Talking with the Department for Education

Talking with the Department for Education

Laura Henry has asked the Department for Education to co-host the popular weekly twitter conversation #EYTalking.

This will take place on Tuesday 21st January 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. GMT.

The Department has set the following discussion points and is keen to communicate as widely as possible across the sector on the following issues:

  • how to encourage schools to offer more Early Years and out-of-school childcare, including in partnership with PVI providers;
  • how to encourage more childminders to enter the profession whether independently or as part of an agency;
  • how to help parents make informed choices about childcare, including knowing how to demand a quality service.

As well as these discussion points, there may be other complementary issues that the sector may like to raise with the Department. Be sure to spread the word, especially to colleagues who are unable to attend events and conferences, so that they too can have their say on these important sector issues.

Remember on the evening to use the hash tag: #EYTalking to share and connect with others on the debate.

For more information email: laura@childcareconsult.co.uk and follow @EYTalking onTwitter.

Parenta supports #OfstedBigConversation

Parenta supports #OfstedBigConversation

Social media is being used as the primary way to promote a weekend of debate around Ofsted's change of stance regarding the Early Years Sector.  Anyone involved in childcare is being urged to get involved during the weekend of the 13th and 14th of September, which has been designated the#OfstedBigConversation weekend.

Meetings will be hosted across England. Some will cater for larger groups and some may be three people sharing a pot of tea in their kitchen. The plan is to get everyone thinking, conversing and considering the key issues, with a view to producing an Early Years proposal for Ofsted.

This will identify the key issues and barriers to progress, what would help and how we can build an exemplary regulatory system together which is mutually respected and highly effective.

June O'Sullivan, (CEO of LEYF)  has published a blog, detailing her 10 key issues, and is closely involved in forming the agenda with the others mentioned on the map below. You can read the blog here, or follow them on Twitter for the latest updates.  (you'll find them all followed by @TheParentaGroup)

Map showing the larger #ofstedbigconversation meetings

Map showing the larger #ofstedbigconversation meetings

If you are a fan of Twitter, #EYTalking will be featuring Ofsted as the main agenda item on Tuesday 3rd September at 8pm. Simply search for #EYTalking to get involved.

In order to make this a success, it is crucial to engage as many industry voices as possible. The best way is to get online, tweet, post and blog about your Ofsted issues, or share them below and we will promote them for you. Don't forget to tag everything with #OfstedBigConversation


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