On Wednesday 25th September we were lucky enough to have a visit from Elizabeth Truss, the Under-Secretary of State for Education and our local MP, Jane Ellison. We had been in contact with them about our wonderful flexible childcare solution and how we thought that the red tape surrounding childcare was leading to higher costs for parents.
We had some ideas of our own on how to change this, and wanted to share them with Elizabeth and get some input at the Local and National Government level. We have been surprised with the number of mums that use our service for freelance work, part-time work and studying. The work place is increasingly flexible and so many people don’t work the traditional 9-5 office job anymore. As such, they are keen to find affordable childcare that can work flexibly.
We have been approached by a number of people interested in franchsing our business and we are keen to grow our business in order to offer parents like ourselves, flexible childcare all across London and then hopefully across the country. However, this won’t be feasible until Ofsted and the Government understand that we can’t be regulated in the same way as a full day nursery. We explained to Elizabeth that we have many regular children who come in 2-3 times a week, but that we also have children who many only come in twice a month or less. The record keeping and administration that is required by Ofsted for both sets of children is the same which doesn’t make any sense.
It was great to meet Elizabeth and being a busy working mum herself, she understands the need for a flexible childcare solution like The Babydrop. Holding her current ministerial position, she also understands very well the business constraints surrounding childcare in this country. She is trying to make some much needed changes within the childcare industry with regards to early years ratios and bureacracy, but needs the support of mothers and industry professionals to get the changes through Parliament.
She had a good look around our little setting. All the children were very well behaved and showed off their craft skills to both MP’s.
In the coming months we might be looking for mums that are happy to give testimonals on how having the service of a flexible childcare solution like ours has changed your work and life balance. We are in an open dialogue with Elizabeth and her team, so if anyone has anything they would like us to pass on, please do get in touch.