My friend Emma Wilkinson asked me to look into a potential story about nurseries charging additional extras to cover the cost of an underfunded government childcare scheme.

I spoke to parents across the country in Sheffield, Liverpool and Nottingham who all painted a similar picture. I also contacted national childcare bodies as well as Netmums and Working Mums.

This all resulted in this news story for The Times.

Once again it shows that stories are all around us and journalists / journalism students should follow up conversations with friends and family with curiousity and research.