#RadicalChildcare is an initiative to explore, imagine and invest in bold new possibilities for the future of childcare. We invite you to discuss and explore how we can make Birmingham the best place to raise children together at a #RadicalChildcare dinner, hosted by Amy Martin with keynote speakers Mike Barclay from Ludiocology and Anna Ehnold-Danailov from PIPA (Parents in Performing Arts campaign).
Mike has over 10 years experience of working in support of children’s play. In addition to running Ludicology, Mike is the play sufficiency lead for Wrexham Council (in line with the Welsh Government’s new statutory duty on play), the registered person for the local authority’s playwork provision, and the lead contract holder for funding to third sector playwork providers. Mike’s work on the play sufficiency assessment and risk management systems in Wrexham has featured in national research and guidance.
Working in the creative industries means unpredictable working patterns, last minute recruitment practices, low earnings and regular travel. Parents face significant difficulties accessing affordable, flexible childcare. In 2015 an independent survey of over 500 parents in the creative industries conducted by Laura Wells, found that 74% of respondents had missed out on work due to childcare issues. Anna Ehnold-Danailov, Director and Cassie Raine, Actor had both recently returned to work after having children and were witness to the damaging lack of support and provision for parents and carers working in the Performing Arts. Together they founded Parents In Performing Arts, a campaign now backed by Equity, The Old Vic, BECTU, Musicians Union, Family Arts Campaign, ITC, UK Theatre and
The Young Vic. Their aim is to understand and raise awareness of the issues of parents and carers working in the Performing Arts Industry and challenge the status quo.
Book your place for free at bit.ly/RadicalChildcareCC
This event is part of #CityCampBrum – an open festival exploring and unleashing positive solutions for the future of the city.
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