Stacey sits on some stairs with her two children and husband Ian

Supporting Armed Forces families: wraparound childcare

For two service families in the Royal Navy and Army, free wraparound childcare is helping to develop their careers and support them financially.

I think the Army has changed massively and there are a lot more ways to be flexible with your working routine. For people that want to join up who have children, it’s a stable career and now with the wraparound childcare as well that’s one less stress to worry about.

Stacey stands wearing uniform and a beret
Stacey on Op Trenton in 2019

“I enjoy it all because there’s never anything that’s the same. I really like the coaching and mentoring of the junior soldiers because you really feel that you’re helping them develop themselves both personally and within the working environment.”

Stacey, Ian and children eating in a restaurant.
Stacey, Ian and their children

“Having paid childcare fees from when my son was born to now having 30 hours of childcare paid for, this just alleviates so much pressure.

It just takes so much worry away, knowing that for the next couple of months we’ll be able to have the majority of our childcare paid for, and I can still be in work for the time that I need to be.

“The initiative is making the single biggest difference to our family life than any other in my 18 years service.”

“Since having children my wife has had to put her own career within the NHS on hold, having to settle for a role which offers the greatest flexibility when it comes to hours around childcare.

“Whilst school clubs were always available to us, we have had to balance availability against the cost of putting our 2 children into breakfast and after school clubs each day.

James, Fleur and children with trees in the background.
James and his family

“With the financial implications removed, my wife can now afford to apply for jobs that she really wants to do rather than settling for the most accommodating.

“The implications of this are not lost on me. Throughout my career I have been supported and encouraged to strive for better and progress as far as I can. I feel now I can return the favour even without physically being at home. This is in no small part down to the wraparound childcare pilot.”



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