Famiio wins Innovate UK funding to develop new localgov childcare planning platform
Famiio has been awarded a £50,000 grant by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to build and pilot a new online localgov childcare platform over the next six months.
Famiio was awarded funding after a highly-competitive process attracting over 8,600 applications from across the UK. The Famiio platform will help all parents and families to find childcare information in one place – making the process of organising childcare, to meet their needs, quicker, easier and less stressful. For local authorities it will bring up-to-date information, effective monitoring and reporting through a common platform – offering automated brokerage and both cost and time savings. The platform will also enable childcare providers to promote their services and facilities in a more consistent way to parents.
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised serious issues around childcare. The British Medical Association stated, “COVID-19 and the government measures introduced to tackle the virus have had a significant impact on childcare. Many doctors and other NHS staff have seen their usual forms of childcare breakdown. With at least 57% of early years childcare settings currently closed, we do not have enough childcare provision for critical workers.”
“Lack of access to available childcare poses a barrier to parents returning to work and threatens employment levels and UK economic recovery.”
Childcare providers have been significantly impacted and many have already stated in a national survey (carried out by PACEY – the Professional Association for Childcare & Early Years) that they will not reopen after lockdown, therefore creating a shortfall in available childcare at a crucial time for parents.
Research shows that 65% of Grandparents provide some form of childcare in the UK and whilst they remain ‘at-risk’ from COVID-19, it further increases pressure on the childcare system. Lack of access to available childcare poses a barrier to parents returning to work and threatens employment levels and UK economic recovery.
Famiio founder and CEO, Gary Todd, stated, “We are very excited to receive Innovate UK funding. To be selected from such a high volume of applications is confirmation of the clear need for greater digital innovation and resilience in the childcare sector during the pandemic recovery. With this award, we will pioneer a smarter, more flexible connected solution for the future”.
Famiio is working with their local Enterprise Europe Network advisor for innovation support services to assist with the project and maximise commercial opportunities. The company also received bid-writing assistance via the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Famiio now welcomes expressions of interest in the pilot project from local authorities seeking innovative solutions to the childcare challenge.
Author: Gary Todd
Founder and CEO, Famiio. With a wealth of experience within the public sector, Gary previously worked with the Department for Education on national data projects and is a former frontline local authority manager.
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