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  1. Parents as partners blog 1 - CPD

    Parents as partners #EYTalking - Tues 14.5.2013

    Enhance your CPD by sharing ideas with other professionals and using what you have shared to make changes to your provision and ways of working. Then, use your CPD to improve your business practices - and write about the changes you have made and their impact on outcomes for children in your self evaluation / Ofsted SEF.

    This CPD was shared on Twitter #EYTalking - some of the contributions are mine and I have added information ...
  2. Childminders and agencies - the story so far...

    Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw announced, in March 2012, that it was becoming too expensive to inspect childminders. This was the first indication of the changes ahead...

    In her paper ‘Affordable Quality’, published in May, 2012, Elizabeth Truss suggested that all childminders should be de-regulated from Ofsted and Local Authority control and linked instead with agencies which would be newly created through the country.

    There was an outcry!
  3. The Childminding Forum supports ALL Childminders

    The Childminding Forum has always been a powerful meeting place and voice for childminders.

    Now we are facing more challenges than ever before - and every single one of us will have a decision to make in the not too distant future - stay independent or join an agency.

    The Childminding Forum wants to continue to provide free, impartial advice and support to EVERY childminder - whatever decision you make about the future of your business.

    So, the forum ...
  4. Childminders reject agencies!

    Childminders are supporting a Twitter campaign rejecting agencies -


    The Government want to introduce agencies throughout the country, which will be self supporting which means they will need to bring lots of new childminders online to be sustainable.

    Childminders do not want agencies which will affect our sustainability!

    We read the latest message from Community Playthings ...

    Updated 20-02-2013 at 08:02 AM by sarah707

  5. When it's wet in the garden

    This week the children have been a little unsettled - I think the weather does it to them sometimes! We love going outside and mostly they are really happy to potter around the garden but this week it has been very wet and the grass was a bit slippy which led to a couple of small tumbles.

    So, we have been bringing the outside into the house! We put down a big towel and covered it with leaves (all different colours, sizes and shapes) for the children to explore - some of the children ...
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