Last week Ofsted chief Sir Michael
Wilshaw made a comment about childminders in an interview with
the Evening Standard.
Sir Michael said that: “the Government should
try to ensure [children] go to a school-based nursery, not the
Mumsnet webchat yesterday he acknowledged that “many
childminders do a good or outstanding job” but continued to push
his view that school-based nurseries were “the answer” to helping
poorer children prepare for school.
Today we sent a letter to
Sir Michael in response to his comments.
PACEY chief executive, Liz Bayram highlighted
in the letter the fantastic contribution childminders make to the
learning outcomes of young children and the thousands of families
that rely on their invaluable support.
The letter clearly demonstrates how
undervalued and undermined childminders felt by his comments.
Flagging the need for support and
encouragement in all settings, especially for registered
childminders who often work in isolation, we have offered to
arrange for Sir Michael to meet with some of our members, to
understand their perspective as well as see the unique contribution
they can make.
We have also offered to arrange for him to
visit an outstanding childminding setting, to meet our members for
a roundtable discussion and to write an opinion piece for
The Childcare Professional.
We will keep you up to date on our
correspondence with Sir Michael and appreciate
your comments on this issue.
UPDATE: Following a positive meeting
with Ofsted and having read our letter, Sir Michael Wilshaw has
agreed to meet our childminder members. We are pleased that our
views have been heard and we will keep you informed on the
development of the meeting.