Back in July, we reported how some PACEY members were writing letters to their MPs, Lords, Ladies and other influencers to highlight their concerns over government proposals to introduce childminder agencies.
PACEY member, Jackie Noakes, wrote more than 45 letters, including to Liz Truss MP, the Prime Minister, David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. She's already had a number of replies, including one from Baronness Hughes of Stretford. Baronness Hughes, who from 2005 to 2009 was Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, wrote:
"Dear Ms Noakes,
Thank you for your letter about the Government’s decision to introduce Childminder agencies. I completely share your concerns and agree with your analysis of what these are likely to mean for parents and Childminders alike. It is already possible for Childminders to form networks, including with schools, and the best of these are excellent. But these agencies will undermine confidence by reducing inspection and draining away LA development support.
I will use your letter, if I may, during the debates in the Lords. First-hand experience such as yours is vital to challenging these proposals.