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Will the Chancellor become the Fairy Godmother to Cinderella Childcare on Thursday?

 

What is important about Thursday? Well, it’s the Chancellor’s autumn statement. I wonder whether he will still need to rely on the bursts of fast food energy which got him through the Budget. Or has he eaten enough brain food to come up with a few big ideas? If he needs a big idea then he could sort out the incoherent and confused mess we call childcare. That Cinderella Childcare, which despite its rags needs to provide affordable best quality childcare for those families where both parents work, those single parents who need to earn enough to secure their independence away from benefits and those children which the Coalition has deemed will increase their social mobility by attending the best quality nurseries.  Yes, Mr Osborne you would do well to sprinkle some fairy dust on poor Cinderella Childcare and make her feel important and valued. You could start by recognising the importance of children to society and ask the question ‘what do we want for our children?’  final oso

Mr Osborne, I know you announced £1,200 a year for each child of parents on joint incomes up to £300,000 in March but that is not enough. Childcare has a cost too and it needs to be funded now. Your childcare plans don’t kick in until 2015 but for many that is far too late. A wise Chancellor may think about bringing those proposals forward to April 2014. Even if the benefits for children are not so high up on your agenda and you simply saw Cinderella Childcare as the service that allowed people to work, there is still an argument to fund the system correctly.  That way those 76% women can work and keep their families out of poverty.

cindereallI have seen you continue to be generous to Mr Gove.  He gets plenty of money to develop Academies and Free Schools; not all of this has been well spent with recent league tables show that we have gone down in the global education league. It is therefore time that you considered the needs of the youngest children. A recent poll for the Resolution Foundation revealed that 4 in 10 voters said not one single political party had smart ideas on childcare. Only 11 per cent favoured Labour, and a meagre 4 per cent the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. Chancellor, the autumn statement gives the Government the opportunity to make a clear statement of intent to support and help families. This is your chance to do something magical. Sprinkle some fairy dust on Cinderella Childcare and you might even raise a smile from the electorate.  Believe me, you will need that smile sooner than you think.

About June O'Sullivan

An inspiring speaker, author and regular commentator on Early Years, Social Business and Child Poverty, June has been instrumental in achieving a major strategic and cultural shift for the award winning London Early Years Foundation, resulting in increased profile and profitability over the past eight years. As CEO of the UK's leading childcare charity and social enterprise since 2006, June continues to break new ground in the development of LEYF's scalable social business model. She remains a tireless campaigner, looking for new ways to influence policy and make society a better place for all children and families. June is a champion of community-based, multi-generational projects and a great believer in the potential of greater social and cultural capital as a means of delivering long-term social impact. She continues to advise the Government in order to better implement their vision for Early Years. June is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Director of Early arts, Council Member of the Early Intervention Foundation, Chair of Paddington Farm Trust, Founding Member of the Institute for Early Years and was recently voted into the ‘NMT Power 20’ - top 3. June was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2013, for her services to London’s children. June continues to work closely with the Government in order to better implement their vision for Early Years, to improve quality and promote a better understanding of the incredible long-term benefits of play-based Early Years education. June is a published author, with an MA in Primary & Early Childhood Studies and MBA from London South Bank University. Read June’s blog: http://www.leyf.org.uk/blog or An inspiring speaker, author and regular commentator on Early Years, Social Business and Child Poverty, June has been instrumental in achieving a major strategic and cultural shift for the award winning London Early Years Foundation, resulting in increased profile and profitability over the past eight years. As CEO of the UK's leading childcare charity and social enterprise since 2006, June continues to break new ground in the development of LEYF's scalable social business model. She remains a tireless campaigner, looking for new ways to influence policy and make society a better place for all children and families. June is a champion of community-based, multi-generational projects and a great believer in the potential of greater social and cultural capital as a means of delivering long-term social impact. She continues to advise the Government in order to better implement their vision for Early Years. June is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Director of Early arts, Council Member of the Early Intervention Foundation, Chair of Paddington Farm Trust, Founding Member of the Institute for Early Years and was recently voted into the ‘NMT Power 20’ - top 3. June was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2013, for her services to London’s children. June continues to work closely with the Government in order to better implement their vision for Early Years, to improve quality and promote a better understanding of the incredible long-term benefits of play-based Early Years education. June is a published author, with an MA in Primary & Early Childhood Studies and MBA from London South Bank University. Read June’s blog: www.leyf.org.uk/blog or www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/june-osullivan-mbe/ Follow her on Twitter www.twitter.com/JuneOSullivan Follow her on Twitter www.twitter.com/JuneOSullivan
  • Sandra Brouet

    Well put June, Mr Osborne take note!

  • Mr Creosote

    He could start by increasing the rates paid for so-called “free childcare” which in actuality barely covers the cost of the (low) wages. I’m heartily sick of running a women’s cooperative that barely breaks even, year after year – if we can’t make a profit, we can’t re-invest and improve the lives of children!

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