This demonstration of the Kidoop platform gives parents and childminders an insight into what a Parent Childcare Cooperative involves and practical advice on how to set one up.
Parent Childcare Cooperatives are parent governed childcare initiatives that can range from half a day a week session to full time nursery care. Parents with children enrolled within the childcare are members of the cooperative and elect a membership board that establishes policies and employs qualified childcare workers to run the day-to-day operations along with parent members. Beside their governance role, parents can volunteer as play workers or classroom assistants, organise fundraising events or be involved in support activities. Parent Childcare Cooperatives are relatively uncommon in the UK but make up nearly 10% of provision in countries such as Canada and New Zealand.
At this stage Kidoop is just a prototype, but we hope that a resource like Kidoop might help to make Parent Childcare Cooperatives a feasible alternative here in the UK, one that is more flexible, affordable and rooted in community, allowing children, parents and communities to thrive.
This prototype was created as part of the NearNow Studio (nearnow.org.uk) and funded by Arts Council England and Innovate UK, it forms part of the #RadicalChildcare programme at Impact Hub Birmingham. #RadicalChildcare is an initiative to explore, imagine and invest in bold new possibilities for the future of childcare.
For more information please visit: https://birmingham.impacthub.net/mission/radicalchildcare/
Read more about how Kidoop was created here
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