With the childminder agency laws now in force,
the Government and Ofsted have both released regulations and
guidance for organisations that may wish to register as an agency.
Ofsted have released their
framework for agency regulation and a handbook
which explains the framework in more detail, and the Government
have published their own
PACEY is disappointed that these guides have
not recognised the importance of individual inspection, nor
addressed our concerns about the effect agencies could have on
childminder sustainability and professionalism in the eyes of
parents. We are now reviewing the guides and will contact all of
our members soon with the full facts and unanswered questions about
agencies, so that they are informed if an agency starts operating
in their area.