Posted on April 19 2010 Read more...

Record numbers of young people join the Scouts

Today's papers are reporting that the number of scouts in the UK  has increased by 16,500 since the start of 2009. This is the biggest growth in 38 years. This is welcome news for both the scouts and young people in general who are getting out there and involved in their local communities. The scouting movment is a great example of positive activities for young people and helps ...
Posted on April 12 2010 Read more...

Quality childcare to 6pm

As election fever begins to hit, it's good to see that family issues are playing a central role in the debate. At the Family Commission we welcome Labour's guarantee of childcare and constructive activities for primary age children from 8am-6pm. It is a practical and modern solution to the problem that many parents face in balancing work and childcare commitments. There have been several positive commitments ...
Posted on April 8 2010 Read more...

Parents spend more time with kids, but is this a good thing?

Oxford University sociologist Dr Oriel Sullivan presented a paper to the British Sociological Association’s annual conference which looked at how much time parents spend on childcare, and how this has changed since 1975. The figures show there has been a large shift - men going from eight minutes of childcare a day in 1975 to 36 minutes in 2000. For working mothers this went from 8 ...
Posted on April 1 2010 Read more...

Granny Power

Further evidence today of how important Grandparents have become in the debate about families.  In what is likely to be the last working day before the election is called Ed Balls chose to launch a guide published by Grandparents Plus with advice and information for grandparents.  The Guide,  supported by Kids in the Middle - a coalition that 4Children also supports - has great practical advice ...
Posted on March 30 2010 Read more...

Childcare for the boys

At the Family Commission we’ve been talking for a long time about the importance of enabling fathers to take an active role in childcare. So it was good to read the double page spread Father time in the Independent today showcasing some of the great parenting events taking place in communities, specifically aimed at men. According to the newspaper increased numbers of women going back ...
Posted on March 29 2010 Read more...

Sure Start report: best is yet to come

It’s all go at 4Children today as the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee published their Fifth Report of Session 2009-10 into Sure Start Children’s Centres. We contributed to the report’s findings and it’s good to see the authors recognising the crucial role Children’s Centres play in reducing inequality and giving children the best start in life. We know first-hand from running our own Sure ...
Posted on March 29 2010 Read more...

Early Intervention Report is Spot On

 This is getting spooky - Has the Family Commission been bugged? It’s not everyday that you get a Government report through that tells you the exact same thing as a group of families you met last week in a local community hall.  But for a new report from the DCSF on early intervention out last Friday it has to be said, it is true. And the great ...
Posted on March 24 2010 Read more...

Enlightening trip to Weston super Mare

The Family Commission had a great day in the South West yesterday, with Esther hearing some very moving accounts from families, volunteers and professionals and seeing first-hand some of the great work being done in North Somerset. We were in Weston Super Mare as part of our national roadshow of visits and discussions and were bowled over by how many families had come along to ...
Posted on March 19 2010 Read more...

Common sense prevails in reciprocal childminding announcement

 It's great that Government has now announced that unpaid childcare arrangements between friends will be legally exempt from Ofsted registration and inspection. It is common sense for these types of  arrangements between friends to be free from regulation. Parents need policy to go with the grain of family life and recognise the beneficial role that informal arrangements can play in helping parents to strike a positive ...
Posted on March 15 2010 Read more...

Gordon’s Mother’s Day Message

During a web chat with Netmums on Mother’s Day Gordon Brown announced that pregnant women will be given the legal right to choose where they give birth, including home births.  He also said he wanted to increase dads and mothers’ partner’s involvement in the birth by allowing them to spend the first night with the mother and baby after the birth.  He also announced the ...
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