#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 more 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.

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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 families 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.

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. We feel re-designing the childcare system is an idea whose time has come. Recent work shows an increase in focus and energy by citizens.

Check out Sophia Parker and NEF's recent paper on co-produced childcare here. For lots more amazing examples, check out the projects we love.

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.

Find out where we're currently at as part of the #RadicalChildcare development phase and how you can get involved below.
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#RadicalChildcare Update

It’s a really exciting time for #RadicalChildcare, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share what’s been happening, as well as what is building for the next chapter.  A number of people we have worked with and encountered through…

Playworker Wizards Wanted

Impact Hub Birmingham are seeking Playworker Wizards (DBS Checked) to join our skills trade programme working specifically to host our weekly Creche and Parent Members – Do you have experience of working with children and would you like to join…

Parent Membership

Impact Hub Birmingham: Parent Membership Update Since the official launch of the Impact Hub Brum’s Parent Membership at the beginning of the year, a lot has transpired. A culmination of hard work and creative application, alongside supportive and engaged networks,…

A Summer of Mini Activism

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