#RadicalChildcare is an initiative to inspire, imagine, explore and invest into the future for children and families in Birmingham.
Back in April 2015, Amy Martin of F A M A L A M shared her vision for a childcare utopia founded on interrogating and subverting existing models of childcare to fit her needs as a nomadic worker and mum in the 21st Century. At the same time here at Impact Hub Birmingham we were thinking about why we were disillusioned with the fast venture business approach to solving complex problems, and these narratives collided to plant the seeds of a now growing #RadicalChildcare movement.
Early in 2016, we developed a proposal for this two-year place-based system change initiative which explains our new methodology, bringing together 10 years of practical experience in movement building around purpose-driven entrepreneurship, developing accelerator and social investment programmes, and systems thinking about city-regions. Through 6-9 months of development work, we will be refining our methodology through a number of activities, with a view to launch the initiative at full scale in 2018. We believe that by unlocking the power of all of us, we can generate deep impact and we are open to everyone to join us on this journey.
Children as citizens and changemakers
In Birmingham, radical change remains particularly crucial given that a third of children are living in poverty.
Children and families at the forefrontWe believe that children and families should be at the forefront of the #RadicalChildcare movement. We are already seeing huge benefits in designing an intergenerational learning community, a place where families can co-construct safer, healthier, more resilient communities together and continue to welcome children and families to join the community whether as part of our Children's membership or other programmes and events.
“Childcare feels reflective of a wider societal idea that everyone should be in 9-5 jobs, so you give your child to someone…
“I’d like to have more time with my son when he is full of energy, rather than when he’s winding down in the evenings a…
“I’ve achieved a lot in my professional life, whereas family life is a new challenge for me.” Daniella i…
“Before I had kids I was told, ‘your life won’t change much, but your wife’s life will’, and that actually kind of …
“Developing my sons’ understanding of the culture and communities of which they are a part is important, as well as them …
Extending the Family
A number of activities and initiatives will be launched throughout the development phase with a view to building a broad, diverse and vibrant movement, engaging a wide range of collaborators. This will be a range of facilitated workshops using our open inquiry methodology to actively listen and test our assumptions. It will supported by a variety of pilot projects, events and programmes around parent-led childcare innovation.
This page will be updated with further info about collaborators, partners and initiatives who we will be working with over the coming weeks, however, if you are particularly interested in working with us or would like to have a conversation, enter your details into the form and we'll get back to you.