Sector magazine Nursery World has published a piece about
childminders who are having extra conditions imposed on them before
being able to access free etitlement funding.
Read the article here. They have found that
despite new guidance from the Department for Education, some
local authorities are not passing on the funds.
Liz Bayram, Chief Executive, PACEY comments: "Back in June
trials to test the 2-year-old free provision of childcare
identified that expanding the number of childminder places that
provide this service was essential to the scheme's success. So it's
frustrating that months on, childminders in some areas are still
struggling to access funding through this scheme.
"PACEY believes that access to early years education can have a
significant impact on children; preparing them for the start of
school, as well as improving their longer term prospects. We also
know that many families benefit from accessing the flexible
home-based service that childminders offer.
"It is good to see that the Department for
Education is providing robust advice to local authorities about
distributing the funding for free places but it's disappointing
that they feel the necessity to do so.
"We call on all local authorities to remove
any unnecessary obstacles, so that all settings where there is
Ofsted inspected childcare rated as good or excellent are able to
provide the free provision to the eligible families in their areas.
In some areas there is already strong effective working
partnerships between local authorities and childminders, we want to
see these best practice examples replicated everywhere."
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