Archive for May, 2010

State of the nation report

Posted on May 27 2010 by Anne Longfield

The new Secretary of State for Department for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, has published his first departmental report entitled State of the nation report: poverty, worklessness and welfare dependency in the UK. The report sets out a comprehensive assessment of poverty in the UK in 2010. The Government will use the report to […]

Record number of women choosing to have children later in life

Posted on May 26 2010 by Anne Longfield

Interesting statistics covered by most of the daily newspapers today show that more women than ever are having children in their 40s, in total 26,976 women in England and Wales last year.  These stats, published by the Office of National Statistics, are the highest number since records began. Also published is that the average age […]

Comment on the announced Government spending cuts

Posted on May 24 2010 by Anne Longfield

In response to the proposed Government spending cuts Anne Longfield, Chief Executive of 4Children, says: “It will be a genuine relief to parents that the coalition has listened to those of us making the case for protection for Sure Start funding. Sure Start Children’s Centres have become the vital support for families and clearly demonstrate […]

Pros and cons of grandparent childcare

Posted on May 20 2010 by Anne Longfield

Papers today report on a survey carried out by property website  The survey looked into the pros and cons of grandparents providing childcare for their children from the perspective of parents-to-be. The survey found that at least 8 in 10 parents used their parents for childcare at least once a week. But despite the […]

Moving stories and inspired school leaderships discussed at Family Commission Meeting

Posted on May 19 2010 by Anne Longfield

A great Family Commission meeting took place yesterday hearing very moving stories from families in north London.  Some real themes emerge about a system which is not yet responding to the needs of individual families – often appearing rigid, slow and process bound.  These are consistent messages that we hear from families and that drive […]

Having children no longer a priority?

Posted on May 17 2010 by Anne Longfield

A survey for builders Barratt Developments, reported in the Daily Mirror, shows that owning a home is more important to people than having kids or getting married. 71% of people put buying a property as eight out of ten on their priorities in life, compared to 44% of people rating marriage or parenthood as highly. […]

Recession hits parents’ ability to pay for nursery

Posted on May 14 2010 by Anne Longfield

Nursery fees have increased at double the rate of inflation, with fees rising on average of 4 per cent last year according to a new report by Laing and Buisson Nursery Sector Report. This has resulted in a 4 per cent drop of children attending nurseries. Another effect is nurseries are being forced to close […]

Terminate the rate campaign

Posted on May 11 2010 by Anne Longfield

A great campaign we wanted to promote on our blog. The terminate the rate campaign seeks to help families stay in touch more cheaply. You can sign the petition to lower the price of calls to other networks at a more reasonable rate:

Grandmother wins the right to be paid for childcare

Posted on May 11 2010 by Anne Longfield

As reported in The Daily Mail a grandmother has won the right to be paid for the care of her granddaughter. She is entitled to be paid at the same rate as a foster parent a judge has ruled. The grandmother took over the care of her granddaughter in 2004 at the request of Kent […]