It’s our mission to support everyone to make a success of services for children and families

We were founded in 1999 by our Director, James Hempsall OBE. It’s our mission to support everyone to make a success of the challenges of children's and family policy. We're committed to the best quality practice and outcomes for children, delivered by a professional, resourced and sustainable sector and workforce. Our employed team is mostly based in our offices in Leicester, and we have a thriving network of associate trainers and consultants across the UK working at home and abroad.

We work with: all top-tier local authorities in England; local councils across the UK in NI, Wales and Scotland, central and regional government departments; many small businesses and voluntary groups, charities, and children’s centres; and some major high street brands, national charities, and international governments and global businesses. What we like though, is to be an organisation that really wants to help achieve shared goals, and to be supportive and impartial. Click here to download our printable leaflet. Click here for our menu of services.

That means we have been at the forefront of lots of different strategies and policies, including:

  • Childcare places creation and development
  • Early learning entitlements: increasing hours, flexibility and quality
  • Two- three- and four-year-old early years entitlement: places, pilots, trials and early implementation
  • Childcare Sufficiency Assessments, Childcare Audits
  • DfE regional support and challenge for Childcare Act (2006) duties
  • Achieving Two Year Olds - implementing 15 hours of free early learning for the least advantaged two-year-olds
  • Childcare Works - supporting the implementation of 30 hours for three and four-year-olds
  • Out of school childcare development, places creation and business planning
  • DfE Early Support trainers and capacity building consultants for SEND children
  • Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) consultants
  • Early Years Development and Childcare Partnerships members and consultants
  • Sure Start local programmes and children centres independent evaluators and service providers
  • Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative (NNI) business planning consultants
  • Safeguarding and child protection trainers and consultants
  • Apprenticeships trainers and policy/safeguarding consultants
  • Workforce development and continuous professional development training
  • Childcare recruitment and volunteering campaigns; BME staff and volunteers, and men in childcare
  • Business support for early years and childcare providers
  • EY Covid recovery training
  • Increasing the take-up of Tax-Free Childcare
  • Early Learning Childcare (ELC) and Early Childhood across the world.