Welcome to PACEY’s regular policy update, which provides a summary of the latest policy developments in England and Wales concerning childcare and early years, and how we are representing your views to key decision makers.
PACEY meets with Tracy Brabin MP
PACEY’s Policy and Research Manager, Susanna Kalitowski, recently met with the Shadow Early Years Minister, Tracy Brabin MP, to discuss our key policy priorities. At the top of the list was the issue of declining number of registered childminders, and the unfair ban on childminders providing funded places to related children.
Tracy has expressed her strong support for our campaign to overturn the ban. We are urging all affected childminders and their families to write to their MP to share their personal experience of this ban, and ask the Government to end it. Download our template letter, media pack and read our case studies at pacey.org.uk/related-children.
Last month, the Labour Party announced a wide range of childcare and early years-related commitments at its party conference, including extending the 30 hour entitlement to all three- and four-year-olds, and eventually two-year-olds too. Labour has also pledged to raise the funding rate for providers to £7.35 per hour; raise qualification levels across the sector; and establish a national pay scale for all staff.
PACEY’s Chief Executive, Liz Bayram, has welcomed the proposals, but highlighted the need for all these commitments to be properly funded, inviting Labour to ‘work collaboratively and constructively with the sector to ensure there is a workable and sustainable delivery plan for their proposals.’
New Ofsted inspection framework planned for 2019
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, has provided new details of planned changes to the way Ofsted inspects schools, colleges, further education institutions and early years settings from September 2019, when the Common Inspection Framework (CIF) will be replaced with the Education Inspection Framework (EIF).
Ofsted is proposing that the new framework contain four judgements: 1) Quality of Education; 2) Personal development; 3) Behaviour and attitudes; and 4) Leadership and management. A draft is due to be published and put out for public consultation in January.
PACEY is currently working closely with Ofsted to ensure the new framework will be suitable for early years settings. In the coming months, we will be consulting with our members on the proposed changes, and ensuring their views are represented to Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE).
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