childcare – what do parents want and need?
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Childcare – what do parents want and need?

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Slides from the Resolution Foundation and Mumsnet event The future of childcare - full details at http://res-fdn.org/15Z6F14

Slides from the Resolution Foundation and Mumsnet event The future of childcare - full details at http://res-fdn.org/15Z6F14

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  • Here’s why help is needed
  • Cost huge reason37% parents paying more than their mortgage/rent – bills between £1-2k per monthAlso flexibility
  • Families say they are also under growing pressure to pay for childcare. Almost half (47 per cent) of families who pay for their childcare say they’ve found it harder to meet the costs in the past year. Over four in ten (44 per cent) say their ability to pay has stayed about the same and only one in 10 (10 per cent) say that meeting the cost has become easier in the past year.
  • 1/3 working mums are the family breadwinners with maternal breadwinning the highest since records began.. rise of 80% in 15 years (IPPR)More working mothers = decreased welfare/more taxThe government’s current proposal is to offer extra childcare support in two parts – a voucher allowing parents to claim up to £1,200 towards the costs of childcare and, an increased payment for poorer families who qualify for universal credit provided that every parent earns enough to pay income tax.  This means that many poorer families, where one or more parents earns below that threshold, will not be eligible for the full level of support.
  • One in six parents (16 per cent) say they’re not able to access all the childcare help they are entitled to. Among those, the most common single reason given (by one in five – 19 per cent) is that they don’t know what support is availableOne in three parents (34 per cent) say they use grandparents to provide some or all of their childcare. A private day nursery (23 per cent) is the next most common arrangement, followed by after-school or breakfast clubs (21 per cent)
  • People are broadly divided over the best way to fund childcare, with substantial support for different models. The most popular system of childcare is subsidy that gives support to parents through vouchers or tax credits – the government’s proposed method -  more than one in three (36 per cent), prefer a system where resources go to childcare providers allowing them to offer free or subsidised places.
  • And six in 10 parents (59 per cent) think a system where resources go to childcare providers, but with a cap so that better-off parents are asked to pay something extra, would be an improvement on the current system (against 22 per cent who disagree with 19 per cent who don’t know).
  • Should there be a cap on support – and if so where?Respondents were given a series of income bands and asked at which point childcare support should be cut off. The most popular choice was £50,000 a year (picked by 25 per cent) which combined with those who chose a lower figures (6 per cent who said £30,000, 2 per cent for £25,000 and 3 per cent lower than £25,000) means that more than one in three (36 per cent) opted for below £50,000.The second most popular choice was £75,000, chosen by one in five (21 per cent) of respondents, while almost one in six (13 per cent) chose £100,000. Above that level, 4 per cent said £150,000 should be the cut-off and 2 per cent said £300,000 while 6 per cent did not know where the limit should fall.1/5 (19%) thought childcare should be universalAt odds with govn proposals to off support to parents up to £300k per year
  • Half of parents (50 per cent) feel that childcare for primary school age children is too low a political priority. Almost as many (47 per cent) feel childcare for pre-school children is given too low a priority and four in ten (39 per cent) think the same is true of childcare for secondary age children
  • There has been a huge shift in women working Families rely on their income, society depends on their work and taxesChildcare provision hasn’t caught upAll three parties have it as a priority:Coalition putting money in, extending free provisionLabour announced guaranteed wraparound and greater free provision.Is this enough? Are they all just tinkering? Do we need something more fundamental?100% tax freeFull state provision?Are we having the radical thoughts that will finally solve this problem for future generations?
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    • 1. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The future of childcare 23 September 2013 Yvette Cooper MP Yvonne Roberts (Chair) Justine Roberts Vidhya Alakeson Anand Shukla …………………………………………………………………………………………….. #futureofchildcare
    • 2. Childcare – what do parents want/need? Resolution Foundation event at Labour Party Conference Sept 2013
    • 3. Do you now, or have you in the past, found it difficult to access flexible, affordable, reliable childcare for your children? • Yes 67% • No 28% • Don’t know 5% Mumsnet survey, November 2012. 1191 respondents
    • 4. If you have found it difficult to access flexible, affordable, reliable childcare for your children, what was the difficulty? • In the main, the available childcare was too expensive • In the main, the available childcare was not flexible enough • I could not find a comprehensive information source about all the different local childcare providers in my area • In the main, the available childcare did not cover the hours/times I needed 64% 45% 35% 33% Mumsnet survey, November 2012. 1191 respondents
    • 5. It’s getting harder to pay for childcare Mumsnet survey Sept 2013: 1358 Mumsnetters with at least one child completed survey online. Not weighted.
    • 6. Have you ever done any of the following? • Considered quitting your job because of childcare costs? • Turned down a job because of childcare costs? • Been unable to pay childcare fees on time because you were strapped for cash? • Left a job because of childcare costs? • Borrowed money from a friend/family/credit provider to pay for childcare costs? 38% 20% 17% 12% 17% Mumsnet/Daycare Trust survey, June 2012. 1038 respondents
    • 7. Mumsnet survey Sept 2013: 1358 Mners with at least one child completed survey online. Not weighted.
    • 8. Mumsnet survey Sept 2013: 1358 Mners with at least one child completed survey online. Not weighted. Do parents want to be in charge, or are we looking for a more universal model of state provision?
    • 9. If free or subsidised childcare places were available to all but support was capped would you feel that was an improvement on the current system or not? Yes No Don’t know  59%  22%  19% Mumsnet survey Sept 2013: 1358 Mners with at least one child completed survey online. Not weighted.
    • 10. Should support be targeted? Average of those who gave a figure was £72,995 Mumsnet survey Sept 2013: 1358 Mumsnetters with at least one child completed survey online. Not weighted.
    • 11. Do you think the political priority given to childcare children is… Pre-school Primary school Secondary school (4-11) (11+) Too much 8% 2% 4% About right 29%` 28% 28% Too low 47% 50% 39% Don’t know 16% 21% 30% Mumsnet survey Sept 2013: 1358 Mumsnetters with at least one child completed survey online. Not weighted.
    • 12. Mumsnet survey Sept 2013: 1358 Mumsnetters with at least one child completed survey online. Not weighted. Who’s doing best?
    • 13. The Guardian Who’s doing best?
    • 14. The Guardian Who’s doing best?
    • 15. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The future of childcare 23 September 2013 Yvette Cooper MP Yvonne Roberts (Chair) Justine Roberts Vidhya Alakeson Anand Shukla …………………………………………………………………………………………….. #futureofchildcare

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