"All UK Childcarers should be registered"


All childcarers in the UK should be registered, according to a new campaign group."All childcarers should be registered"

The campaign group was formed in reaction to Education and Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss’s proposals to relax ratios for childminders and lift restrictions on informal care.

Tricia Pritchard, Senior Professional Officer with Voice, who chairs the campaign, said “It is our view that childcare is a safeguarding issue and therefore de-regulation of any kind would be a backward step. We would go further. We believe that the current regulatory framework should be widened to include nannies and all home childcare provision, and that no child should be put at risk by a cost-cutting exercise.

The other associations making up the group are ANA (The Association of Nanny Agencies), BAPN (British Association of Professional Nannies), Chiltern College, Morton Michel, Nannytax, REC (The Recruitment & Employment Confederation) and Voice: the union for education professionals.

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3 thoughts on “"All UK Childcarers should be registered"

  • October 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Liz Truss’s views to be read in the whole.

    We have a pretty simple choice to make:

    1. Opt for more affordable and flexible childcare by allowing some deregulation; or
    2. Stick with the status quo.

    In that context I am completely behind deregulation

  • October 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I agree entirely with Helen. All childcarers – including grandparents and parents of course – should be registered and inspected. Long overdue. A lot of child abuse happens in the home after all.

  • October 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Absolutely agree and long overdue – all childcare and education personnel, no matter what their title and where they are employed, should be required to be registered and monitored. Safeguarding of children is an issue for everyone and there should be no loopholes or ways for individuals to slip through the net. As a nursery manager and early years teacher, I am appalled that Elizabeth Truss appears to be taking a step backwards and cutting costs. Where a child’s well being and safety is at risk, de-regulation of any kind is completely out of the question – I am surprised that anyone would even admit to be considering this as an option!


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