#RadicalChildcare is an initiative to explore, imagine and invest in bold new possibilities for the future of childcare.
Based in Birmingham, we want to work with parents, grandparents, professionals in the sector; commissioners, policy makers, educationalists, serial entrepreneurs and many others to develop and test radical solutions to enable children and families to thrive.
Why childcare matters
Childcare has become unaffordable, inflexible and simply not good enough for too many people. Like housing, it's one of the issues in modern life that makes families feel trapped, dictating the limits of their working practice and personal relationships. Together we can do better, by exploring new approaches built on trust, flexibility and shared resources. Together we can find out, if it takes a village to raise a child, what this modern village could look like.
Despite pockets of great practice, childcare choices seem dominated by cost and time constraints. We want to look at childcare that can unleash and uplift both children and parents to flourish in a time of rapid change. By adapting childcare to how we live, learn and work we can bring out the best in the city for generations to come.
What are great ways to organise childcare that truly work with how people would like to live? What would radically better childcare enable?
A radical approach
There will never be a single silver bullet to address a systemic challenge like childcare. We aim to host a more optimistic conversation to re-imagine the future of childcare, bringing together lots of people and ideas across public, private and civic life. We hope to deploy financial, social and human capital to help develop imaginative models for future practice. What if, through re-thinking childcare, Birmingham became the best place to raise children, together? What would an amazing Birmingham for children look like in 10 years?
Opening the conversation
We are looking to surface, explore, provoke and share ideas in a space of possibility, curiosity, optimism, and generosity. We’re interested in a wide range of radical solutions to make childcare more accessible, collaborative, creative and flexible, affordable and intergenerational. Whatever your perspective, we’d love to hear from you. Join the conversation on twitter using #RadicalChildcare
Be part of #RadicalChildcare
As part of our Open enquiry into the childcare system we are hosting a number of events and activities in order to involve as wide a range of perspectives as possible. If you'd like to share your thoughts or be kept informed of events, join the mailing list.
#RadicalChildcare is convened by
F A M A L A M stages unusual cultural products, exploring the viability of new ideas in art, entertainment, parenting, play and learning for younger audiences and their families. F A M A L A M was founded by Creative Producer, Amy Martin and her (then) 9 month old son Theodore.