The Department for Education today published
More Affordable Childcare, the follow on to January's More
This document "sets out the government’s plans to help working
parents access the childcare they need when they need it, in
- helping schools to offer affordable after school and holiday
care, either alone or working with private and voluntary
- enabling nurseries to expand by reducing red tape and removing
- ensuring that childminders and nurseries that are good or
outstanding can automatically receive government funding for 2-, 3-
- supporting parents to access more informal care"
release accompanying the report's publication says that "All
good and outstanding childminders and nurseries will automatically
be eligible to receive government early education funding from
September. At the moment local authorities act as gatekeepers to
this funding. This change will mean that over 80% of nurseries and
over 70% of childminders would be able to receive this funding.
Less than 10% of childminders currently offer funded places. This
reform will help create a fairer market for childminders, which
alongside the introduction of childminder agencies should see
increased choice for parents who want high quality home-based
Liz Bayram, PACEY's Chief Executive commented,
“PACEY is interested to know more about the new proposals set out
in More Affordable Childcare. It is a positive step to see the
Government talking about increasing investment and exploring new
options in the early years sector. But for childcare professionals,
and the families they work for, quality must come first.
PACEY remains concerned that reforms, including the introduction
of childminder agencies will damage the quality of childcare and
fail to deliver savings for parents.
There is also work to be done to clarify boundaries of where new
services would begin and end. For example a childminder working in
a school environment may lose their status as childminders and
instead become afterschool club workers; with a range of
implications from regulation and insurance, to status and pay.
We are pleased to see there are indications that in future Local
Authorities will only allow good and outstanding providers to
deliver free funded places. But there are still question marks over
how and when this will manifest in practice.”
Childcare professionals can discuss this latest development at