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Walsall Holiday Childcare Provision Pilot. Project Aims. Address and better understand poor take up of holiday childcare Improve business acumen and capability of voluntary and community childcare providers Explore ways to help low income parents save and pay childcare costs

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Walsall holiday childcare provision pilot

Walsall Holiday Childcare Provision Pilot


Project aims

Project Aims

  • Address and better understand poor take up of holiday childcare

  • Improve business acumen and capability of voluntary and community childcare providers

  • Explore ways to help low income parents save and pay childcare costs

  • Develop part time childcare ‘employment agency’


Specialist projects

Specialist Projects

  • Walsave Credit Union: Encourage parents and carers to save for childcare costs. Provide bill paying service – pay childcare providers directly

  • Wolverhampton University: in partnership with Hays Recruitment Agency to match students who are looking for holiday jobs to the needs of childcare providers

  • Black Country Chamber of Commerce: Provides business advice and information to develop business capability …


Child care scheme

Child Care Scheme

Aim of the Scheme.

Encourage parents to save for

Child Care provision throughout

the year including holidays

To protect vulnerable children

whilst helping you the childcare

providers with an effective way

of maximising your business

through more take up of vacant

spaces and improve your cash flow

Why not encourage parent to play via

Walsave Credit Union.


Community driven

Community Driven

  • Working with Sure Start’s, Community Centre’s and Private providers to improve cash flow to providers

  • Easy access to the Saving Scheme by setting up Collections points in Sure Start’s/Community Centre’s

  • Giving Child Care providers the ability to plan, reduce vacant child places and increase profitability

  • Understanding what the local issues are:-

    Loan Sharks / Drug and Alcohol abuse / Domestic Violence / Low aspirations / lack of knowledge of where to find Affordable Credit.


Who can apply

Who can apply

  • Available to everyone who lives or works in the Walsall area

  • Break the circle of Debt with Affordable Credit

  • Improve access to Financial Services to everyone

  • Make a difference to individuals and your community

  • Sustainable

  • An easy way to Save, Borrow or both.


Consultations

Consultations

  • Total of 21 consultations

  • Ranged from family fun days and an ‘X-Factor’ event to interactive electronic voting sessions.

  • Engaged with parents directly at large employers such as TK Maxx and Homeserve.

  • Focus given to hard to reach and ethnic minorities communities

  • Included families with children with disabilities

  • Consultations were interactive and engaging for both parent and child.


Consultation event pictures

Consultation Event Pictures


Feedback

Feedback

  • Generally quality of childcare provision seen as good

  • Majority of parents see childcare costs seen as the key barrier

  • Type of childcare utilised - full daycare and after school

  • Preferred childcare location – close to home

  • Current operational hours not ‘fit’ with parents’ working hours

  • Parents prefer local and recommended providers


Childcare costs what parents say

Childcare Costs - what parents say……

Cost is a big issue as it prevents people from using this facility

Want prices reduced but not the quality

Cost is too expensive – more women on state rather than getting work

Some parents only willing to pay as low as 50p to £1 for a couple of hours

Cost of living and inflation is effecting everyone so parents are dropping days at childcare


What our communities say

What our communities say…

Black families use grandparents’

Want children to have exposure to ‘more culture and different cultures’

African Caribbean community perceive childcare to be too expensive – use families

Provision of halal food is important

Do not want to pay for childcare would rather use family and friends


What parents say is important to them

What parents say is important to them…

There is proper food instead of just sweets

Good location and good for work. It was built for that purpose

Community spirit and togetherness like family

Activities were good, not just games, such as learning opportunities

CRB checked, well recognised, local reputation, other children there


Barriers what parents say

Barriers – what parents say

I need childcare from 7.30am, most don’t start until 8.30am

There’s nothing available where I live it takes 40 minutes to walk to the nearest…

Most childcare provided by young people, just not enough experience

If you see the press stories I prefer to look after them myself rather than work.

I’m not aware of anything to use ad hoc due to shifts


Project challenges

Project Challenges

  • Business Support

    • Require a longer period of time to engage and develop greater business development and sustainability skills in voluntary and community childcare providers

  • Project Engagement

    • Getting providers engaged primarily due to organisational capacity and costs up front


Next steps

Next Steps?

  • Information from consultations to be fed into the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment

  • Share outcomes from consultations with providers

  • Continue support to collection points for Walsave project

  • Further develop relationship with University of Wolverhampton and their in house recruitment agency - Hays


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