THANK YOU – BARONESS HUGHES OF STRETFORD and BARONESS JONES OF WHITCHURCH   3 comments

I am sure some of you are following the updates about the progress of the Children and Families Bill – and get the updates straight to your inbox.

Some times the updates are very short and some times they are very long – as was the case with the one that entered inboxes today – it was long, very long – and I admit at first I didn’t spot it – spot what? you might be asking – the amendment to be moved to Grand Committee – about Childminding Agencies.

Here it is ( and I have to say thanks to Jane Bromfield – for although I had spotted it, at second reading – Jane bothered to send me a message – just to make sure I had seen it – so thank you Jane – and all the others who help me keep my ‘eye on the ball’)

Schedule 4

BARONESS HUGHES OF STRETFORD

BARONESS JONES OF WHITCHURCH

239

Page 164, line 15, after “agency” insert “, or any individual childminder registered 
at the agency,”

240

Page 164, line 29, at end insert—

“( )   The Chief Inspector must at such intervals as may be prescribed 
inspect all early years provision registered with an early years 
childminder agency.

So there we are then – the hope that we have all been waiting for – that childminders who join an agency will still have to be registered and inspected by Ofsted.

I must make it very clear that this is just a proposed change to the wording – and so we must not relax and think the campaign has been won – because it hasn’t and this change to wording may be rejected and thrown out.

Therefore we must thank Baroness Hughes and Baroness Jones for putting forward this proposed change  – AND we must make sure we let the other Peers know why it is important – and why they must support this change to the wording.

It is only a few lines, less than 40 words – but these few words will ensure that all childminders remain registered and inspected by Ofsted – just like all other early years settings.

Childminding agencies will then just be an alternative method of support, advice and training that childminders (and parents) may buy into if they want to – and speaking personally – I don’t have any issue with that at all.

Please share this blog – with everyone

Please write to as many Peers as you can – by post, by email – so that are made aware that we want their support to ensure these changes to the wording in the Children and Families Bill are accepted and made part of the final Bill.

Update

Since publishing this blog – I have been been made aware of this from Under 5 (Pre School Learning Alliance) Childminding agency plans to be opposed in House of Lords

Posted October 8, 2013 by psw260259 in My thoughts on current childcare issues

3 responses to “THANK YOU – BARONESS HUGHES OF STRETFORD and BARONESS JONES OF WHITCHURCH

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  1. Excellent summary Penny. Hopefully, the Penny (no pun intended) will drop with the Lords!

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