What with all the new houses 'n all (which usually mean more young children) I have started to do some research on child care provision in the parish.
Do any of the schools here offer breakfast clubs/afterschool clubs/school holiday clubs and if so what are the costs? Are there enough registered childminders in Dawlish or not? Do we have enough nursery school places? How much do childminders and nursery schools charge? What hours/days of the week/weeks of the year do they offer child care?
Lots of info in the national press of late about the paucity and high cost of child care provision so I am interested to know what the local situation is like.
Not totally an academic exercise on my part .......
Any info would be gratefully appreciated.
The issue of affordable and plentiful child care is not only a matter of concern for the present but also for the future as there can be knock on effects when it comes to pension provision.
This is from the i newspaper 1.6.22. “There are huge differences in the value of men’s and women’s pensions in the UK. In some regions the gender pension gap is almost 50% meaning that some women will retire with half of what men do. One of the reasons for this is the fact that women are paid less than men overall. Women are more likely to work part-time and they are also more likely to be the main carer for ill and elderly relatives and to take time out of work to look after young children.”
Have been watching the Tory party leadership contest. I totally get that there are an awful lot of very important issues at the moment. But as I haven't heard a dicky bird about childcare costs and provision do I presume that it is not thought an important enough issue to be highlighted by the Tory leadership hopefuls? I thought Conservatives were into people being economically active and doing things like saving for the future (pensions). If you are a main childcarer there is only one way of being able to do both of those things and that is by having access to affordable and plentiful supply of childcare.
The government is presently running a consultation about how childcare provision can be improved (consultation ends in September) https://consult.education.gov.uk/childcare-futures-unit/childcare-regulatory-changes/supporting_documents/Childcare%20Consultation%20040722.pdf
One of the government proposals is that the ratio of adult carers to the number of two year old children should be altered from 1 to 4 to 1 to 5.
Anyone reading this who has had experience of supervising one two year old let alone five(!) will know that you have to have eyes in the back of your head.
As someone said about this proposal " It's not exactly a childminder/nursery selling point is it? Come to us because we've got fewer staff per children".
This is a very useful link for anyone wishing to find out about various forms of childcare available in Devon. https://www.pinpointdevon.co.uk/parents-and-families/
You'll need to click on the link and then on the particular aspect of childcare that you are looking for. Then you 'll have to scroll down to see what is available in the Dawlish area. (Note - the list is not in alphabetical order of, for example, name of town - more like name of provider and in the case of childminders the first name of the childminder.) You will find details of how to contact childminders/nurseries/school holiday activities/breakfast&afterschool clubs etc.
I intend collating all the information concerning childcare facilities specifically available in Starcross & Dawlish* (I include Starcross as most of the new housing developments in the parish have been/are being/will be built to the north of the town going towards Starcross) and it may well be the case that those living in Dawlish seeking childcare of some kind will need to look outside the parish (which I understand is already the case!).
* Does this geographically specific information already exist somewhere? If it does, I could not find it. Might it be a very useful piece of information to have to hand?
Has anyone in government thought to crunch the numbers and work out how much every pound invested in childcare would benefit the economy?
"Canada has pledged to invest $30 billion to create a system that costs just $10 a day and they haven't done this out of the goodness of their hearts.
They've done it because they've crunched the numbers and they've found that for every dollar you invest in childcare they get between $1.50 and $2.80 back in to the economy."
I was just trawling through previous threads looking for something completely different when I came across this posting by me which I had totally forgotten about. I'll try and find out what the outcome was. (the links on the post no longer work by the way).
Some woman in Dawlish has written a piece about this childcare business (or should that be lack of business?) in the latest edition of the Dawlish Gazette.
See bottom page 19.
Info here about help with child care costs.
Here is the text of the article that was published in the Dawlish Gazette in August of this year.
From Cllr Martin Wrigley's written report to DTC for Feb 1st 2023 full council meeting; ('the administration' to which Cllr Wrigley refers is Devon County Council)
Following a sufficiency report on early years provision, which the administration were congratulating themselves on, I pointed out that provision in Dawlish (and other areas of Teignbridge) were designated as Hotspots again. Dawlish has one full time nursery and just three childminders and since Christmas a full-time nursey in Teignmouth has closed. I am now working with the officers to see what we can do, and we are exploring a number of avenues.