Nationalised childcare to get more people working/decrease gender pay gap

Nationalise childcare so that single parents can get off Income Support/JSA and into work. In 2004 the UK came 20th in nationalised childcare out of 23 European countries studied, trailing Turkey and Greece. Right now we have a lot LESS nationalised/subsidised childcare places than we did in WW2!

Why is this idea important?

Nationalise childcare so that single parents can get off Income Support/JSA and into work. In 2004 the UK came 20th in nationalised childcare out of 23 European countries studied, trailing Turkey and Greece. Right now we have a lot LESS nationalised/subsidised childcare places than we did in WW2!

Repeal laws which diminish parental responsibility

All laws which seek to diminish the right/duty of parents to be responsible for their children should be repealed.

 

This would cover such acts as the use of child seats in cars, the right to know what medical/lifestyle advice is being given to them etc

 

It would also ensure that parents are responsible, in law, for the acts of their children and so be liable to make recompense.

Why is this idea important?

All laws which seek to diminish the right/duty of parents to be responsible for their children should be repealed.

 

This would cover such acts as the use of child seats in cars, the right to know what medical/lifestyle advice is being given to them etc

 

It would also ensure that parents are responsible, in law, for the acts of their children and so be liable to make recompense.

Increase the ratios allowed for childminders

At the moment, childminders are allowed to care for 6 children under the age of 8, 3 of whom may be under 5 and 1 of whom may be under 1. This is the basic legal ratio allowed for childminders.

It does not take into account the childminder's experience, how long the childminder has been minding, or his or her Ofsted grade. It takes no notice of whether a childminder works alone or with another childminder.

There is a great shortage of childcare in my area and I am having to turn business away because I am not allowed to care for extra children without OFSTED's express and very specific permission, granted only in exceptional circumstances. This not only restricts my business, it also restricts parental choice.

I would like to see the Government allow experienced childminders with Good or Outstanding grades to increase their ratio by law, without having to request a variation from OFSTED. .

Why is this idea important?

At the moment, childminders are allowed to care for 6 children under the age of 8, 3 of whom may be under 5 and 1 of whom may be under 1. This is the basic legal ratio allowed for childminders.

It does not take into account the childminder's experience, how long the childminder has been minding, or his or her Ofsted grade. It takes no notice of whether a childminder works alone or with another childminder.

There is a great shortage of childcare in my area and I am having to turn business away because I am not allowed to care for extra children without OFSTED's express and very specific permission, granted only in exceptional circumstances. This not only restricts my business, it also restricts parental choice.

I would like to see the Government allow experienced childminders with Good or Outstanding grades to increase their ratio by law, without having to request a variation from OFSTED. .

Abolish school dinners!

The state has an obligation to provide education for children, but why should it have to feed them too? An enormous amount of the education budget is spent on catering and food standards are constantly being criticised.

Simply rearrange the school day to start a bit earlier, say 8 o'clock, and finish at 2 so pupils can go home and eat lunch there. This happens on the continent and frees schools from an enormous and costly burden.

It is the parents' responsibility to feed their child, not the state's, and schools can devote their time and their budgets purely on education.

Why is this idea important?

The state has an obligation to provide education for children, but why should it have to feed them too? An enormous amount of the education budget is spent on catering and food standards are constantly being criticised.

Simply rearrange the school day to start a bit earlier, say 8 o'clock, and finish at 2 so pupils can go home and eat lunch there. This happens on the continent and frees schools from an enormous and costly burden.

It is the parents' responsibility to feed their child, not the state's, and schools can devote their time and their budgets purely on education.

Make more use of schools

Reduce the school holidays and increase school day lengths.  Use teachers and school facilities to better motivate children and prepare them for the future.

The extra time available could easily be spent productively but without further exam pressure in such areas as sport, music, business, etc along with extra tuition for struggling students.

Why is this idea important?

Reduce the school holidays and increase school day lengths.  Use teachers and school facilities to better motivate children and prepare them for the future.

The extra time available could easily be spent productively but without further exam pressure in such areas as sport, music, business, etc along with extra tuition for struggling students.

Equal Pay and tax credit

I would like a law passed that will allow women to earn the same pay as men in the same job function.

I would also like working mothers to be guaranteed financial support for childcare

Why is this idea important?

I would like a law passed that will allow women to earn the same pay as men in the same job function.

I would also like working mothers to be guaranteed financial support for childcare

Limit employment laws affecting parents with childminders/ nannies

Background

It is hard for both parents to find full time jobs if they have several children, because of childcare issues.  Making use of a nanny/ au-pair is often the most convenient option.

Suggestion

Anything that makes the provision of childcare easier is welcomed.  For example, individuals, who are not running a business, could be exempted from statutory employment regulations.

Why is this idea important?

Background

It is hard for both parents to find full time jobs if they have several children, because of childcare issues.  Making use of a nanny/ au-pair is often the most convenient option.

Suggestion

Anything that makes the provision of childcare easier is welcomed.  For example, individuals, who are not running a business, could be exempted from statutory employment regulations.

Grandparents as childminders

Allow grandparents to be paid under the Child Tax Credit system to look after their grandchildren while parents go out to work. This will be better for the child and family overall. It's ridiculous that an outsider can get money for childminding, yet someone who is closer to the child and who understands the child better gets no help at all.

Why is this idea important?

Allow grandparents to be paid under the Child Tax Credit system to look after their grandchildren while parents go out to work. This will be better for the child and family overall. It's ridiculous that an outsider can get money for childminding, yet someone who is closer to the child and who understands the child better gets no help at all.

Stop treating parents who use a nanny as if they are an employer




Background

For parents with several young children, for both to get a full time job is logistically very difficult.  Making use of a nanny/ au-pair is often the most convenient option for childcare.

Suggestion

Anything that makes the provision of childcare easier is welcomed.  For example, individuals, who are not running a business, could be exempted from statutory employment regulations when using a nanny.

Why is this idea important?




Background

For parents with several young children, for both to get a full time job is logistically very difficult.  Making use of a nanny/ au-pair is often the most convenient option for childcare.

Suggestion

Anything that makes the provision of childcare easier is welcomed.  For example, individuals, who are not running a business, could be exempted from statutory employment regulations when using a nanny.

Abolish EYFS

The Early Years Foundation Stage was the ultimate socialist act of social engineering in the early years sector, The use of public money to regulate pre school years care was unbelievable. The attempt to place childminders, nursery schools and schools on an equal footing is absurd. Childminders are small businesses who trade from their homes and yet they have been asked to be like schools who have resources way beyond any childminder. The whole EYFS process needed to be implemented, trained, monitored and audited which all costs money. Yet there is less money available to the child. Scrap EYFS with immediate effect and use some of the money saved to fund free childcare in a variety of settings. EYFS has been a bandwagon for insecure women to jump onto in order to raise their status and worth. We all now a good mum when we see one. Furthermore, a series of other regulations somehow followed ie food hygiene, hire cars, HSW, etc etc

Why is this idea important?

The Early Years Foundation Stage was the ultimate socialist act of social engineering in the early years sector, The use of public money to regulate pre school years care was unbelievable. The attempt to place childminders, nursery schools and schools on an equal footing is absurd. Childminders are small businesses who trade from their homes and yet they have been asked to be like schools who have resources way beyond any childminder. The whole EYFS process needed to be implemented, trained, monitored and audited which all costs money. Yet there is less money available to the child. Scrap EYFS with immediate effect and use some of the money saved to fund free childcare in a variety of settings. EYFS has been a bandwagon for insecure women to jump onto in order to raise their status and worth. We all now a good mum when we see one. Furthermore, a series of other regulations somehow followed ie food hygiene, hire cars, HSW, etc etc