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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 ...
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  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 ...
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  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;
    ...
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  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.

    Background:
    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: https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...uthorities.pdf) ...
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  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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