Big Issue: CHILDMINDER AGENCIES
Launched in September 2014, we look at the thinking behind the introduction of childminder agencies and how they have progressed.
The first childminder agency to be assessed under the controversial childminder agency initiative has had its inspection report published.
Childminder agencies are a hot topic again now that the DfE has drafted in the charity 4Children to support interested organisations, but the model still divides...
4Children is supporting nurseries, schools and local authorities to open childminder agencies in a new push by the Department for Education to expand the scheme...
Childminding agencies will either be judged as ‘effective’ or ‘non-effective’ by Ofsted during their inspections, new guidance reveals.
None of the childminder agencies registered with Ofsted have so far succeeded in registering any childminders.
Childminder agencies will not be required to share reports on the standard of care provided by the childminders on their books to prospective parents.
Research into the pilot of childminder agencies has been published by the Department for Education.
The Department for Education has published a step-by-step guide to childminder agencies.
Ofsted has published its new Childminder agency handbook, along with the application forms that people will need if they wish to apply to become an agency.
Early years organisations say that the Government has failed to act upon the sector’s concerns over how childminder agencies will operate.
The Government's approach is only fuelling concerns in the sector, says Pat Gordon-Smith.