I have been wondering ……. These childminding agencies ……… Is anyone in favour of them?   Leave a comment

It has been mentioned on Twitter that myself and other active campaigners against childminding agencies are not hearing the views of those who are interested in joining a childminding agency – and in fact some have said that those with different views feel they can not express those views and can not say that they want to join a childminding agency because they will get a negative response from myself and others.

Although I fully recognise that I am very vocal in my objections to childminding agencies, I consider myself to be a very approachable person and a person who listens to all opinions. This does not mean that I change my opinion back and forth to match the opinion of the other person, but it does mean that I listen and if I think that I have overlooked a particular aspect, I will reflect and I will change my personal opinion in some cases.

I do also ask for clarification and explanations about the questions that I have, from the Government and from those taking part in the trails (pilots). I have also asked for responses from those who think that chat childminding agencies are a good idea to express their views – as I recognise that some people may have different opinion.

However so far no one has told me personally, that they are in favour of childminding agencies and so far no one has given any answers to my questions.

So maybe those who have said the voice of those who are in favour of childminding agencies has not been heard – and indeed can not be heard due to people like myself expressing our views – are right.

This horrifies me – after all my major issue with the Government is that they are not actively listening and not considering the view point of registered childminders like myself, or taking advice from those who represent childminders – so it would be hypocritical of me not to listen to the views of those who think that childminding agencies are a good thing.

So I have been reflecting on why people are not expressing their opinion and are not sharing their professional or personal reasons for wanting to join a childminding agency

In an attempt to enable those who are in favour of childminding agencies to have their voice heard – here are some suggestions

If you do not want to express your opinion as an individual ,you could;

  • Ask your membership organisation to express them for you
  • Pass your views onto one of those taking part in the trails
  • Respond to consultations and questionnaires
  • Write letters to magazines such as Nursery World or Child Care or EYE
  • Write to Ms. Truss telling her, as I am sure she could pass on your views whilst maintaining confidentiality
  • Write to your MP or the Prime Minister or a member of the House of Lords

If you feel yours is a ‘lone voice’, and you are not sure how to get in touch with others who share your views, you could;

  • Start a Facebook group, so others could also express their views, and together you become  stronger and more visible, so people do hear your voice
  • Set up a website or blog to share information about childminding agencies and why you think  they will be beneficial
  • Create a group name (rather than your own) to use Twitter and tweet responses to people like me
  • Join the Facebook groups run by myself and others, and enter into debate – it often only takes one person to be brave and say ‘I disagree’ for others to also say if they disagree.
  • Arrange a meeting in your local area to gather the views of everyone who is in favour of childminding agencies
  • Comment on this blog – others may follow your lead

In fact, if you want to make sure your voice and the voice of anyone else who wants to join a childminding agency is heard – you are going to have to be proactive – otherwise how can I and others who are against childminding agencies hear your voice? How can I or others consider your point of view? How can we reflect on our own opinion and through that reflection adapt or even change our view.

It is possible that I have missed something

It is possible that the really good reasons why childminding agencies are beneficial have been overlooked

It is possible that you may have the answers to some of my questions that would make me think again

It is possible that I am completely wrong and that there are more childminders and parents in favour of childminding agencies than against

However,

If you as an individual do not express your opinion

If you as an organisation trailing childminding agencies do not publish facts and figures about the number wanting to join an agency or expressing an interest

If no one expresses a different view  – how can we hear your voice? How can we consider your view?

SO PLEASE – IF YOU ARE IN FAVOUR OF CHILDMINDING AGENCIES – TELL US ALL – AND TELL US WHY

AND THIS IS A GENUINE OFFER  – IF YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH THE TRAILS OR IF YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL ARE IN FAVOUR OF CHILDMINDING AGENCIES – PLEASE EMAIL ME YOUR VIEWS AND REASONS WHY YOU THINK CHILDMINDING AGENCIES ATE A GOOD THING – AND I WILL POST THEM AS A BLOG HERE ON THIS SITE – WITHOUT EDITING YOUR VIEW AND WITHOUT ADDING ANY PERSONAL COMMENT MYSELF.

PLEASE EMAIL Pennys.place@hotmail.co.uk – and don’t forget to say if you want me to use your name or to post it without your name 

I will send an acknowledgement email

I will also tell you  if I cannot use your views because they are not expressed professionally – but will also give you opportunity to change the words you used, so that your views are expressed professionally

 

Posted January 30, 2014 by psw260259 in My thoughts on current childcare issues

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