Coram Family and Childcare will remain an independent registered charity and will continue its current work programme including running the Parent Champions National Network, reaching thousands of disadvantaged families each year, its childcare surveys, the definitive source of information on the cost and availability of childcare in the UK each year, and supporting the All Party Parliamentary Group on Families in the Early Years. Its Holiday Childcare Survey 2018 was released on 18 July and provides the most up to date information on the cost and availability of childcare during school holidays.
Ellen Broome, CEO of the Family and Childcare Trust said:
I am very excited by the opportunity that joining the Coram group provides to help us meet the needs of more families and have a greater impact. For 30 years, the Family and Childcare Trust and our predecessor organisations have been championing the needs of families, particularly around childcare and the early years. During that time, we have seen childcare move up the public policy agenda and we have seen significant additional investment.
But we still face considerable challenges. Many parents in the UK are frozen out of work by the high cost and low availability of childcare and many children miss out on the boost to their outcomes that high quality provides. The brunt of childcare costs and shortages are borne by disadvantaged families. I look forward to working as part of the Coram group to create a childcare and early years system that works for all families.
Dr Carol Homden CBE, CEO of Coram, said
Tackling inequality and making sure that all children are respected and protected are at the heart of Coram’s work and Coram Family and Childcare will help us to have a greater impact for families.
By combining expertise and experience, we will develop, deliver and promote best practice to strive for change and will not rest until every child has the best possible chance in life.
Find out more about Coram Family and Childcare’s work here.