My name is Amy and I am a new mum and a freelance Creative Producer. Since having my baby last year I have been considering how best I can raise my son, potentially have more children and navigate my career. Much of this rides on one conundrum - childcare.
I love what I do and I love my son. He’s only going to be small for a little while and I want to explore ways to interrogate and subvert existing models of paid childcare to fit my needs as a nomadic worker and a mum in the 21st Century.
I believe that existing traditional childcare provision serves industrial 9-5 workers; it is over-priced and mostly average. Young women through vocational training often deliver it, and more often than not, it pays them poorly.
Options are limited and the need is great.
In short: It is no longer fit for purpose.
What might innovation in childcare look like?
What kind of childcare provision could there be for nomadic co-workers?
What can we learn from International approaches and projects?
And in addition:
What support and environment do mums need to become innovators?
How can the insight, motivations and virtues of mums be championed, developed and promoted. How can we fight our corner and raise our collective ambition. How can our voices be heard?
I have got together with Impact Hub Birmingham and Birmingham Open Media to explore the idea of radical childcare and we held a workshop & discussion on Friday 17th April 2015 at Impact Hub Birmingham.
As a group we discussed what the future of Childcare might look like for Nomadic workers, the untethered non 9-5ers like the ones residing at Impact Hub, or at coffee shops, and co-working spaces all around the city and beyond.
I shared my Childcare Utopia - available to read here.
We explored what radical childcare might look like in Birmingham and discussed examples of un-traditional models from other parts of the UK and beyond, what makes them successful and considered the specific needs of our community.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the discussion including Nesta.
We look forward to sharing our ideas & testing out some new and innovative approaches to childcare over the coming months.
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