Financial support for independent childminder's and childcare providers

Financial support for independent childminder's and childcare providers

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Charlotte Dahlgaard-Sigsworth started this petition to Government

My daughter hads been to the same childminder since she was 2 years old - she is now 11. During that time Sarah has become a second mum to my daughter and a part of our family.  She always goes beyond her job role and provides amazing care to all the children she looks after.

With the current situation with schools and childcare closing, she stands to loose everything.

A lot of people are in similar situations I know. But it sounds like the government will provide support for small businesses and certain other workers. More will follow I expect.

However the childcare sector has a problem,  some are registered business,  some just registered childminders. Now they're told to close and they don't qualify for support or insurance claim for a variety of reasons.  They can't care for the children who they look after and they see families struggling where one parent is an "essential worker" but the other isn't so they now have to take unpaid leave for the child, maybe until September.  The parents, and the childcare providers, won't cope without financial support.

And then there are nurseries (and schools) where a couple of children will qualify for childcare during this period.  They may not be full time or even the same days. But staff, heating, food etc has to be provided. Again not covered by insurance as these are exceptional circumstances.  Not many businesses can survive that.

I believe this is an enormous crisis waiting to happen.  In a country where childcare is hard to find and extremely expensive compared to other European countries having hundreds if not thousands of childcare providers go out of business is going to mean that,  once this pandemic is over and society regains a form of normality,  parents will struggle to find childcare and then they won't be able to go to work.

The government need to protect this industry financially and quickly.

Please sign and share. Let's protect our children's future and ours.

 

 

 

 

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