Launched in September 2014, we look at the thinking behind the introduction of childminder agencies and how they have progressed.

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Ofsted reports on first childminder agency inspection

The first childminder agency to be assessed under the controversial childminder agency initiative has had its inspection report published.


Childminder Agencies - Government steps up agency push

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...


DfE renews drive to set up childminder agencies

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...


New framework for childminder agency inspection released

Childminding agencies will either be judged as ‘effective’ or ‘non-effective’ by Ofsted during their inspections, new guidance reveals.


Childminder agencies without any childminders on their books

None of the childminder agencies registered with Ofsted have so far succeeded in registering any childminders.


Childminder agencies do not need to share reports on standard of care

Childminder agencies will not be required to share reports on the standard of care provided by the childminders on their books to prospective parents.


DfE publishes childminder agency pilot evaluation

Research into the pilot of childminder agencies has been published by the Department for Education.


Government publishes childminder agency advice

The Department for Education has published a step-by-step guide to childminder agencies.


Ofsted unveils childminder agency handbook

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.


Childminder agency plans approved despite 'lack of detail'

Early years organisations say that the Government has failed to act upon the sector’s concerns over how childminder agencies will operate.