So who do you think in the wheels of Government decided to publish the new Common Inspection Framework Early Years Handbook on the same day as announcing the opening of a cost of childcare consultation. Those cynics within early years might even say that it was done deliberately so one might overshadow the other – surely not!
They both have equal importance – but which should you refer to first?
Well, in my opinion, the Consultation of course, it has a time limit to submit – 10th August 2015 – and is all about a call for evidence, looking at the costs of providing childcare. This is the review that I have been campaigning passionately for through Change.org to try to ensure that funding is distributed equally across the country to all providers – have you signed up yet? Have your parents signed up yet? Have you had our parent leaflet?
They want us to supply evidence directly – an interesting concept that we are all now statisticians alongside our other many talents – although to be fair we have said we are underfunded and now it’s time to prove it to the Government. We need to put our facts where our mouths are! But how do we do this?
We can either hope for one of the lobbying organisations to come up with a pro-forma – or perhaps even develop one ourselves – tell us what you think of that idea? Either way, we all definitely need to send in our basic figures of what our provisions cost us and what we are funded and why we consider this is not enough. This is an easier calculation for some than for others but we need to demonstrate as best we can. I am still trying to complete a full list of hourly rates paid to providers so if you know any of these then please send the information to email@example.com.
As for the Common Inspection Framework, I am sending more information on this to our newsletter subscribers (subscribe here) and we will be holding some training sessions over the Summer to highlight the key areas of change, ready for the September implementation. We will delve into where we need to sharpen our practice in order to meet the new criteria for everything from teaching, learning and assessment through leadership and management and how to ensure we are meeting British Values and preventing radicalisation! Yes it may seem a bit over the top for early years but its real and we need to know what expectations Ofsted will have of us.
Check out our website for full updates in the next few days and weeks.
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About the author: Tricia Wellings
Her passion for and knowledge of owning and running a nursery group and the issues within the sector that affect them is second to none. She continues to keep herself updated through regular meetings with PVI groups, Local Authorities, Ofsted Big Conversation and Conferences.
You can find our more about Tricia on her website www.triciawellings.co.uk