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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  • 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.

  • In for a pound: The relationship between staff wages and Ofsted grades in group-based childcare provision

    £1 an hour wage increase makes good nurseries outstanding, new research finds

    10 February 2016

    A new study by the Family and Childcare Trust has found a strong link between staff pay and quality in nurseries in England, with a pay increase of just under £1 an hour difference between childcare settings with a ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grade.

  • Response to misleading headlines about the Family and Childcare Trust's anti-poverty childcare report

    3 February 2016

    We were disappointed to read the headlines Government urged to abandon 30-hour free childcare extension and Abandon Free Childcare, Charity Urges in relation to our anti-poverty childcare report. They are misleading because the Family and Childcare Trust has not urged the Government to abandon the 30 hour offer, in fact we support this offer as an important short-term step to improve provision.

  • Response to the announcement of pilot areas for the extension of free childcare

    2 February 2016

    Responding to the Department for Education’s announcement of the areas which will pilot the extension of free childcare, Ellen Broome, deputy chief executive at the Family and Childcare Trust said:

  • A stronger focus on quality and early intervention needed to deliver better childcare for low income families

    27 January 2016

    The Family and Childcare Trust is calling on the Government to make improving the quality of childcare and support for low income families its top priority. This could be achieved by better targeted investment and streamlining childcare funding, and help improve poorer children’s outcomes.