New Acts, laws and pieces of legislation go
through a long process in government before being passed. The
Children and Families Bill is now in its final stages, currently
being discussed in the House of Lords.
Throughout the legislative process, PACEY has
been closely involved in its progress, highlighting areas of
concern for childcare professionals and working to ensure
decision-makers are fully aware of the likely outcomes of the
Back in March
2013, PACEY’s Chief Executive, Liz Bayram, gave oral evidence
to a House of Commons select committee on the section of the Bill
proposing to legislate for childminding agencies. PACEY has been
outspoken in its opposition to the introduction of childminding
agencies since the idea was first suggested.
We know that our members are actively engaged
in opposing the introduction of childminder agencies. They have
attended meetings and marches and
written letters to their MPs to express their concern.
This week, PACEY has joined with the Family
and Childcare Trust in a letter
to Peers urging them to vote against clause 74 of the Bill
- the clause concerned with the introduction of childminder
agencies. The letter,
which has been sent to all Peers, along with a briefing about
childminder agencies, is available to read
Oscar Plummer, Policy and Communications
Manager at PACEY, said:
"PACEY continues to oppose the introduction of
childminder agencies, for the reasons set out in the FCT’s letter
to the House of Lords, dated 27 January 2014. We hope that peers
will listen to these legitimate concerns expressed by our members
and the wider childcare sector, and vote against Clause 74 of the
Children and Families Bill."