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    Thumbs up Welcome to your new section of the forum!

    A number of childminders have approached the Childminding Forum asking for a section dedicated to independent childminders.

    So here it is!


    This is YOUR section - for YOU to talk about what YOU intend to do to remain independent.

    You can use it to discuss your concerns for independence AND to ask advice and share information and good practice about independence.

    The next few months are going to be a learning journey for every one of us as we decide what we want to do - join an agency or stay independent.

    The Childminding Forum is here to support you - whatever you choose

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    That explains the section I saw last night - wondered if it was under construction
    When someone tells you nothing is impossible, tell them to go slam a revolving door

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    Thanks Sarah for putting 'independence' in a special place

    Agencies are coming but we do not know in what shape or form...in fact it looks like there will be many models that Truss will allow to be formed
    My recommendation is that cms keep informed, share concerns, support each other and ask questions...as many as you have.

    We also do not know what the LAs role will be in relation to agencies and those who remain truly independent..in other words those who will not belong to any association for indepedent cms, and we seem to have 4 choices from Monday ...we will need to fine a new 'name' for us!

    There are too many unclear areas at present such as training, support, new Ofsted inspection framework in future, and above all who monitors the agencies' quality...do they have a Code of practice or will they do as they please, like 152 LAs have been allowed to do?...if so why join them?...wait and see how they operate first then make an informed choice

    Off to write to the DfE...keep giving those questions so we can send them off to them!!
    Last edited by Simona; 22-03-2013 at 09:05 AM.

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    What a great idea! Im all for being independent!
    If all else fails......add glitter!

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    This is a good idea, Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mollymop View Post
    This is a good idea, Thanks.
    I'm staying independent until i see what happens..looks like we are all swimming in circles for a while

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    Thank you
    I'm an Independent Childcare Professional and proud of it
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    I too am an independent childminder and intend to stay that way

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    This is brilliant, somewhere for us who want to remain independent to share our concerns, thank you!!

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    Good idea,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toothfairy View Post
    Thank you
    I'm an Independent Childcare Professional and proud of it
    Perhaps this is the title we should all advertise ourselves as. It sounds really professional and important rather than an agency childminder!

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    Yes but let's be honest, would most of our parents understand the difference. Most of mine when I tried to explain about the changes ET was planning, were none the wiser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nipper View Post
    Yes but let's be honest, would most of our parents understand the difference. Most of mine when I tried to explain about the changes ET was planning, were none the wiser.
    Mine all understood the damage that would be done to children if there were more children per adult - and all asked for my reassurance that we weren't changing anything here.

    Did you see the news? Only 5% of nurseries support ratios changes -

    Pressure mounts over changes to childcare ratios | Children & Young People Now

    So why is Truss still pushing ahead with her plan?

    Our www.keepratiosdown.co.uk campaign is really making a difference

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    Staying Independent until I'm told its Illegal not to.

    Love my Professional Independence, I've worked Bl%^%y hard for it.
    Not giving anything to an Agency.

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    nice to know that we can all share information together and as childminders that is one of the reasons I became one to be independent and not have to work for anyone else

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    I will stay independant unless and untill someone categorically proves to me that it is in my best interest to do otherwise.

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    I'm an independant childminder and will stay that way or retire.

    Thanks Sarah a great place for us all to share our thoughts
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    Quote Originally Posted by cathtee View Post
    I'm an independant childminder and will stay that way or retire.

    Thanks Sarah a great place for us all to share our thoughts
    Thanks Sarah yes I will be staying independant definately against Agencies

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    Oooh, exciting! People call independent midwives because they want a personal service, not to be left to the vagaries of the state! I think that soon people will be calling independent childminders/child care professionals for the same reason!

    Gooooo Uuuusssss!

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    As far as I'm concerned I gave up working for an agency to work for myself - I was a secondary school teacher!

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