Posted on October 18 2009 Read more...

Now its time to get off the back’s of working mothers

There is a report in the Observer about a new research study which says, what many of us have known for a long time, that high quality childcare does not harm children or stifle their development - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/oct/18/working-mothers-child-development .  The Family Commission is all about developing policy that goes with the grain of family life.  Until the recession there was an increasing number of families where both ...
Posted on October 16 2009 Read more...

Family Commission Visit To Toxteth

At the end of the party conference season one thing is for sure - that families are going to be centre stage in the political battle that is about to ensue in the run up to the election.  Whether they are broken, better off married, fixable or thriving will all be up for discussion but for good or bad this is where a central plank ...
Posted on October 12 2009 Read more...

Common sense prevails

Balancing work and family life is at the forefront of parent’s minds and the availability of appropriate and affordable childcare is essential.  Despite improvements in childcare provision, there are still challenges particularly for those who work outside traditional office hours like police officers.  4Children strongly supports the need for Ofsted inspection of childminders and nurseries but we welcome the announcement that reciprocal arrangements between friends will ...
Posted on October 12 2009 Read more...

Guardian shows softer side of teenage boys

Here at 4Children we were pleased to read over the weekend the interesting and relevant survey carried out by the Guardian newspaper about teenage boys and their misrepresentation by the media. For far too long teenage boys have had a ‘bad press’ -being made out to be ‘yobs’ and ‘thugs’. This survey actually shows a very positive message that most teenage boys are happy with ...
Posted on October 7 2009 Read more...

4Children praised by Conservatives for family support

Maria Miller - Shadow Minister for Families - praised 4Children's Carousel Children's Centre in Essex during her conference speech in Manchester today.  You can view a webcast of the conference session including Maria's speech by clicking here and following the links http://www.conservatives.com/Home/Get%20involved/Conference/Webcast.aspx  .  We have been pleased to hear the commitment to children's centres expressed at the Conservative Conference but will continue to push all ...
Posted on October 6 2009 Read more...

Family Commission visits Conservative Party Conference

The Family Commission is at the Conservative conference in Manchester this week. Yesterday we took some time out of the conference to speak to some inspirational women in Toxteth, Liverpool, about the important work they are doing to help local families.
Posted on October 1 2009 Read more...

Heated debates over family policy

With two out of three of the party conferences over today we are left in no doubt of just how important families are in the emerging political landscape.  Support for working families is coming out as a strong player so far with both the Liberal Democrats and Labour pledging extended support for childcare and early years provision.  We will hear from the Conservatives next week ...
Posted on September 29 2009 Read more...

Free childcare for 2 year olds is sure to be popular

While all the headlines this morning focused on anti social behaviour, one of the most important announcements in the Prime Minister's speech was the plan to extend the free childcare entitlement to 250,000 two year olds.  This is a welcome move towards the type of universal approach that is needed by hard working families. All the evidence shows that early intervention has real benefits in a child’s development.  ...
Posted on September 29 2009 Read more...

Eagerly awaiting the PM’s speech

Gordon Brown will be making his keynote speech to the Labour Party conference today. Many of the papers have reported that family intervention projects and addressing anti social behaviour will feature as strong themes. I look forward to hearing the details later this afternoon.
Posted on September 28 2009 Read more...

Celebrating young people at Labour Party Conference

4Children has been continuing to highlight the needs of children and families at the Labour party conference in Brighton this week. Alongside our partner charities in the Youth Coalition, we hosted a well attended and lively lunchtime reception today to celebrate young people. Government support and initiatives for young people were debated and a lively discussion took place on lowering the voting age to 16. Young ...
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