Social Impact Report – Flexible Childcare Services Scotland
If you are a single parent on a zero-hours contract how can you get reliable childcare when you need it, and which doesn’t leave you worse off? How do you pay for childcare in order to retrain for work or for better work? What if you need childcare by the hour and not by the session? Or occasionally but not regularly?
The availability of childcare to help parents into work and training is vital in tackling child poverty.1 But childcare affordability and flexibility are major barriers facing single parents who want to take up work or get qualifications, with the quality of childcare an associated concern.
So, these three features – affordability and flexibility and quality – shape the design of Flexible Childcare Services Scotland from OPFS, a unique childcare service which provides home-based care, daycare, out-of-school care, and crèche. This report describes both the social impact of affordable, flexible and good quality childcare and what we’ve achieved in the past year. We estimate (conservatively) that the childcare we have provided in 2017/18 has saved the public purse £253,437.