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Many of our members are professional childminders and have expressed concern at potential changes to the way that childminders are regulated in the UK. In March, Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector for OFSTED, told a select committee that OFSTED inspections of childminders are disproportionately expensive when compared to school and nursery inspections and stated that their future is 'unsustainable'.
More recently, Elizabeth Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, has published a report examining the high costs of childcare in the UK for parents, compared with other European nations, and proposes a new agency model of regulation moving forwards.
Childminders are right to interpret these as challenges to the way that they work. Currently childcare providers feel that being treated on a par with nurseries sends a positive message to parents that they offering a professional service. Deregulating childcare could allow the market to be flooded by cheap and unqualified providers.
Note that proposed changes will NOT see the EYFS being dismantled, this is expected to stay through any regulatory changes to the industry overall.
If you wish to add your voice to those demanding that the government researches these proposals more thoroughly then add their signature to a petition at this website: