First, thanks to everyone for your fantastic support on this campaign. We’ve built up a huge group of supporters and started to make this a really important issue.
Liz Truss MP, who wrote the paper on deregulation which forced us to start the campaign has now been made minister for early years care. This is disappointing, but not surprising. What we’re worried about now is that these plans, which threaten the quality of child care of children across England and Wales, may now become policy.
Over the coming weeks we’ll be campaigning to convince Liz Truss and her Government colleagues that they should not undermine the hard work that childminders have put in to delivering outstanding care at a crucial time in children’s development.
Please ask friends and family to sign our petition - this campaign is in all of our hands.
Thanks and best wishes
We urge the Government to undertake full and current research into all aspects of registered childminding and to consult with experts in the field, national representative organisations and most importantly those who are practising registered childminders, before deciding on the future regulation and inspection requirements of childminders.
We understand the Government’s desire to cut childcare costs for parents and need to reduce Government budgets; however as registered childminders we are an integral part of the childcare market providing professional, home based childcare that meets the needs of parents, providing more flexible hours, the ability for siblings of all ages to be cared for together, care from birth to teenage years ensuring continuity of care, and lower ratios that centre based care.
Registered childminders are regulated and inspected, they follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and meet the legal requirements in the same way all other early years settings do. This ensures that all children receive high quality care and learning opportunities and that early years settings have a common language when practicing multi agency working.
Before reaching any decision which will impact on parent’s choice of regulated childcare, children’s equality of opportunities and childminders businesses, the government must build upon the significant progress that has been made in the childminding sector in recent years, ensuring that this is a step forward with positive benefits to all but especially for children because opportunities to reach their full potential, once missed are hard if not impossible to recreate and failure to safeguard a child can never be reversed.