SWEET CHILD(CARE) OF MINE: investing in universal provision



In this episode:

Here’s an episode you’ve been asking us to do for a while: we’re talking about the case for universal childcare. Susanne Garvis explains what we can learn from the childcare utopia of Sweden, where she spends more on pre-school for her puppy than her daughter. Then childcare experts Claire Harding and Jerome de Henau discuss problems with the UK system & how we could achieve universal provision. With benefits from parental employment to child development, it’s a no-brainer…

After that, writer Stella Duffy is here to talk about Fun Palaces! First dreamt up in the 1960s, Stella and her team have made the vision of culture for all, and by all, a reality. Turns out it’s not too late to set up your own for the Fun Palaces weekend coming up in October.


Susanne Garvis, professor of child and youth studies at the University of Gothenburg

Claire Harding, acting head of Coram Family and Childcare

Jerome De Henau (@jerome_dehenau), senior lecturer in economics at the Open University and co-chair for policy at the Women’s Budget Group

Stella Duffy (@stellduffy), writer and co-founder of Fun Palaces 

More info

Childcare in the UK

Childcare elsewhere

Fun Palaces

Joel Pearce