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  1. Finally a response from the LA - well, sort of..... :-/

    by , 14-07-2014 at 07:02 AM
    Having sorted out an email to my LA, informing them of the DofE's response, I pointed out that there appears to be some confusion on behalf of the LA and asked for their response.
    I received an automated message that there was no one available till the middle of the month, so I waited....

    and I waited.....

    and I waited some more......

    Eventually, I had enough of waiting and messaged to see if they had received my ...
  2. Finally a response from the D of E

    by , 10-06-2014 at 10:25 PM
    Well, having not received anything back from the Department of Education, I rang them on Monday to find out how long is 15 days lol. Even taking into account the bank holidays, I was well overdue a reply.

    The lovely lady I spoke to had to chase up my message sent from their website, and confirmed it had somehow 'got lost' ???? I didn't dare ask how on earth you lose an email
    Anyway, she found it, and sent it to the right department (even though I'd checked the ...
  3. Had to write to the DofE

    by , 26-05-2014 at 12:53 PM
    Received a response from the LA

    They are saying that:
    Clause A4.9 states that local authorities should 'Limit the conditions they place on providers who been rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ to deliver funded places to those related to ensuring:

    · funded places are entirely free of charge to parents;

    · places are offered flexibly to meet the needs of parents;

    · the proper use of public funds;
  4. Challenging my LA

    by , 07-05-2014 at 09:44 AM
    Never done a blog before, but need to have something of a timeline to refer back to if needed, so here goes.

    My LA are still insisting that to be able to offer funding we must be part of the childminding network, and have a level 3.
    I know from this forum primarily, that this changed in September 2013 (Statutory guidance: ...
  5. Recent inspection feedback - 04.2014

    by , 17-04-2014 at 09:45 AM
    Recent Ofsted inspection report feedback – what does it mean?

    A thread on the Independent Childminders Facebook group caused a lot of childminders concern - it was a list written by a Local Authority advisor who had combed through recent Ofsted reports for action comments.

    So... I thought it might be useful to unpick some of the Ofsted actions.

    Children’s starting points ‘not detailed enough’
    The recently revised Ofsted inspectors guidance ‘Evaluation ...
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