The children and families minister, Nadhim Zahawi MP, spent the morning visiting a childminding setting in Hayes, in South East England, run by PACEY member and board member, Vicky Walsh.
The visit was organised by PACEY so that the minister could experience first-hand the unique features of a childminding setting. A parliamentary question in November 2018 revealed the minister has visited five nurseries and four primary schools since taking over the government’s childcare brief in January 2018. This was his first visit to a childminding setting.
During the visit, the minister interacted with the three children in the setting, and spoke to Vicky and her assistant Angie about how the children were developing; the distinctive pedagogy provided by childminding settings; and the challenges of running a high quality home-based setting.
Vicky and PACEY chief executive, Liz Bayram, also raised with the minister some of the key issues facing many childminders in England, including low funding for 30 hours, red tape associated with delivering the childcare entitlements, and the ban on childminders providing funded places to related children.