Childcare priority for working parents

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I have created this petition and I write the following for not only me, but thousands of working parents! 

There continues to be an increasing concern around the lack of childcare options for working parents. Although there is a global understanding around the lack of education resources, staff, placements etc there is a never ending cycle of priority based placements provided by the council - otherwise known as “banding”. As a result, working parents are not viewed as a “priority” and due to the limited number of placements available, parents are expected to seek out and pay private childcare costs.... which can be as much as a mortgage for a new house! So most parents are returning to work full time with the majority of their wage going towards childcare costs. Not returning to work is sometimes the only option for those who cannot afford to pay private nursery costs.

I studied for 6 years at university to achieve a masters degree in a job that directly contributes to children and families in society. I have 2 children. 1 child has a nursery placement in a local authority establishment. My second has been declined a local authority nursery placement due to “priority applications”. I have no other childcare options and I am unable to afford private nursery fees. I WANT to return to work full time but due to the lack of childcare options I may need to end my current employment. This is only one example of the many working parents who go through the same level of stress and anxiety when preparing to return to work. 

There needs to be a change and a sense of equality when considering early education placements for working parents. I appreciate as much as anyone the need for priority placements (as it is my direct line of work and I often submit referrals for priority placements) however, the educational establishments need to adapt their application processes for a fair and equal placement system. 

By signing this petition you are supporting thousands of working parents who are experiences the same difficulties in various different circumstances when trying to access childcare. 

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