IF YOU ARE BUILDING A LOCAL CAMPAIGN IN YOUR AREA, YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE TO DO IT ON YOUR OWN.
We do not have regular funding and are largely working on a volunteer basis at present – slowly developing how to build the coalition democratically.
Meanwhile our biggest resource is our network – if you have a campaign we can happily put you in touch with experienced campaigners, comms experts, journalists, and researchers. Email us: PostPandemicChildcare@gmail.com
You may also find this post useful – as a start we asked parent campaigner, Orest Bakhovski, to give us some tips from the successful campaign to Save Hillingdon's Public Nurseries.
As part of the 'Grow Your Own' oral history project we will be developing this article and further useful materials for campaigners. We aim to build a set of community-built resources that workers, local campaigners, parents, and workers can all use in the fight for childcare.
These resources will include:
Local Democracy – accessible designed materials explaining how to understand local council democratic structures and start your own campaign.
‘Who is (Still) Holding the Baby?’ 2024 – Campaign materials will map the structures of the current 'fragmented', privatised, and chain dominated childcare system in England – centring the voices of childcare workers paid, underpaid and unpaid. We plan to produce resources to understand how childcare has been undervalued, what universal public and cooperative early years education and care provision remains, and provide historical alternatives and potentials for how looking after the youngest children can be supported and funded. We will begin the research for this at Hackney Museum Community room on 25 November 2023 (please join us!).
This resource will be informed by testimony in the 'Grow Your Own' series of podcasts, where people on the frontline of the childcare crises share their stories and investigate the historical roots of the problems they face.
Ally Directory – breaking down the early years advocacy landscape/ industry –listing existing campaigns and established charities and NGOs, and the practical, research and campaign support they can provide. Contact details of experienced campaigners, comms experts, journalists, and researchers – available by request
We are beginning to establish 'chapters' - local networks of activists - in different regions of England.
In London, we have connected activists involved in campaigns to save nurseries in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Salford, with new local campaigns fighting against closures.
Please be in touch and tell us about your local campaign or if you'd like to set up a chapter in your area!
Likewise if you have time to help with campaigns, an idea for a resource or feel you have something worth sharing, please get in touch via our Contact Page.
Join OUR NExt Meeting!
We run regular online meetings where parents, carers, and workers from across the UK can come together to discuss the issues facing them and work together to campaign for solutions.