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About the Family and Childcare Trust

The Family and Childcare Trust works to make the UK a better place for families by bringing together what we learn from our on the ground parent-led programmes and our research to campaign for solutions that parents want and need. We focus on childcare and early years to make a difference to families’ lives now and in the long term.

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Our vision is a society where all families are well-supported and have genuine choices about their lives. Our mission is to make the UK a better place for families, achieving positive change for children via parent-led solutions.

What we do

Our approach is to listen, innovate, advocate and support, in order to achieve long lasting change for all families. We focus particularly on those who face disadvantage or multiple challenges, including social exclusion, precarious work conditions and poverty. Our on-the-ground programmes and services with parents and providers inform our research and campaigning priorities. In turn, our research produces evidence and insight that informs our work with families, policy makers and providers.

We focus most of our efforts on the early years, particularly childcare and early years education, as research shows that this is the most critical period for ensuring children grow up to live healthy and happy lives. Childcare is part of our infrastructure, as vital as the roads and railways in enabling our country to run. It enables parents to work, raising family incomes and providing employers with a reliable workforce. High quality childcare boosts children’s development, setting them up to achieve at school and beyond. Our annual Childcare Survey is the definitive report on whether there is enough childcare and what it costs in the UK.

We work with local authorities, schools and providers of family services to support and train them to deliver government initiatives and improve their quality of provision. We run a range of parent- led programmes aimed at providing support for parents. Our research reveals new insights and helps us formulate innovative policy solutions to ensure families are supported and have genuine choice.

We are a flexible, dynamic and exciting organisation, delivering innovative approaches to improve the lives of UK families.

Our parent-led programmes

We run a range of parent-led programmes aimed at providing support for parents in the everyday but not-always-easy job of being a parent. Many of these focus on supporting parents to build the extended support networks that other parents can take for granted. 

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Young Dads Collective

The Young Dads Collective (YDC) works to improve the lives of young dads and their children by tackling the social exclusion that holds back young dads’ parenting skills and means. As experts by experience, the YDC’s young dads work with professionals to transform how organisations engage with young dads and overcome the hidden barriers that shut young dads out. The YDC directly employs and develops the skills of the collective’s young dads.
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Parent Champions

Parent Champions are parent volunteers who give a few hours a week to talk to other local parents about accessing childcare and other local family services. Family and Childcare Trust developed our Parent Champions programme to help parents who miss out on vital information. The Parent Champions model is delivered by parents for parents, with the support of a local authority, children’s centre or local community organisation.
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Parent-led childcare

Parent-led childcare is not for profit childcare designed and co-delivered by parents, for parents. The Family and Childcare Trust is working with the New Economics Foundation to develop a feasible model for piloting and expanding parent-led childcare in the UK.

Our research and campaigns

Our research and advocacy focuses on making Britain as supportive of fulfilling family lives as possible, and on holding central and local government to account for doing all it can to remove barriers for families. 

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By revealing new insights into family life in the UK and formulating innovative solutions, our research aims to push the envelope on how families are supported in the UK. One of our flagship research projects is an annual survey of childcare costs, providing government, parents and charities with a reliable indicator of what’s happening to the cost of childcare in Britain.

Contact us

For general enquiries, please call 020 7940 7510 or email

Unfortunately we do not provide a helpline or advice for individual families and we cannot reply to requests for this type of support. If you are looking for childcare or advice about finding childcare please use our childcare finder.

Our trustees

Our trustees are vital to the success of Family and Childcare Trust. We are proud to have trustees from a range of fields who give up their time freely to help us successfully support families.

David White, Chair trustee

David White (Chair)

David White is Managing Director of Creative Auto Enrolment and is pioneering end-to-end help for UK businesses that need to meet the Pensions Auto Enrolment challenge. Previously, David was Chief Executive of The Children’s Mutual where he was responsible for leading a period of unprecedented growth in the number of customers, sales and embedded value in the society. He has been a member of the ABI’s Consumer Strategy Committee and also a Steering group Member for the FSA’s initiative on Financial Capability (now MAS). David is a member of the Policy Advisory Council at IPPR, a Trustee of pfeg (the personal finance education group) and on the Board of TISA (Tax incentivised savings association).
Rebecca Asher, trustee

Rebecca Asher

Rebecca Asher is a writer and researcher, specialising in social policy issues. She has worked in television news and current affairs and as the Deputy Editor of Woman’s Hour and an Executive Producer at BBC Radio 4. She is the author of Shattered: Modern Motherhood and the Illusion of Equality (Harvill Secker, 2011) and Man Up: Boys, Men and Breaking the Male Rules (Harvill Secker, 2016).
Martin Pilgrim, Treasurer

Martin Pilgrim (Treasurer)

Martin began his working life as a local government accountant but for most of his 39-year career worked for bodies representing local government on a wide range of policy issues. His last job before retirement was Chief Executive of London Councils. Martin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. Since his retirement, Martin has had a number of different roles in the not-for-profit sector. He was a director of Film London. At The Prince’s Trust, he was Chair of the London Regional Council and Chair of the England Council, and a Trustee of The Trust. Martin was also a member of the National Advisory Board. More recently, Martin has chaired the London Sustainability Exchange since 2007. He is a board member at the Family Rights Group, a trustee of the Young Women’s Trust, of Swanswell and of the Diana Award.
Chris Pond, trustee

Chris Pond

Chris serves on the board of a number of organisations including as Chair for the Standards Board of the Equity Release Council, the Caxton Foundation and the Money Charity. He is also Vice Chair for Financial Inclusion Commission, Director of Cape Claims Services Ltd and Member of the FinTech Delivery Panel for Tech City UK. He was previously Partner and Head of Public Affairs at Kreab Gavin Anderson, Director of Financial Capability at the Financial Services Authority, and Chief Executive of One Parent Families/Gingerbread. Before then he was the MP for Gravesham, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Treasury as well as a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee. Before entering Parliament, Chris was Director of the Low Pay Unit.
Sarah Jane Butler, trustee

Sarah-Jane Butler

A senior finance lawyer, Sarah-Jane set up her own business in 2011 advising companies on employee benefits and family rights within the workplace. Parental Choice now provides corporates and their employees with childcare search, HR and payroll services. In 2014, she was recognised by Brummell Magazine as one of the City’s Top Inspirational Entrepreneurs, whilst Parental Choice was named as one of the Top Ten SME Employers of the Year 2015 by Working Families. Sarah-Jane is a member of the CIPD Policy Forum and has been involved with government consultations on childminder agencies and the National Living Wage and has spoken at government policy briefings on topics such as gender equality.
Ken Hogg, trustee

Ken Hogg

Ken Hogg has more than two decades of experience in the insurance industry including stints with MGM Advantage, where he was Chief Financial Officer, and AIG Life UK, where he was Chief Operating Officer. He was also with AEGON, where he served in various roles. These include Marketing Director of the UK business, as well as leading roles in setting up two new life offices. These were AEGON’s Scottish Equitable International subsidiary in Luxembourg (where he served as Chief Actuary), and the India-based joint venture between AEGON and its local partner (where he served as Sales and Marketing Director). Ken has also served as a Trustee of pension schemes, and as member of CBI Council.
Ellen Broome, Chief Executive

Ellen Broomé, Chief Executive

Ellen has worked for the Family and Childcare Trust since 2014 and been Chief Executive since June 2017. Ellen has been instrumental in securing more support for parents with childcare costs and leading a Parliamentary Inquiry into Childcare for Disabled Children. Ellen is a leading voice for families, parents and childcare, and makes a demonstrable difference to policy on families and childcare in the UK.

Previously, Ellen was Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Children’s Society. During her time there, she secured significant concessions to the Welfare Reform Act and the ‘benefit cap’ and led the organisation’s campaign for free school meals. The campaign led to the introduction of free school meals for all children in infant school. She has also worked for the National Autistic Society, in the private sector for Hill & Knowlton and in Parliament. Ellen started her career as a secondary school teacher.

Follow Ellen on Twitter @EllenBroome.

External affairs team

Megan Jarvie, Head of Policy and Communications

Megan provides strategic leadership to the organisation’s policy and public affairs work, building strong relationships with our key stakeholders and engaging effectively with our audiences.

Email: Telephone: 020 7940 7528 Press Mobile: 077538 334 772


Claire Harding, Head of Research

Claire leads our research design and delivery, ensuring that we produce high quality work which reflects the needs of UK families.

Email: Telephone: 020 7940 7526


Gordon Cameron, Research and Policy Officer

Email: Telephone: 020 7940 7532


Josh Cottell, Research and Policy Assistant

Email: Telephone: 020 7940 7517


Alexandra Brady, External Affairs Assistant

Email: Telephone: 020 7940 7535

Programmes team

Ruth Dwight, Head of Programmes

Email: Telephone: 020 7940 7538


Lizzie Hodgkins, Programmes Manager

Email: Telephone: 020 7940 7513


Gayle Baker, Programmes Administrator

Email: Telephone: 020 7940 7512


Ellie Grace, Parent Champions Programme Officer

Email: Telephone: 020 7940 7537


Katie Walsh, Parent Champions Programme Officer

Email: Telephone: 020 7940 7531


Nicky Hill, Project Manager (Young Dads Collective) 

Email: Telephone: 020 7940 7539



Finance and resources team

Julie Bentley, Head of Finance and Resources

Email: Telephone: 020 7940 7519


Our annual reviews

The Family and Childcare Trust's annual review is a record of our achievements over the past year, providing details on our funders, staff and members of our trustee board.

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You can also read our financial statements from 2016-17, 2015-16 and 2014-15

The Family and Childcare Trust was formed by a merger between the Daycare Trust and the Family and Parenting Institute in 2013.


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Working for us

Job opportunities

All available jobs and internships will be posted here as and when they arise throughout the year.

The benefits of working with the Family and Childcare Trust include generous annual leave, pension contributions, employee assistance programme and membership of Better Bankside offering discounts and promotions in the local area. 

Please be aware that we do not accept applications submitted through agencies.

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How we decide how much we pay our staff

Family and Childcare Trust is committed to ensuring that we pay our staff fairly and in a way which ensures we attract and retain the right skills to have the greatest impact in delivering our charitable objectives.

In accordance with the Charities SORP, the Companies Act 2006, and the Charities Act 2011, FCT discloses the following:

  • All payments made to Trustees (no Trustees receive ‘pay’ although they are entitled to claim for appropriate expenses)
  • The number of staff in receipt of more than £60,000 (in bands of £10,000)
  • Pensions and other benefits

In addition, Family and Childcare Trust has considered the recommendations set out in the NCVO ‘Report of the Inquiry into Charity Senior Executive Pay’ published in April 2014, and has followed these where appropriate.

Family and Childcare Trust has a Pay Strategy and Policy which provides a framework within which decisions about pay and remuneration for the organisation can be made. The policy is reviewed annually by the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee (FRAC) in order to ensure that the content remains appropriate, conforms to current employment legislation and enables staff to understand how decisions are made. The implementation of the pay strategy is the responsibility of the Board upon recommendation of the FRAC.

The main responsibilities of the FRAC, in relation to pay strategy, are:

  • Annual review of the pay grades to ensure that Family and Childcare Trust salaries remain competitive, within budgetary constraints
  • In conjunction with the Chair of the Board, to determine the remuneration package of the CEO
  • Make a recommendation to the Board for the annual percentage increase in the payroll for all staff (which can be zero) taking into account RPI as at 31 December in the previous year
  • To consider, and recommend as appropriate, any pay awards outside of the annual review and budget-setting processes, as recommended by the CEO
  • To review and determine the pension arrangements
  • To ensure that contractual terms on termination are fair to both the individual and the charity, that poor performance is not rewarded and a duty to mitigate loss is recognised

Our remuneration policy

The objective of the policy is to ensure that the CEO and staff team are provided with appropriate incentives to encourage enhanced performance and are, in a fair and responsible manner, rewarded for their individual contributions to the success of the charity. The appropriateness and relevance of the remuneration policy is reviewed annually including reference to comparisons with other charities ensuring Family and Childcare Trust remains sensitive to the broader issues, eg. pay and employment conditions elsewhere.

We aim to recruit, subject to experience, at the lower to medium point within a pay band, providing scope to be rewarded for excellence. We do not employ interns without pay and we pay the London Living Wage for all staff.

Delivery of Family and Childcare Trust’s charitable vision and purpose is primarily dependent on our staff, which is the largest single element of charitable expenditure. In 2015 - 16 Family and Childcare Trust awarded staff a 1 per cent cost of living uplift in salary. One member of staff earned more than £60,000 in the year. Further information on pension arrangements and on the salary costs for the year with comparisons to the previous year are presented in the notes to the 2013 - 2015 financial statements in note 6 on page 17.

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