This week PACEY has attended a number of meetings as part of ongoing discussions in England with the Department for Education (DfE), HMT and Ofsted. We have been sharing members’ experiences during the first few weeks of re-opening and raising a number of issues that have implications for how current guidance may need to change in the coming weeks.
This has included how to balance the need to maintain bubbles with the need to remain sustainable; how best to support children due to start reception in September as well as differing levels of support from local authorities in terms of entitlement funding; and access to PPE when a setting needs that resource. We again raised the challenge of supporting children who usually attend more than one setting or access wraparound childcare, given current guidance is to attend one setting where possible; the lack of transition funding and much more. At Ofsted’s consultative forum we offered insight into how best to find out which settings were currently open and how to move, in time, back to their routine inspections
Liz Bayram, PACEY Chief Executive said:
”As always members’ day to day experiences and challenges as childminders; nurseries and pre-schools are the bedrock of our ability to help shape guidance, regulation and more. We are clear there is much more to address before we reach our sector’s “new normal” and we will keep members updated as and when it is clearer what the next stage of moving out of lockdown looks like for our sector.”
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