Thursday, 14 March 2013

Changes to childcare

Ramblings from a while back, but still relevant I think.....

The government have decided the best way to decrease the cost of childcare is to increase the child to carer ratio. This is suppose to mean, nurseries, child minders etc, can take on more children and pass on the reductions to parents. Who in their right mind actually thinks this is going to work??

Nurseries run as a business. It is not always about the children. Lets be honest, it's the owners who are usually quite comfortable when it comes to money. Their staff, on the other hand, are poorly paid. Some of them are there because they knew they wanted to work with children and it is that sense of vocation which brings in new staff.  Increase the ratios and it is the staff who suffer. The owners get paid more and I doubt many of them will pass this increase on to staff let alone parents.

I applaud the government for trying to address the subject but this is not the way. Taking away child benefit was not a great idea as people used that money for things like nursery fees. The child benefit is a totally different post that I really need to write.

Oh michs space, how I have missed thee!!

It has been quite a while since I last blogged.  I have had quite a few things going on including starting another company - I will tell you about that in a minute!  Realising last night I am just too tired to do much come the evening, I decided I will have to blog in the mornings while on my work breaks!

As hinted to above, I have started a new company.  It is called Tape Copy.  Quite a simple concept, I take your old tapes, audio or visual, along with any other discs, memory cards etc you may have and put all the information onto a digital format that you can use.  It seems to be mainly people wanting their VHS tapes converted onto DVD but there have been a few requests for photos from camera memory cards to be placed onto a CD.  It may not be that people are unable to do the job themselves, it can just be that it is something they have put off time and time again and it is easier to send it off, letting someone else take the hassle away.  If this sounds like you, go and check out the Tape Copy site.

This has been my main focus at the moment hence the delay in writing my blog.  I have a lot knocking around my skull, so I may just bombard Michs Space with a few posts over the next few days!

Till next time.....!