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Yoopies in the Media

Yoopies regularly sends out press releases to UK and International Media. We have featured across the BBC and ITV, as well as local and national radio stations. Our news is regularly printed in national and local papers, such as BuzzFeed, The Independent, The Times and The Mirror. This page showcases a selection of the media we have been printed in:

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Why you need to talk to your kids about race - and how to start the conversation

Race is such an important topic to educate children on, here we take a look at some expert advice on how you can start having discussions with your kids about it right now. Click here to read more

Black Lives Matter: How to teach children about anti-racism

Childcare platform Yoopies UK recently created a guide for parents to turn to when approaching speaking to their children about topics relating to the Black Lives Matter movement, including racism, white privilege and the death of George Floyd. Click here to read more.

Free guide released to help parents talk to children about Black Lives Matter

How do I talk to my child about Black Lives Matter? A new, free guide has been created to help British parents explain Black Lives Matter protests to children and teens. Click here to read more

These Childcare Workers Are Fearing For Their Livelihoods Because Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

"Childcare providers have been asked to take on the responsibilities of schools but the liabilities of businesses.” Click here to read more.

Thousands of new childminders at risk of closure without Government support

Childminders are among those who will miss out on the Government’s financial support package for the self-employed if they have been working for less than a year. Businesses set up within the last financial year are not entitled to any support from the Self Employment Income Support Scheme, announced by Rishi Sunak last week. Click here to read more

#StayHomeSaveLives: A guide for parents during the coronavirus lockdown

Leading child care platform Yoopies has created a #StayAtHomeSaveLives Guide for parents to help families adjust to the change of routine during the coronavirus lockdown. Click here to read more

The good news stories helping Devon stay positive during the coronavirus outbreak

In these strange and unprecedented times, the community of Devon is rallying more than ever before. Despite most being on lockdown in their homes, the people of our county are coming up with new and ingenious ways to keep each other's spirits up. Click here to read more

Thousands of childminders face going out of business despite Treasury coronavirus bailout

Thousands of childminders face going out of business as they do not qualify for the Chancellor’s bail out. As many as one in ten of the 39,000 childminders in the UK will miss out on the 80 percent earnings grant because they have not been in business for more than a year. Click here to read more

A guide for parents who are struggling to adjust to working with children at home

The coronavirus outbreak has brought much heartache, difficulty and challenges to us all. For parents, one of the challenges many are now facing is childcare, and how to balance working at home while home-schooling children. It's a big task to take on and, let's face it, isn't easy for anyone to succeed at. But, luckily, Yoopies - an online platform specialising in-home care professionals - has put together a handy guide on to how to make the most of a difficult situation. Click here to read more

Coronavirus: Childminders living in 'heightened anxiety dependent on goodwill of parents'

CHILDMINDERS are living in "heightened anxiety" dependent on the goodwill of parents as they grapple with the intricacies of the chancellor's Covid-19 Self-employed Income Subsidy. With thousands of children now withdrawn from their usual arrangements to ensure compliance with lockdown restrictions, registered childminders can only earn income if they are needed by key worker parents. Click here to read more.

Parents in UK paying additional 5% for childcare for under-twos than a year ago

Parents in England, Scotland and Wales are forking out 5% more on childcare for under-twos than they did a year ago, and 4% more for two-year-olds. Click here to read more

OFSTED launches new childcare registration system to boost workforce

A new website replaces the system previously criticised by applicants for its difficult registration process and lack of centralised guidance. The inspectorate said while the process of registering had not changed, new technology had improved the way in which applicants could register and pay their fees. Click here to read more

Scottish childminders call for government reassessment of self-employed scheme

CHILDMINDERS across Scotland may be forced to close their doors for good as they wait for the UK Government’s self-employment grant to become available. Chancellor Rishi Sunak recently unveiled plans for the Covid-19 package for self-employed workers which offered 80 per cent of earnings to be covered by the government, of up to £2,500 a month, for three months. Click here to read more

How to stop your child being scared by the coronavirus outbreak..

Childcare provider Yoopies has produced information, advice and activities for parents... Click here to read more

Coronavirus guide for children

We have had this message from Lily Pryer of Yoopies which will be of interest to teachers as well as to parents. As cases of coronavirus in the UK rise, the Government is tightening its measures to avoid spreading the virus. In light of Boris Johnson’s Cobra meeting, highlighting that 10,000 people may have contracted the disease and the consequent shift to the ‘delay phase’, it is clear the UK Government is stepping up precautionary actions to slow its spread and take action ‘the right time.’ Click here to read more.

Ofsted launches improved registration system for early years industry

Ofsted has launched its updated online registration system for early years settings in England, a desperately needed digital makeover to tackle the fall in the number of childminders. Click here to read more

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

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%. But Yoopies has called for Ofsted registration fees to be scrapped, claiming that the childcare sector is already experiencing “insurmountable” problems. 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

NANNY STATE OF MIND?

Consider a nanny career as childcare jobs up as parents look for help

British nannies working in the Middle East or Russia can rake in six figures as they are often seen as a status symbol, but be prepared for early starts and late finishes. Click here to read more.

Single parents, gather, Match.com and Pizza Express are hosting a speed dating night for you

Parents can meet like-minded singles while their kids are kept entertained by creating pizza with fully qualified babysitters from service Yoopies. 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