Childcare markets after the election
ICMEC seminar 15 July 2010
Two prominent speakers, Carol Jenkins, Managing Director Places for Children and Alison Garnham, CEO of the Daycare Trust, discussed the way forward for childcare businesses under the Coalition government and amidst difficult economic circumstances. Before turning to this subject, Carol Jenkins gave an honest and thoughtful account of the main challenges facing Places for Children within the current economic environment. Places for Children is a major childcare chain forming part of the Places for People Group, a national not-for-dividend organisation, one of the largest in the UK specialising in property management, development and community regeneration. Outward facing and focused leadership was one of the key elements she identified as crucial to childcare business sustainability.
To see the PowerPoint presentation by Carol Jenkins go to: ICMEC seminar 15 July 2010 presentation Carol Jenkins MD Places for Children.
Alison Garnham spoke about a study published by Daycare Trust at the end of 2009 and undertaken in collaboration with the Social Market Foundation and the Institute of Fiscal Studies. This explored what it would cost to build a high quality early childhood education and care system in the UK, by improving staff training and qualifications and their pay and employment conditions. Within the proposed system, 3 and 4 year old children would be entitled to 20 hours free early education. In order to achieve this system and the associated better outcomes for children, the government would have to increase its expenditure on ECEC until it equalled 1% of GDP, up from the .5% it spends currently.
To see the PowerPoint presentation by Alison Garnham go to: ICMEC seminar 15 July 2010 presentation on Daycare Trust Quality Costs report CEO Alison Garnham.
The presentations were followed by a wide-ranging discussion among the audience, including policy makers, childcare business leaders, think tank and research agency staff and academics.
Posted 20 July 2010
Childcare in Europe: recent developments
ICMEC seminar 22 February 2010
Both speakers at the second seminar in the 2009/10 ICMEC seminar series recently produced major research reports for the European Commission; Janneke Plantenga for the Directorate General for employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and Helen Penn for the Directorate-General for Education and Culture. For information about these reports, follow these links: Professor J Plantenga 2009 EU report details and weblink; Professor H Penn 2009 EU report details and weblink
Professor Plantenga provided an economist's perspective on childcare provision within the context of gender and employment issues, while Professor Penn discussed international research evidence on the social benefits of early childhood education and care. Professor Plantenga's report comparing childcare data from 30 European countries within and outside the EU was based on SILC data, the Statistics on Income and Living Data. The audience was reminded that in this database family daycare (childminding) is located under 'other' forms of childcare rather than under 'formal' childcare.
Professor Janneke Plantenga is professor of the economics of the welfare state at the Utrecht School of Economics, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. The title of her presentation was The provision of childcare in Europe; the Barcelona Targets revisited? You can see the presentation here: 22 Feb 2010 Professor J Plantenga presentation ICMEC seminar.
Professor Helen Penn provided a stimulating overview and analysis of the consequences of the different rationales employed within the EU for the provision of early education and childcare services. The audience was reminded of the great variety of such rationales. European childcare policy is certainly not homogeneous. She is professor of early childhood at the School of Education and Communities, University of East London. The title of her presentation was: Early childhood education and care: competing trends in Europe. You can see the presentation here: 22 February 2010 Professor H Penn presentation ICMEC seminar.
Posted 25 February 2010