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Meeting the Minister

PACEY joined childcare organisations, training providers and others at a roundtable meeting to hear from Childcare Minister Liz Truss and officials running the childminder agencies (CMA) pilot and developing the regulation that will underpin them from this September.

Whilst there was nothing new said about agencies, it was confirmed the consultation on their regulatory framework will be out very soon. PACEY will be working to ensure members can contribute their views to our response.

The roundtable also gave PACEY the chance to reinforce members concerns around the impact CMAs will have on childminding quality and professional status. Also the importance of ensuring childminders understood CMAs are optional and independent Ofsted registration will continue.

We also highlighted other action Government could take to support childminding sustainability and grow the number of childminders. In particular Jane Comeau, PACEY's Vice Chair, highlighted the importance of ensuring parents and other professional, in particular health visitors, understand that childminders deliver high quality care within the EYFS the same as nurseries.

Liz Bayram, PACEY's Chief Executive, urged the Minister to build on DfE work so far, to allow childminders to  deliver the free entitlement, by encouraging more local authorities to actively engage their local childminders in delivery of the free entitlement to 3- and 4-year-olds as well as disadvantaged 2-year-olds.

Lots of other important points were raised and the Minister committed to considering these and reconvening the roundtable in the summer.

You can view PACEY's response to Ofsted's consultation on the inspection of CMAs here.