My name is Penny Webb , I am a registered childminder and my childminding setting is called Penny’s Place.
I am mother to four, now grown up daughters and granny to eight grandchildren, 5 boys and 3 girls.
I am passionate about childminding and it is more than just a job to me. Within my childminding setting I aim to provide every child in my care the opportunity to not only reach his or her full potential, through a play based curriculum which is planned around each child’s interests, likes, stage of development and family experiences.but also to experience a warm, loving, home based environment.
My passion for childminding extends beyond my setting and the children in my care as I believe that it is important to share good practice, ideas and information, which I have always done through my voluntary work and by always being happy to talk to people about my experiences. More recently I have produced my own newsletter for childminding colleagues called ‘News from Penny’ which is sent to about 200 people.
Now I think I am ready to venture into the world of blogging, so that I can share information, ideas with a much wider audience.
Above I mentioned that I thought I might be ready to start blogging – well it seems I was! My blogging now is part of my practice and judging from the number of people reading and commenting I am doing something right!
One issue though is that I am using up a lot of available ‘space’ on my blog – and so have decided to delete information posts that are about events that have now happened / not new news now / out of date. This will be an ongoing process and does mean that some comments will also be deleted as needed.
PETITIONS and CAMPAIGNING
I am active campaigner against the way the government are pushing ahead with proposals in More Great Childcare without full consultation with the Early Years sector. I started a petition against increasing the number of children each childcare professional could look after – and I am pleased to say that my campaigning and that of many others has resulted inthe increased ratios issue being dropped by the government.
HOWEVER there are many more issues within the document More Great Childcare that I think need to be challenged – in particular Childminder agencies, 2 year olds in school setting, the nonsense of the new Early years teacher qualification that does not have QTS status, the reduction in the role of the Local Authorities and Ofsted as the only arbiter of quality – which is why I have started a second petition ‘Stop, Listen, Consult calling on the government to STOP the implementation of More Great Childcare, to LISTEN to the concerns being expressed and to CONSULT on the way forward.
The governments aims are admirable and some proposal have some merit but there are a lot of aspects that are causing concern – surely it is better to halt proceedings and to consult with the early years sector and parents – so that whatever changes are made are sustainable and in the best interests of parents, childcare settings and CHILDREN.
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