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Leadership Insights is the home of our Fellows' research and provocation pieces which they complete as part of their Fellowship programme, in addition to specially commissioned research carried out by, and on behalf of, Clore Social Leadership.


Co-produced childcare: An alternative route

By Sophia Parker , November 2015

As a mother of two and a social policy advisor, Sophia is a passionate advocate of alternative routes to childcare, and her investigation into childcare co-operatives formed the basis of her Clore Social research.  Titled, ‘Co-produced childcare: An alternative route to affordable, high quality provision in the UK?’, Sophia worked with New Economics Forum (NEF) to understand the benefits that childcare co-operatives would bring to the childcare sector.  

Brought to life through five profiles of co-operative models from around the world, the evidence suggests that the parent co-op model offers better outcomes for children, parents and staff, at the same time as costing less.

In light of this, Sophia is now looking for partners to develop this approach further in the UK.

Read her research here.

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