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NEWS: Ofsted releases latest childminder figures, as sector faces it's biggest challenge yet

Ofsted figures released today show that the number of registered childminders has fallen by 22% since 2015. However, the number of childcare places has remained relatively stable due to a slight increase in the number of places offered at non-domestic premises. As of 31 December 2019 there were 37,600 childminders registered with Ofsted, this is a decrease of 900 (2%) since 31 August 2019. More than 9 in 10 providers on the Early Years Register were judged good or outstanding.

PACEY Chief Executive, Liz Bayram, comments:
“These latest statistics are a stark reminder of how our sector was just a matter of days ago, as it now faces its biggest challenge yet – adapting to closures, changing family needs and uncertainty as we all navigate what Covid-19 will mean for us.

“The figures show what a high quality service, providers continue to offer to families, with no significant change in the number of good and outstanding grades under the new EIF. Whilst they also remind us of long-embedded challenges, such as decline in the number of childminders, right now we should hold on to these latest statistics as testament to how great our sector was at supporting families and how it will be again when we have together beaten this pandemic. We have to make sure that out of this crisis EY practitioners are no longer seen as low paid, undervalued babysitters but as important professionals the families, government and society rely on”

PACEY, like everyone, is doing all it can to support children, families and providers at this terrible time. We would urge providers to join the 6000 other who have already completed our survey as we will be sharing the results with DfE and HMT later this week. Read more in PACEY’s blog about the Coronavirus bill.