Nursery

The report is clear: disabled children’s rights are being compromised

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 | 3 comments

The report is clear: disabled children’s rights are being compromised

This week, I attended the launch of the Parliamentary report into childcare for disabled children. Chaired by MPs Robert Buckland and Pat Glass, it took into consideration extensive research by Contact a Family and the personal evidence of parents, local councils and education providers. The report is stark reading. The statistics are truly awful. Children are being denied a right to an education and play, and this goes against the UN Convention on the Rights of Children, not to mention our own British laws. In short, it is illegal. On the night, I was asked to speak again. I pointed out the...

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Are disabled children being denied their right to an education?

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 | 5 comments

Are disabled children being denied their right to an education?

May and I appear in The Independent today defending disabled children’s right to early years education. The article takes much from the speech I gave in Parliament, and thus the reason why I didn’t publish the speech earlier. The title of the article is ‘Are disabled children being refused the right to an early years education?‘ — but it could have easily have read ‘Are the mothers of disabled children being refuse their basic right to work?’ The issues go hand in hand. Here is the article. You can see it in full on The Independent’s website....

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They invited WHO to Parliament? (Hint: You know her.)

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 | 6 comments

They invited WHO to Parliament? (Hint: You know her.)

It is a terrible thing for a child to be born with one burden - their disability – and find they are more encumbered by another, our exclusion. Last week, I was invited to Parliament to give evidence about why finding childcare for disabled children is so difficult.   

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Today I’ll be speaking at Parliament about this…

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 | 6 comments

Today I’ll be speaking at Parliament about this…

Disabled children are almost completely denied child care in Britain. That means their mothers can not return to work. That means they are denied the access to early years education that is a right for every other child in the country. These children cost more; they take more time, more supervision, more training and even changes to the infrastructure of buildings. At this time, the government does not provide extra funding which leaves families like mine scrambling for child care and often needing to quit their jobs as a result. It is a human rights issue that is seriously putting children...

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On the BBC tomorrow… and next week…

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 | 1 comment

On the BBC tomorrow… and next week…

Child care for disabled children needs urgent attention by the British government. Almost 3/4 of mothers have to give up their jobs or move to part-time work after having a disabled child, according to research by the charity Contact a Family. Not only that, but they have uncovered that the fees for children who are accepted are 8x the cost of other children.  May at the time when she started at nursery. Readers of this blog will be familiar with our issues in this area: from an “outstanding” nursery that said they prioritised special needs refusing to take May to a nursery...

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