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Chair of the Commission for Affordable Childcare
  • Employer: Hackney Education
  • Reference: HLT/22/213588
  • Published: Fri 30/09/2022, 12:14 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 17/10/2022, 22:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Part Time
  • Hours: 15 days over 6 months
  • Salary: £450 per day
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Hackney

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Chair of the Commission for Affordable Childcare

Hackney Education provides a range of services to support the education of children, young people and adults in our inner London borough. Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. Within our diverse borough we serve a wide range of children and young people. We have a particular focus on supporting less advantaged families: Hackney figures in the 10% most deprived boroughs in England on a number of measures.

Hackney Education’s key priority is to improve the life chances of every child, young person and learner: making Hackney the most forward looking education system in the UK, where schools, settings and partners provide an exciting environment which ensures inclusion and success for everyone. We see our borough as being one of the best places in the country for young people to grow, learn, develop and achieve – and one of the best places for colleagues to work and thrive in our education system.

Affordable childcare is a growing challenge for parents and carers across the country. Increasingly parents and carers are reporting the pressure on living costs and the proportion allocated to childcare costs. In response to growing concern from Hackney residents, Hackney Council has committed to establishing a Commission for Affordable Childcare. 

Hackney Council is seeking to appoint a Chair for a Commission for Affordable Childcare. The Commission will map childcare provision and access in the borough, explore and make recommendations on options to support the growth of more public and private affordable child care options ─ including more social enterprise, third sector and co-op provision, and continue to invest in our network of local childminders. The Commission will run for approximately 6-9 months from late 2022 to Spring 2023. 

As the Independent Chair of the commission, you will lead this work with a group of commission members and the support of a project officer, engaging with Council services, local providers, and residents to gather the information and understanding required. You will be expected to effectively communicate findings and recommendations, supported by thorough engagement and research. 

To be successful in this role, you will have a passion for Early Years and early childhood development, understanding of the broader offer of childcare and the sector, and the ability to analyse complex issues and develop recommendations. 

You may have experience working within the early childhood sector, such as managing childcare services, and demonstrate knowledge of the childcare and early years sector. You will have a passion for providing high quality, sustainable services to children and families to give children the best start in life. The role will require approximately 15 days over 6 months. Remuneration for this role will be offered at £450 per day. 

Additional Information

For more information about the role please see the recruitment information pack. For further information on the role please contact Donna Thomas, Head of Early Years, Early Help & Wellbeing on or 0208 820 7594.

Interviews: w/c 17th & 24th October 2022

Hackney Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment. As this role involves regulated activity, the successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check and additional pre-employment checks in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people and people from a black and ethnic minority background as these groups are currently under represented in our workforce.