Are you struggling to pay for childcare? If so, you are not alone. Many families in the UK are finding it increasingly difficult to afford the high cost of childcare. But there is hope. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Childcare is holding its annual Childcare Week, and this is a great opportunity for you to raise your concerns and have your voice heard.
Childcare Week is an important initiative that aims to raise awareness about the need for affordable and accessible childcare. It’s a time when parents, caregivers, and other stakeholders come together to discuss the issues that affect us all and to call for change.
One of the key ways in which we can support the APPG’s Childcare Week is by sharing our own experiences and stories. By sharing our own struggles and successes, we can help to make the case for increased funding in the early years.
So if you are a parent or caregiver, we encourage you to get involved in the APPG’s Childcare Week. You can do this by sharing your own stories, by attending events and rallies, and by spreading the word about the importance of early years funding. Have a look at our posts about childcare funding for 2 year olds and funding for 3 & 4 year olds.
Write to your local MP
As part of Childcare Week, the APPG on Childcare encourages families to write to their local MP to raise their concerns about the cost of childcare. This is a powerful way to make your voice heard and to let your MP know that this is an issue that matters to you.
When writing to your MP, it’s important to be clear and concise. You should explain your situation and why you believe that the cost of childcare is a concern. You should also suggest some possible solutions, such as increasing government funding for early years education and childcare or providing tax credits for working families. Check out our letter template here!
It’s also important to remember that you are not alone. Many other families are facing the same challenges as you. By coming together and raising our voices, we can make a real difference.
So if you are struggling to pay for childcare, now is the time to speak up. Use Childcare Week as an opportunity to raise your concerns and to call for change. Write to your local MP and be a part of the conversation. Together, we can help to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Posting on social media
Posting on social media using the hashtags #ChildcareandEarlyEducationWeek, #FundEarlyYears, #CEEAPPG. These posts can include activities educators have set up for the children, or can celebrate the amazing work your team do on a daily basis.
Our staff at Tops will also be making videos explaining how vital the early years sector is. These will be posted across all our social media platforms so keep an eye out for those!
Read some news articles here for further information about rising childcare costs: ‘What else can we cut out?’, How to tackle the crumbling early-years childcare crisis, Help with your childcare costs