Goodbye Ms. Truss and Mr. Gove, and thank you ……..   6 comments

………. for all the time that I have personally given up in my campaigning – hours every week –  time spent writing this blog and letters; and in travelling to London; and in maintaining my professional campaign based facebook page; and in phone calls and emails working in partnership with others – all   adds up – at a rough estimate to around 2,240 hrs

………….. for all the expense of campaigning – in travelling to meetings, paper, ink and stamps – again a rough estimate around £1,000 of my my own money – and this would have been a lot more if it was not for colleagues who helped with travel costs and free overnight accommodation.

………… for my  increased stress levels and moments of despair and indeed ill health as a result of this stress and increased work load

……… the number of  childminding colleagues who have now given up childminding and who are therefore not part of my support network any more

…… for all the changes to frameworks and guidance – which have caused even more work

……. for the ill thought out idea about childminding agencies that are now law – but that only a handful of people are interested in

…… AND MOST IMPORTANTLY  – for all the damage you have done to this countries young children, their parents and those early years professionals who are passionate and committed to improving outcomes for children – but who you have pushed right to the edge in terms of toleration and acceptance

 

But the thing I want to thank you for most, and genuinely; is the way you tried to create a divide within the early years sector – because it did not work  – any more than any of your ill thought out ideas have worked  – you see the Early Years sector is now stronger, more united – and now also working in partnership with our colleagues in schools

 

SO NOW AS YOU JUST BOTH WALK AWAY – LEAVING THE MESS BEHIND YOU – WE THE EARLY YEARS SECTOR (and our colleagues in the school sector) WILL GET ON AND DO OUR BEST TO ENSURE THOSE THAT TAKE YOUR PLACE, LISTEN TO US AND WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH US TO ENSURE THE CHILDREN OF THIS COUNTRY REACH THEIR OWN PERSONAL POTENTIAL  – AND NOT THE TICK BOXES AND SATS AND BASELINE TEST REQUIREMENTS THAT HINDER NOT HELP DEVELOPMENT OF INDIVIDUALS

 

 

 

 

6 responses to “Goodbye Ms. Truss and Mr. Gove, and thank you ……..

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  1. Amen! Love it Penny. Can I publish on #Ofsted Big Conversation?

  2. Well said Penny – and THANK YOU for ALL you have done for childminders and the Early Years Sector (despite the Government ploughing on regardless).

    Sue

  3. Straight to the core route as always Penny, excellent piece. It’s amazing what an upheaval two ministers can make. I hope with every fibre of my being that the next Early Years ministerial team will be of a different ilk. That they will listen and comprehend, have no hidden/solely financial agendas and make some sound changes in favour of those in our care.

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