NCMA responds to Mumsnet Chat
NCMA believes in individual inspection and our
campaign continues to support the best interests of all our members
who, as we do, believe in individually registered childminders.
The overwhelming majority of our members are
not supportive of the agency proposal and, even though it is now
only an optional way to register and operate as a childminder, we
believe it still risks undermining parental confidence and will
create a two tiered system for childminders to operate in. This
will lead to parental confusion and a loss of professional
recognition for childminders.
We also do not see it as an effective model to
raise the quality of individual childminder practice and that the
focus should remain on requiring individual childminders to meet
minimum standards and to be supported to take individual
responsibility to continuously improve.
Some of you may have seen the live webchat
with Liz Truss which took place on Mumsnet earlier today in which
she stated that, prior to announcing the Government’s proposals on
childcare this week – in particular related to the creation of an
agency model – she consulted with ‘lots and lots’ of childcare
providers and professional bodies, including NCMA.
We fully support individual inspection not the
development of childminder agencies and it is important to remember
that we reiterate this at every opportunity we have to the
government, policy makers and key decision makers.
NCMA will be expanding on this statement in
the coming days and will of course be sharing this response as
widely as possible.
NCMA Local for a further statement from NCMA’s Joint Chief
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