Here are some of the projects that Daycare Trust has worked on in the past.
Volunteering in early years and childcare
Involving parents and volunteers from the wider community within a childcare setting can have huge benefits for the parents and volunteers involved, for the setting and for the children. Volunteers can bring in new skills, widen the range of activities on offer, provide expertise in business development, fundraising or marketing and can enhance the links that you have with your parents and the wider community.
This project, funded by the Department for Education, seeks to promote volunteering in the early years and childcare by providing resources for childcare settings and local authorities, and piloting volunteer models.
London childcare network
The aims of the network were that:
Childcare information for third sector organisations April 2009- March 2011
To support parent advisers to meet parents' information needs around paying for childcare, Daycare Trust was funded by the Department for Education to deliver free training sessions to voluntary and community sector organisations and to develop resources for advisers. We also developed two resources to help advisers to work out the specific help parents may be entitled to and detailed information about the different forms of financial help and how to claim it.
Daycare Trust working with the Grandparents' Association
Daycare Trust is working with the Grandparents' Association to support grandparents who provide informal care for their grandchildren. Recent research by Daycare Trust shows that 36 per cent of families get help with childcare from grandparents. This amounts to 4 million grandparent carers in the UK providing almost 10 hours of childcare each week.
Over the next two years we will be contributing to articles for grandparents onwww.grandparents-association.org.uk covering topics such as home learning; communicating with your grandchildren's nursery or pre-school; providing quality childcare at home and understanding the early years foundation stage.
We are also planning a series of workshops on supporting and reaching out to grandparents who provide childcare for their grandchildren. The events will be open to grandparents, family support workers, FIS and children's centre outreach workers to understand the needs of childcaring grandparents and share good practice.
Further information will be added as the project progresses and details of future workshops will be given here.
For more information on this project visit www.grandparents-association.org.uk.
Free training in Sheffield December 2008 - April 2009
Between December 2008 and April 2009, Daycare Trust, supported by Awards for All, offered two free childcare training sessions to advisers and three free parent outreach sessions in conjunction with the Refugee Council Gateway project in Sheffield. The aim of the course was to give an outline of various childcare issues to refugee parents and advisers who had little or no previous knowledge of the subject area. Topics covered in the training included childcare options, local authority childcare duties and help with childcare costs, including, free early years education sessions and help for parents who were working or studying.
childwise, moneywise April 2008 - March 2009
childwise, moneywise aimed to improve access to information about childcare and the finanicial help available for the costs of it for parents who do not speak English as a first language. The audio resources that was produced as part of the project were made available in nine languages: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Urdu, Somali and English. Daycare Trust Information Services also introduced a telephone interpretation service for parents and delivered free training to parent advisers in Manchester and London who work with families who do not speak English as a first language.
Everyone Counts January 2004 - June 2005
The Everyone Counts project, funded by BBC Children in Need looked at the childcare needs of disabled children, children with special educational needs and their families. It aimed to highlight the main barriers encountered when it comes to childcare. Many thanks to all the families and professionals who gave time to help us in this project!
The Childcare Challenge - reaching all children and families September 2002 - August 2004
Building on Daycare Trust’s previous research and development work on childcare and child poverty, the Childcare Challenge aim was to highlight gaps in disadvantaged areas and pockets of deprivation. This 2 year project was generously supported by the Community Fund.
NHS Childcare Strategy April 2001 - May 2006
Daycare Trust worked with the NHS to develop childcare to help recruit and retain health service staff.
Making More Great and Affordable Childcare a Reality