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Yoopies in the Media

Yoopies regularly sends out press releases to UK and International Media. This page showcases some of the media outlets we have been featured in:

Unaffordable Childcare for a quarter of parents

During the election, childcare was called “the holy grail” and parties offered ambitious proposals to improve the affordability of childcare. Better funding of the Early Years Sector and improvements of Government-funded schemes were promised by all parties, and with good reason; Government research published yesterday revealed that over “one-quarter (27%) of parents” found meeting childcare costs “difficult or very difficult, a rise from 23% in 2018.” Click here to read more

Sky-high nursery fees down to unfair system says Worcester lead

RISING costs of childcare are down to 'inadequate' government funding and nurseries being under-valued, an early years lead said.

Alice Bennett who is chair of Worcestershire Independent Providers Society and owns Worcester and Madresfield Early Years Centres said: “You have to equate costs with quality. There is an assumption that early years workers are inferior to mainstream teachers. Click here to read more

Childcare costs more than Uni

The Government has released its Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents 2019, reporting a rise in the number of families that found it “difficult” or “very difficult” to meet their childcare costs.

In conjunction with this survey, new research led by childcare platform, Yoopies UK, reveals that the UK ranks in the top three most expensive countries for childcare in Europe, surpassing the price of UK University tuition fees. Click here to read more

Children who stand to gain the most from formal childcare are least likely to access it

According to Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents in England , 57 percent of children living in the most deprived areas took up a childcare place in 2019, compared to 74 percent of those living in the least deprived areas. 

Sector organisations are calling on the Government to strengthen its focus on disadvantaged communities, by increasing funding levels for the free entitlements and targeting support where it is most needed. Click here to read more

Childcare is more expensive than a University Degree

The Government has released its Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents 2019, reporting a rise in the number of families that found it “difficult” or “very difficult” to meet their childcare costs. In conjunction with this survey, new research led by childcare platform,Yoopies UK, reveals that the UK ranks in the top three most expensive countries for childcare in Europe, surpassing the price of UK University tuition fees. Click here to read more

Proposed Childcare Policies: Who Should I Vote for?

Yoopies UK, an online platform for childcare, explores the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat childcare manifestos to expose how a battle for the biggest figures sidelines the need for a structural change to existing benefit schemes. Click here to read more

Election 2019: Political Promises or Pipe Dreams for the Childcare Sector?

As the General Election draws closer, political parties have outlined their policies for the Early Years Sector. Political promises from the three major parties have centered on offering more hours of free childcare and increased childcare funding. The result: childcare proposals have become a numbers race.Yoopies UK, an online platform for childcare, analyses the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat childcare manifestos. In conjunction with exclusive research, it exposes how a battle for the biggest figures ignores the need for the simplification of the existing schemes. Click here to read more

Thousands of registered childminders pushed out of Early Years Industry

Yoopies UK explores the continued decline in the number of registered childminders and the connection between the latest Tax-Free Childcare Click here to read more

Drop in Oxfordshire childminders is ‘a troubling trend’ - special report

A worrying drop in the number of registered childminders across Britain has been replicated in Oxfordshire. Click here to read more

Benefits Could Help Families Save Up To £12,000 Per Year But 80% Are Not Taking Advantage

The UK Government has been working on developing and adapting their child care assistance schemes such as the 30 hours free childcare scheme for 3-4 year olds, Tax-Free Childcare and Universal Credit, but estimates show that each year some billions of pounds of these means-tested benefits go unclaimed. Click here to read more

Childcare costs set to soar following Government proposals to raise registration costs by 20 percent

Childcare costs are set to soar for parents, following Government plans to raise registration costs by 20 per cent. The annual fee to register with Ofsted will rise from £35 to £43 for childminders and from £220 to £269 for nurseries from next April, according to proposals published by the Department for Education (DfE) Click here to read more

Childminders hit with soaring costs as Ofsted registration fees increase by 23%

Registration fees for childminders and nurseries are to increase by more than 22 percent from next year, sparking fears that it will cause a fall in the already dwindling number of childcare providers. Click here to read more

Childcare platform warns that rise in Ofsted fees could increase burden on childcare

Childcare could be put under increased pressure if plans to raise Ofsted registration fees go ahead, according to a childcare platform.The Department for Education (DfE) announced in July 2019 that inflation increases would see Ofsted fees increase by up to 23%. Click here to read more

Match.com is offering single parents free babysitting to go on dates

Calling all single parents! Do you go out on dates? Yes? How often? Once a... year? According to new research conducted by dating service Match, over a third of single parents say they haven't been on a date in over a year and 45 per cent say they never date. Click here to read more

Couples – make time for a date (without the kids)

When a couple have kids, their lives change forever. Gone are the carefree days and nights, having too much to drink and partying the night away a distant memory. Click here to read more