Keep our childminders open!

Keep our childminders open!

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Georgina Giltinane started this petition to Tendring District Council

My son currently attends one of the most amazing childminders in our area! Not only is she a happy, successful business, she is also the foundation to a lot of local families. I signed my sons up two years in advance due to her being so sought after by so many families. The development in my son since starting the setting is just unbelievable!
Someone has complained to the council about her setting. Apparently childminding like she does is classed as running a business which needs planning permission. I would like to stress OFSTED is more than happy with her childminding arrangements, She is also fully insured, but as she has two assistants with her they say she is in breach of planning control. Her two assistants that work with her have been there for six years and she only took on a third assistant to help support a child with additional needs, and that was four years ago. Her business has just gradually evolved and as Ofsted and ECC early years have always been really happy with it, she didn’t give planning a thought. She has always tried to be considerate to her neighbours.

She’s been told she can apply for planning permission, but she is not likely to get it granted as she lives in the Avenues and there are apparently special safeguards in place to protect the character of the area.

She has therefore been asked to cease trading as she is, initially in 28days time.

She would be allowed to continue working as a lone childminder with 3 children under 5 and 3 over 5 and no assistants. It makes me sad just thinking about it.
She will obviously be submitting a planning application, but she will need specialist help to do so, it’s not going to be cheap!

This will not only affect the childminder and her business, but all of our happy children who cry when they have to leave her because they love her setting so much; I couldn’t bare to imagine ripping my little boy away from her and sending him somewhere else after they’ve built up such a special bond together.
Please please sign this petition so we can make TDC aware of the impact this will have on so many families.

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