The government has released information about new childminder
The Department for Education (DfE) has now released details of
the childminder agency pilots taking place across England. The
list of the 20 organisations selected as pilots is available on
the Gov.uk website.
To date the information available is limited and we have asked
the DfE and Ofsted for more information on the framework being
developed to regulate these agencies.
We will be monitoring the pilots and will keep members informed
of any developments as we become aware of them. We’d appreciate it
if you could let us know of any information that you have about the
current pilots as well. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with any information you might have.
If there is a childminder agency pilot operating in your area,
it’s likely that you’ll be invited to join. You may even receive a
letter or email implying that joining the agency is a requirement
to operate as a childminder in your area. This is not the case.
Childminder agencies are yet to become law and any childminder who
chooses to join an agency will still have to maintain their
individual registration with Ofsted and undergo individual
inspection if their inspection is due during the trial period which
runs between now and September 2014. So please remember that
joining or being part of a childcare agency is not
We know many of our members are determined to remain independent
and will not join a childminder agency. PACEY offers support for
childminders who want to remain independent, helping them to access
training and business support as part of their membership. PACEY
also provides a free peer support online and face-to-face community
for all childcare professionals, PACEY Local.
More detail about what childminder agencies are, and why we
believe the model is detrimental to childcare quality is available
This was originally sent as an email to PACEY's childminder
members in England. If you did not receive it and think you should
have, please check and
confirm your contact details are up to date.