Press Office

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

If you are a journalist and have a media enquiry, please contact Rebecca Griffin on 020 7940 7533 or by email at Outside office hours, call 07538 334 772.

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  • 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.

  • Response to new announcements in the Budget to fund extra-curricular activities

    16 March 2016

    The Family and Childcare Trust responds to new announcements in the Budget to fund extra-curricular activities.

    Julia Margo, chief executive, Family and Childcare Trust said:

  • Response to National Audit Office report on entitlement to free early education and childcare

    1 March 2016

    Responding to new analysis of early years free education entitlements from the National Audit Office, Julia Margo, chief executive at the Family and Childcare Trust said:

    “While the Government should be commended for its ambitious policy to extend free childcare to more working parents, this report shows that there is still much more work to be done to make sure the benefits of free early education are realised for all families.

  • Response to the announcement that Ofsted will directly manage early years inspections

    1 March 2016

    Responding to Ofsted’s announcement that it will be bringing early years inspection under direct management, Julia Margo, chief executive at the Family and Childcare Trust said:

    “It is welcome to see that Ofsted will have direct oversight and control over early years inspections from 2017. Only high quality early education improves children’s outcomes, and it is key that our most disadvantaged children get the early years education that they deserve.  

  • Childcare rises in line with inflation, but shortage of free early education places worsens in new research

    23 February 2016

    Working parents are offered a brief respite from steeply rising childcare costs, as the Family and Childcare Trust’s annual Childcare Survey shows average prices rose just above inflation throughout Britain for the first time in eight years.

  • Scotland sees steep rises in childcare costs eclipsing the rest of Britain

    23 February 2016

    New research shows that parents in Scotland have seen large increases in the price of childcare with prices rising well above the rate of inflation and outpacing those seen across the rest of Britain.

  • Nurseries in Wales see higher prices rises than anywhere else in Britain, new research shows

    23 February 2016

    Working parents in Wales saw eye-watering childcare price rises in the country’s nurseries, bucking the trend across Britain which saw prices rise largely in line with inflation over the last year. 

  • London parents get worst childcare deal in Britain

    23 February 2016

    The difference in the price of childcare between London and the rest of Britain is getting ever more pronounced year on year, according to new research.

    The news comes a day before childcare prices and availability for every region in England, Scotland and Wales are published in the annual Childcare Survey by the Family and Childcare Trust.