Childcare Voices

People on the frontline of the childcare crisis share their stories and investigate the historical roots of the problems they face. As they look into the past, will they find solutions to the problems of today? 

Hear from campaigners for single parents' rights, migrants with no recourse to public funds, parents of disabled children, breastfeeding mothers and parents of teenagers about their childcare experiences.

Eva, an artist who found stay and play groups a lifeline when her child was a baby and now runs her own, investigates the history of the Hackney Playbus, which has provided play opportunities to local families for 40 years. Ruth, a single parent campaigner investigates how things have changed (if at all) for single parents and what needs to change to allow single parents to thrive. Ade, parent of a child with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, investigates how SEND families have broken down isolation in the past. Raquel, a former au pair, delves into the history of the East London based Ayah’s Home for childcare workers brought over from India to care for children on the long voyage to Britain.


Artwork by Eva Freeman

Sound design by Hannah Kemp Welch

This podcast is part of the Grow Your Own oral history project, run by On the Record, funded by Trust for London, in partnership with Post Pandemic Childcare Coalition