When Amanda and Liam created the Clann platform they did it to support their purpose and not to be the purpose...Clann’s purpose is to support the informal care sector where millions of Australian families rely on care provided by well-meaning but untrained, unsupervised and unsupported, grandparents, extended family, friends, neighbours and others by:1 Creating pathways to employment for those providing informal care increasing their household income;2 Reducing the risks of disadvantage for those providing and receiving informal care;A platform that matches families and carers cannot achieve this purpose in of itself. So the Clann induction programs were created by our [...]
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Today we are talking to Erin and Kate, who have put their children in the care of Lisa, who is a child minder on her way to open a family care for children with Clann. Erin and Kate work for a cleaning company specialising in cleaning for disabled clients. They explain how they had been exempted from the restrictions through the recent lockdowns, and considered essential workers. They say that they also genuinely wanted to continue working as they understand the impact that changing cleaners and routines has on their clients. Kate says that the biggest concern of all was [...]
Why this particular adage, "It takes a village to raise a child...", answered by Liam and Amanda McFadden.
We have recently talked to a number of parents about their understanding of the concept of " a village it takes to raise a child", which is the core of Clann's philosophy, and the benefits it can provide for their children. Subsequently, Amanda and Liam, the founders of Clann, further spoke about the "village" model of childcare in an interview you can view here. Today I would like to summarise the discussion and add some thoughts that resonated with me. In the conversation with Amanda and Liam, I referred to my personal experience of shopping locally in the context of [...]
A couple of weeks ago Amanda and Liam , the founders of Clann, answered the very first question many have when they hear about Clann: "What Is Clann?". (You can view the interview by clicking on a link here). Today, we would like to elaborate on the response to the question and 'the many things Clann is". Firstly, Clann is a "social enterprise" that aims to help families in need to find affordable, local, trustworthy, professional, caring, and flexible care for children, the elderly and disabled. Clann was founded because Amanda and Liam found themselves , like millions of Australian [...]
Clann is many things (however, originally and fundamentally, it is a social enterprise that helps local families become providers of affordable, flexible, safe, and caring childcare for other local families needing care. The philosophy behind this purpose is that "It takes a village to raise a child". Today, we decided to break the meaning of this old adage down and asked Amy, Jas, Kayla and Brian to discuss how they understand the context of their understanding of Life. Be in it. FamilyCare. The questions we asked revolved around whether the concept would impact on their decisions to place their children [...]
Why Get Paid To Be A Carer Many people are already a carer or one who is providing care for family members, and yet they don't realize that they have developed marketable skills while caring for family members. Perhaps you have recently had to homeschool your children, or you have a disabled family member that you are taking care of. Maybe you are the caregiver for an elderly parent or loved one. In any of the above cases, you most likely can't work a full-time job, a part-time job that requires a regular hours commitment and you may lack the [...]
As we were researching and developing Clann we became aware of census data showing the numbers of informal / unpaid carers of children, elderly and people with a disability that for various reasons are not being supported by government services. For example while there are 1.6m children in government supported care services there are more than a million children who are being cared for by others. We have since spoken to many such carers and understand that being a carer outside the system can often limit job prospects as you cannot commit to regular hours. Relying on a carers allowance [...]
So….What have we done since Covid? Like many families ours has spent the past 6-months re-evaluating what we have been doing and what we can do in this strange and uncertain new world we find ourselves in to help families economically and socially. Some years ago, my wife and I were working from home and needed childcare for our then 3-year old. Wow! What a miserable experience arranging that turned out to be. Major bureaucracy, no flexibility, long distances to drop off / pick-up, no choice of her individual Carer and more than we could afford. So Alice (like a [...]