Many parents in the UK today are frozen out of work by the cost of childcare and disadvantaged children fall behind their peers before they even start school. Coram Family and Childcare works to change this and to make the UK a better place for families.
We focus on childcare and the early years to make a difference to families’ lives now and in the long term. We work to make sure that every child has access to high quality childcare and every parent is better off working once they have paid for childcare. Families who face disadvantage, social exclusion and poverty are at the heart of our work.
What we do
Our parent-led programmes support families to achieve their potential and services to deliver solutions that meet families’ needs. Our Parent Champions National Network has been running since 2007, helping families that are more likely to miss out on services to get the support that helps them to thrive.
Our research provides definitive data on the issues families face, including our Childcare Survey which is the most widely used source of information on the costs and availability of childcare in the UK.
Bringing together what we learn from our on the ground work with families and our research, we make change happen by campaigning for solutions that families need.
Before August 2018, we were known as the Family and Childcare Trust.
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.
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.
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.
For general enquiries, please call 020 7239 7535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Megan Jarvie, Head of Coram Family and Childcare
Megan has been Head of Coram Family and Childcare since November 2018 and has worked for Coram Family and Childcare since 2016, previously working as Head of Policy and Communications. Megan is a leading voice for families, parents and childcare, and makes a demonstrable difference to policy on families and childcare in the UK.
Before joining the organisation, she worked in campaigns at Child Poverty Action Group and Diabetes UK and in policy and strategy for local government and the NHS. Her work for local government and the NHS involved service improvement and change management, as well as working in family services.
Our annual reviews
Our annual review is a record of our achievements over the past year, providing details on our funders, staff and members of our trustee board.
Coram Family and Childcare was formed when the Family and Childcare Trust joined the Coram group of charities in 2018.
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Working for us
All available jobs and internships will be posted here as and when they arise throughout the year.
The benefits of working with Coram Family and Childcare include generous annual leave, pension contributions and employee assistance programme.
Please be aware that we do not accept applications submitted through agencies.
Contract: Fixed Term (for 1 year)
Hours: 35 per week (we are happy to discuss a range of flexible working options)
Salary: £26,000 per annum
Location: Coram Campus, Bloomsbury, London (with options for some home working)
About the Role
This role will work to achieve Coram’s goal of achieving better chances for vulnerable children by promoting best practice and influencing national policy. They will work to realise opportunities to influence policy, making use of Coram’s policy and practice evidence and expertise.
There will be a particular focus on childcare and early years policy helping to build Coram Family and Childcare’s reputation and achieve policy change to make a real difference for families. They will work to map and build key relationships across the sector, civil service, central, regional and local government and parliament to make sure that we are having the biggest possible impact. The role will work with our network of fantastic parent volunteers and make use of our evidence from research to build a convincing case for change. There is huge opportunity to make change happen within this role at a time when there is significant public attention on childcare policy.
Closing Date: 11.59pm, Sunday 11th December 2022
Interview Date: Thursday 15th & Friday 16th December 2022