Innovation in childcare: final report

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Rutter, Jill
Date of publication
14 July 2016
Children and Young People, Families
Social welfare
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This report makes the case for innovating childcare, to make it more affordable, more accessible and more flexible to parents and families.

The political debate over childcare in the UK has intensified in recent years.

This is hardly surprising given the central role that childcare provision plays both in improving life chances for children themselves, and in enabling parents to work.

Key findings:

  • Despite successive governments’ attempts to improve the childcare market in the UK, it is still not working for parents, families and children.
  • Existing and new innovations have the potential to be scaled and address the key pinch points of affordability, accessibility and flexibility in the childcare market.
  • Four areas of innovation that have the greatest potential are co-produced childcare, provider collaboration, new forms of investment and funding and development of informal childcare social networks.

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