Posted on May 24 2010 Read more...

Comment on the announced Government spending cuts

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 the principle that investment in children can save money in the ...
Posted on May 20 2010 Read more...

Pros and cons of grandparent childcare

Papers today report on a survey carried out by property website FindaProperty.com.  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 obvious benefit of having someone you love and trust caring for ...
Posted on May 19 2010 Read more...

Moving stories and inspired school leaderships discussed at Family Commission Meeting

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 our ambition to create a new framework of family support ...
Posted on May 17 2010 Read more...

Having children no longer a priority?

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. These figures are interesting and show people's priorities today. However these ...
Posted on May 14 2010 Read more...

Recession hits parents’ ability to pay for nursery

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 and more than one in five places were vacant in ...
Posted on May 11 2010 Read more...

Terminate the rate campaign

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: http://e-activist.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=732&ea.campaign.id=6506&ea.param.extras=ttrpetitioner:4children
Posted on May 11 2010 Read more...

Grandmother wins the right to be paid for childcare

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 County Council social workers. After the Council refused to pay ...
Posted on April 28 2010 Read more...

New report shows children of university-educated parents do better at school

A recent report commissioned by the Sutton Trust has been published showing the connection between parental education level and pupil academic success is strongest in England compared to the US, Germany and Australia. Among children with parents educated to degree level 56% were in the top quarter of their age group as compared to 9% among children whose parents without qualifications. Reports like this continue to highlight the ...
Posted on April 22 2010 Read more...

Bullying beyond the school gates

Today 4Children is publishing the results of a survey into bullying on journeys to and from school. We know that bullying is a serious concern for parents and is something that creates misery on a daily basis for many children, sometimes leading to tragic consequences. Working on this issue with the father of an 11 year old boy who tragically took his own life having suffered bullying on his school ...
Posted on April 20 2010 Read more...

Families want dads more involved

New findings published today by the Fatherhood Institute, trailed in the Daily Mail, suggests that one in four families believe fathers are missing out on day-to-day involvement with their children because of 'outdated attitudes to parental leave'. The findings are positive in some respects. The  vast majority of parents asked said that key activities such as bed time reading and changing nappies should be shared. ...
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