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High Quality Affordable Childcare Report launched

http://www.fairplaysouthwest.org.uk/events/398-childcare-conundrum-event-report-and-resources

Fair Play South West has published its pdfreport on high quality affordable childcare445.92 KB, based on presentations at an event held on 21st October and subsequent discussions.

It recommends:

1) FPSW partners and supporters should add their voices to those calling for a new model of childcare provision which would guarantee every child from parental leave age to school age access to high quality free childcare, provided by the State on the same basis as school age education is provided.
2) Bristol’s Mayor should lobby Government to include Social Infrastructure in its developing Industrial Strategy.
3) Bristol Women’s Commission should consider and support a proposal made by FPSW and BWV to the Mayor’s consultation on the Corporate Strategy that a ‘Childcare Infrastructure Fund’ be established, funded by local businesses and other partners, managed by the Council to provide free universal childcare within Bristol. This might be piloted in the Temple Quay Enterprise Zone.
4) The Local Enterprise Partnership should seek agreement from large employers in the West of England and those businesses benefitting from public development funds to an employment charter which encourages the employment of women for example through making decent jobs available on a flexible basis.
 
The report was presented to the Bristol Women's Commission today, 13th January 2017 and was well received. Next steps should include discussions with the West of England LEP and the City Office set up by Bristol's Mayor.
 
Consideration will also be given by FPSW to how the messages can be extended to other parts of the South West, particularly in rural areas.