Brent Council launches ‘Flexible Childminding Pool’ to help working parents

Brent Council has launched a flexible childminding pool

Brent Council has launched a flexible childminding pool - Credit: Archant

Brent Council have launched a new childcare scheme for parents in the borough who work unsociable hours or need help at the last minute.

Cllr Michael Pavey at the scheme's launch

Cllr Michael Pavey at the scheme's launch - Credit: Archant

The ‘Flexible Childminding Pool’ will offer cover at unpredictable hours or at short notice, as and when required.

The service was introduced after a survey of 1,332 Brent parents revealed that difficulties finding flexible, affordable childcare was the main barrier preventing many from either attending interviews, taking up employment or undertaking shift work or weekend work.

Some childminders participating in the affordable scheme can also look after youngster overnight or during weekends.

Brent has pioneered the service in association with partner organisations; including Jobcentre Plus, NHS Brent and Citizens Advice Bureau who can refer parents to the pool.

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Cllr Michael Pavey, Brent Council’s lead member for children and families, said: “We are absolutely dedicated to providing the highest quality childcare for local families.

“Flexible childcare will make a huge difference to local parents in Brent who have struggled to attend interviews or to accept jobs because of childcare difficulties.

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“This innovative new scheme will also ensure young children are kept safe, happy and stimulated.”

For more information about the service email or call 020 8937 3001.

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