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
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
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.