Press Office

Welcome to the Family and Childcare Trust’s press office.

If you are a journalist and have a media enquiry, please contact Mark Bou Mansour on 020 7940 7535 or by email at press@familyandchildcaretrust.org. Outside office hours, call 07538 334 772.

For all other enquiries, please call 020 7940 7510 or email info@familyandchildcaretrust.org


 

  • Response to Secretary of State for Education's ministerial statement on early years funding

    1 December 2016

    The Family and Childcare Trust responds to the Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening’s ministerial statement on the early years funding.

    Megan Jarvie, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the Family and Childcare Trust, said:

    “Getting the early years funding formula right is crucial to supporting a successful early years sector that boosts children’s outcomes and helps parents to work. The quality of the provision is essential to this, as evidence shows only high quality provision narrows the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers.

  • Study finds missed opportunities: why children in care need early education

    1 December 2016

    Opportunities to narrow the achievement gap between looked after children (children in care) and their peers are being missed because too many of them do not receive good quality early education places, says research funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

  • Shortages in care fail UK’s older people

    21 November 2016

    Four in five local authorities in the UK report not having enough care for older people in their area, new research from Family and Childcare Trust reveals.

    The Family and Childcare Trust’s Older People’s Care Survey –funded by Legal & General- finds that more than 6.4 million people aged 65 and over are living in areas that do not have enough older people’s care to meet demand.

  • Action-plan for quality leap in childcare revealed

    17 November 2016

    Significant boosts in quality in early education and childcare can be achieved with steps costing less than 2 per cent of current Government spending on the sector, a new report from the Family and Childcare Trust finds.

    The Family and Childcare Trust’s Putting quality at the heart of the early years report identifies pragmatic opportunities to make sure all families have access to high quality childcare that supports parents to work and gives their children a head start in life.

  • Response to BCC's survey on childcare

    14 November 2016

    The Family and Childcare Trust responds to the British Chamber of Commerce’s survey highlighting the impact of childcare on businesses’ ability to recruit and retain staff.

    Megan Jarvie, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Family and Childcare Trust, said:

    “Many of the parents we speak to tell us that the costs and availability of childcare in their area are formidable barriers to work. Our research found just 45 per cent of local authorities in England had enough childcare for parents who work full time in 2016.

  • Response to DfE's response to the early years funding consultation

    7 November 2016

    The Family and Childcare Trust responds to the Department for Education’s first response to the early years funding consultation:

    Megan Jarvie, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Family and Childcare Trust, said:

    “We welcome the Department for Education’s continued work to deliver additional free childcare for families. We are pleased our call for a nationally set ‘grace period’ for the 30 hours offer rather than a locally determined one has been heard by the Department.

  • Response to the Education Secretary’s announcement of social mobility funding package

    4 October 2016

    Family and Childcare Trust responds to Education Secretary Justine Greening’s speech.

    Megan Jarvie, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the Family and Childcare Trust, said:

    “We welcome the Department for Education’s announcement of a £60 million funding package aimed at helping local children get the best start in life. The early years are vital in setting children up to achieve at school and beyond and improving social mobility.

  • Response to announcement of a childcare taskforce by Labour

    27 September 2016

    The Family and Childcare Trust responds to reports that Labour will announce a childcare taskforce today.

    Megan Jarvie, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the Family and Childcare Trust, said:

  • Extended schools failing to meet parents’ childcare needs

    14 September 2016

    Out-of-school services are failing to match parents’ need for afterschool and holiday childcare a new report (1) from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Family and Childcare Trust warns.

    Almost two fifths (39%) of schools surveyed for the report said parents wanted holiday provision but only 29% of schools offered this. For afterschool childcare the shortfall was 11 percentage points, with only just over half of schools providing this. The mismatch was biggest in primary schools.

  • Justin Irwin, Family and Childcare Trust

    Family and Childcare Trust appoints interim chief executive

    6 September 2016

    Justin Irwin has been appointed as interim chief executive at the Family and Childcare Trust. The role will cover chief executive Julia Margo’s maternity leave until early February 2017.

  • Lack of consistent strategy for quality childcare leaves children’s life chances to postcode luck

    11 August 2016

    A postcode lottery in the quality of early education risks tilting the playing field for children’s life chances, the Family and Childcare Trust warns in a new report.

    Driving High Quality Childcare: the role of local authorities finds wide variation in funding for free early education contributes to uneven quality:

  • Shortages of summer childcare

    19 July 2016

    For the first time, two areas of Britain – Wales and the East of England - have reported that they do not have enough holiday childcare across all age groups and needs.

    The Family and Childcare Trust’s 15th annual Holiday Childcare Survey – sponsored by Computershare and Community Playthings – shows that 88 per cent of local authorities in England, 78 per cent in Scotland and 100 per cent in Wales report that they do not have enough holiday childcare to meet demand.

  • The Family and Childcare Trust appointed NAHT’s charity partner 2016/17

    28 April 2016

    The Family and Childcare Trust has been chosen by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) as its Charity of the Year 2016/2017. The joint partnership will focus on the role schools play in enabling parents to make positive choices about early education.      

    The new alliance was announced on Saturday 30 April 2016 at NAHT’s annual conference in Birmingham.

  • Local authority family information services in decline – but numbers of childcare enquiries are up – new research

    8 April 2016

    The Family and Childcare Trust warns that parents could miss out on vital advice about help with their childcare costs due to staffing cuts in local authority Family Information Services.

  • Key government departments show no record of family test application – new research

    18 March 2016

    A coalition of charities working with millions of families across the UK has expressed disappointment that key Government departments were not able to show how they have applied the Prime Minister’s Family Test to their policy-making, despite their being responsible for the wellbeing of families. 

    The Family and Childcare Trust, Relate, and Relationship Foundation, supported by 14 other charities, wrote to the 14 relevant Government departments to ask how they had incorporated and assessed the Family Test since its launch in October 2014.

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