Modify CRB regulations

Remove or modify the requirements to obtain a Standard CRB Disclosure for anyone who NOTIONALLY is assumed to come into contact with children or vulnerable adults.

This 'catch-all' law encompasses persons in no way involved as above just because they work in the same building, often at different times, as the vulnerable ones.  This implies a presumption of guilt because of registration and is very bureaucratic and costly.  Also, if continued in whatever form, a written statement should be made to the registered person on leaving the employment/voluntary work, that his/her name has been expunged from the records.  This does not happen at present.

CRB = Criminal Records Bureau

Why is this idea important?

Remove or modify the requirements to obtain a Standard CRB Disclosure for anyone who NOTIONALLY is assumed to come into contact with children or vulnerable adults.

This 'catch-all' law encompasses persons in no way involved as above just because they work in the same building, often at different times, as the vulnerable ones.  This implies a presumption of guilt because of registration and is very bureaucratic and costly.  Also, if continued in whatever form, a written statement should be made to the registered person on leaving the employment/voluntary work, that his/her name has been expunged from the records.  This does not happen at present.

CRB = Criminal Records Bureau

Review how student loan fees are repaid to the tax man and student loan company.

Employed people who also undertake private work should only have to pay student loan fees back  thorough one payment method only and not twice through salary and self assessed employment.

Why is this idea important?

Employed people who also undertake private work should only have to pay student loan fees back  thorough one payment method only and not twice through salary and self assessed employment.

special educational needs-review policy better provision for dyslexia

I urge this government to review the current provision for children special educational need.

I ask that there be to seperate types of statement one for  physical disability and one for learning difficulties

I ask for schools to be more dyslexia friendly.

Currently all children with special educational needs can be put foward for statement there is a limited pot of money and no differentiation between children with physical dysability and those with learning difficulties. Statements are generally awarded to children with physical disability.

Children with dyslexia generally remain on the school action plus program. The wording of the current provision is that children on this program should be offered "up to" 15 hours support a week. In most cases these children barely get an hour a week .

Parents and teachers have to fight hard to get the funding to get children with learning difficulties support.

Teachers need better training to understand that children with dyslexia are not low achievers but highly intelligent individuals who cannot express themselves on paper in the way they can verbally. They need to be given the budjet for these children to have scribes and readers and I.T. equiptment.

The current system is failing our young people

Why is this idea important?

I urge this government to review the current provision for children special educational need.

I ask that there be to seperate types of statement one for  physical disability and one for learning difficulties

I ask for schools to be more dyslexia friendly.

Currently all children with special educational needs can be put foward for statement there is a limited pot of money and no differentiation between children with physical dysability and those with learning difficulties. Statements are generally awarded to children with physical disability.

Children with dyslexia generally remain on the school action plus program. The wording of the current provision is that children on this program should be offered "up to" 15 hours support a week. In most cases these children barely get an hour a week .

Parents and teachers have to fight hard to get the funding to get children with learning difficulties support.

Teachers need better training to understand that children with dyslexia are not low achievers but highly intelligent individuals who cannot express themselves on paper in the way they can verbally. They need to be given the budjet for these children to have scribes and readers and I.T. equiptment.

The current system is failing our young people

crb

CRBs should be executed much more quickly as people are denied the civil liberty to work for 6-7 weeks even though the Govt. website says that most take only 10 days myself and other colleagues have had to wait from the end of April to the end of June thus denying skilled trained people the right to work as teachers .  This could mean that the state has to pay Jobseekers allowance when people could be earning their own living and costing the taxpayers money

Why is this idea important?

CRBs should be executed much more quickly as people are denied the civil liberty to work for 6-7 weeks even though the Govt. website says that most take only 10 days myself and other colleagues have had to wait from the end of April to the end of June thus denying skilled trained people the right to work as teachers .  This could mean that the state has to pay Jobseekers allowance when people could be earning their own living and costing the taxpayers money

Abolition of the Childrens Workforce Development Council

The Childrens Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is a means of creating well-paid jobs for an influential elite.

Its existence adds no value to the work of the talented and committed professionals it purports to serve. Indeed, its malign and self-serving influence places a substantial burden on those on which it preys. The qualifications it professes to champion are merely a superfluous duplication of those put forward through the NVQ structure and the abundance of professional bodies which oversee the occupational development of the sectors CWDC claims to represent.

As a foster carer of seven years’ standing, having undergone a testing selection process, a challenging induction programme and an NVQ III in Foster Care – all supported by a comprehensive ongoing training regime – I now find that I am required to complete yet another assessment paper-chase in the form of the CWDC standards. This process is not designed to add any benefit in terms of knowledge or understanding, but is merely an intrusive and bureaucratic appraisal of the practices and procedures I already adopt.

I did not become a foster carer in order to engage in officious paper-based exercises, nor to become ensnared in a labyrinth of cross-referenced paperwork and red tape. Yet, thanks to CWDC, this is what I am to become.

CWDC should be abolished forthwith.

Why is this idea important?

The Childrens Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is a means of creating well-paid jobs for an influential elite.

Its existence adds no value to the work of the talented and committed professionals it purports to serve. Indeed, its malign and self-serving influence places a substantial burden on those on which it preys. The qualifications it professes to champion are merely a superfluous duplication of those put forward through the NVQ structure and the abundance of professional bodies which oversee the occupational development of the sectors CWDC claims to represent.

As a foster carer of seven years’ standing, having undergone a testing selection process, a challenging induction programme and an NVQ III in Foster Care – all supported by a comprehensive ongoing training regime – I now find that I am required to complete yet another assessment paper-chase in the form of the CWDC standards. This process is not designed to add any benefit in terms of knowledge or understanding, but is merely an intrusive and bureaucratic appraisal of the practices and procedures I already adopt.

I did not become a foster carer in order to engage in officious paper-based exercises, nor to become ensnared in a labyrinth of cross-referenced paperwork and red tape. Yet, thanks to CWDC, this is what I am to become.

CWDC should be abolished forthwith.

Remove FE Regulations forcing membership of IFL

Currently the 2007 regulations force all FE teachers and others working in the lifelong learning sector to become members of the Institute for Learning.  It is BIS who fund their joining fee with the intention in the near future for the members themselves to pay their own fee in the near future.  However, if colleges decide to freeze pay increases then the regulatory demand to join an organisation that has had very little impact for improvement on the majority of FE lecturers seems unfair and unreasonable.  I am not saying abolish IfL but what I am asking for is the removal of the regulations and if teachers wish to join IfL then that is fine but there is no need for all teachers and trainers in the FE lifelong learning sector to become members

Why is this idea important?

Currently the 2007 regulations force all FE teachers and others working in the lifelong learning sector to become members of the Institute for Learning.  It is BIS who fund their joining fee with the intention in the near future for the members themselves to pay their own fee in the near future.  However, if colleges decide to freeze pay increases then the regulatory demand to join an organisation that has had very little impact for improvement on the majority of FE lecturers seems unfair and unreasonable.  I am not saying abolish IfL but what I am asking for is the removal of the regulations and if teachers wish to join IfL then that is fine but there is no need for all teachers and trainers in the FE lifelong learning sector to become members

Slim down the National Curriculum for teachers!

I trained up originally as a primary school teacher in the 1990s, and was very good at my job. I left because of the sheer volume of paperwork required to manage the National Curriculum.

Most of my time was devoted to "benchmarking" and assessing my pupils against various level descriptors. Not only this, but the Literacy and Numeracy hours (the principles of which which I agree with) were intensely prescriptive: we were told how to structure classes, for example, which involved me having to allocate different *topics* (not just differentiated tasks) to different groups of children in their Numeracy lesson, when commnon sense told me they should at least have the same focus, albeit at different levels.

I have since moved on to sixth form teaching, via FE and a stint doing VSO, but I still hear various horror stories about primary teachers having to submit detailed lesson plans and evaluations (including portfolios of photographs) for *every lesson* they teach! I notice that the teachers in the school oppposite where I live,one with a very good reputation, are often at work before 7a.m.

Why is this idea important?

I trained up originally as a primary school teacher in the 1990s, and was very good at my job. I left because of the sheer volume of paperwork required to manage the National Curriculum.

Most of my time was devoted to "benchmarking" and assessing my pupils against various level descriptors. Not only this, but the Literacy and Numeracy hours (the principles of which which I agree with) were intensely prescriptive: we were told how to structure classes, for example, which involved me having to allocate different *topics* (not just differentiated tasks) to different groups of children in their Numeracy lesson, when commnon sense told me they should at least have the same focus, albeit at different levels.

I have since moved on to sixth form teaching, via FE and a stint doing VSO, but I still hear various horror stories about primary teachers having to submit detailed lesson plans and evaluations (including portfolios of photographs) for *every lesson* they teach! I notice that the teachers in the school oppposite where I live,one with a very good reputation, are often at work before 7a.m.

educating children with special needs

My idea is that we need to cut through the red tape that makes achieving an educational statement for children with special needs often a two-year process.  Caring parents push through echelons of teachers untrained in psychology to reach diagnosis by an educational psychologist.  Children without that care fall by the wayside even at this initial level, often being deemed ‘naughty’ and from problem families.  They can cause havoc in the classroom, become resentful, alienated and drop out.  Our prisons are full of illiterates and localities are scrawled with graffiti as such people try to validate their existence.

It’s simply wrong to try to herd our children into a ‘one size fits all’ education system.  A Freedom Bill should acknowledge the right of the individual to be respected by society, within legal limits.

I propose that we cut through hierarchy to make Educational Psychologists directly available in schools, acknowledging that the extent of the ‘special needs’ issue has been vastly under-recognized to date in a pejorative society where punishment and justice have taken precedence over prevention of anti-social behaviour.

If children were diagnosed early and given appropriate support and direction then we could save millions, or even billions, on mopping up the mess created by alienated, unhappy individuals.  This would not just save money, but alleviate human suffering.

I speak as a teacher of 25 years experience, now running my own educational consultancy.  I do 121 coaching and find that of the students referred to me 90% have undiagnosed special needs.  I liaise frequently with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of Trinity College, Cambridge and publish regularly on educational matters in ‘Mensa Magazine’, being a member of the high IQ society.

Why is this idea important?

My idea is that we need to cut through the red tape that makes achieving an educational statement for children with special needs often a two-year process.  Caring parents push through echelons of teachers untrained in psychology to reach diagnosis by an educational psychologist.  Children without that care fall by the wayside even at this initial level, often being deemed ‘naughty’ and from problem families.  They can cause havoc in the classroom, become resentful, alienated and drop out.  Our prisons are full of illiterates and localities are scrawled with graffiti as such people try to validate their existence.

It’s simply wrong to try to herd our children into a ‘one size fits all’ education system.  A Freedom Bill should acknowledge the right of the individual to be respected by society, within legal limits.

I propose that we cut through hierarchy to make Educational Psychologists directly available in schools, acknowledging that the extent of the ‘special needs’ issue has been vastly under-recognized to date in a pejorative society where punishment and justice have taken precedence over prevention of anti-social behaviour.

If children were diagnosed early and given appropriate support and direction then we could save millions, or even billions, on mopping up the mess created by alienated, unhappy individuals.  This would not just save money, but alleviate human suffering.

I speak as a teacher of 25 years experience, now running my own educational consultancy.  I do 121 coaching and find that of the students referred to me 90% have undiagnosed special needs.  I liaise frequently with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of Trinity College, Cambridge and publish regularly on educational matters in ‘Mensa Magazine’, being a member of the high IQ society.

Harmonise teaching qualifications and standards

At the moment there are two different teaching qualifications, both called PGCE. These are the 11-19 PGCE (for schools), and the 14-19 PGCE (for FE colleges and sixth form colleges).  These two different qualifications are managed by two different Quangos, and have different standards. 

The consequence of this is that if you are 14-19 qualified you are only considered a qualified teacher if your students' are funded by the Institute for Learning. Therefore it is possible for a 14-19 qualified teacher to teach identical GCSE content to two different classes and to be a qualified teacher in one (if the students are funded by the IfL), and be unqualified in the other (students are funded by DfES).

There are therefore two parallel bodies of professionals teaching 14-19 year olds that have different and incompatible qualifications. This restricts mobility and employability for highly experienced and capable teachers (particularly those trained in the FE sector).  

I therefore believe that there should be a single flexible teaching qualification that is recognised by schools, sixth form colleges and FE colleges. This will save money in training teachers, and will give teachers mobility and flexibility in their careers. It would open up a wider pool of teaching professionals for schools and colleges.

Why is this idea important?

At the moment there are two different teaching qualifications, both called PGCE. These are the 11-19 PGCE (for schools), and the 14-19 PGCE (for FE colleges and sixth form colleges).  These two different qualifications are managed by two different Quangos, and have different standards. 

The consequence of this is that if you are 14-19 qualified you are only considered a qualified teacher if your students' are funded by the Institute for Learning. Therefore it is possible for a 14-19 qualified teacher to teach identical GCSE content to two different classes and to be a qualified teacher in one (if the students are funded by the IfL), and be unqualified in the other (students are funded by DfES).

There are therefore two parallel bodies of professionals teaching 14-19 year olds that have different and incompatible qualifications. This restricts mobility and employability for highly experienced and capable teachers (particularly those trained in the FE sector).  

I therefore believe that there should be a single flexible teaching qualification that is recognised by schools, sixth form colleges and FE colleges. This will save money in training teachers, and will give teachers mobility and flexibility in their careers. It would open up a wider pool of teaching professionals for schools and colleges.

Only have one exam board

I dont really see the point in different exam boards, because some are known to be easier than others. Surely it would reduce the costs for schools ( who have to pay for students to sit the exams) and make it easier for universities to compare candidates.

Why is this idea important?

I dont really see the point in different exam boards, because some are known to be easier than others. Surely it would reduce the costs for schools ( who have to pay for students to sit the exams) and make it easier for universities to compare candidates.

Disclosure Scotland

One disclosure should be sufficient for an extended period of time, instead of having to apply for seperate disclosures for different activities.

Myself and a few of my colleagues are artists, and we run art groups for people of all ages and abilities.  One particular friend of mine had to have over twenty disclosure forms processed last year alone!  It also costs money to have this done! 

I just don't understand why we can't fill in one form that covers us and our workshops for a period of say, a year or two.  That is, instead of having to fill out individual applications for when we work for the council, the college, private classes, local groups etc…  It makes being self employed a nightmare and only adds to the red tape! 

 

Why is this idea important?

One disclosure should be sufficient for an extended period of time, instead of having to apply for seperate disclosures for different activities.

Myself and a few of my colleagues are artists, and we run art groups for people of all ages and abilities.  One particular friend of mine had to have over twenty disclosure forms processed last year alone!  It also costs money to have this done! 

I just don't understand why we can't fill in one form that covers us and our workshops for a period of say, a year or two.  That is, instead of having to fill out individual applications for when we work for the council, the college, private classes, local groups etc…  It makes being self employed a nightmare and only adds to the red tape! 

 

Abolish QTS skills tests for university graduates

I do not understand why talented graduates need to undertake a QTS skills test in order to become teachers. On my PGCE course there are graduates who have achieved 1st class honours degrees in Maths and Science yet are still expected to undertake a QTS skills test in numeracy and ICT.  Additionally, finishing university dissertations and extended essays must imply a considerable level of literacy. If a potential teacher's literacy, numeracy and IT skills are not adequate, it should be up to teacher training colleges to provide  the trainee with ways of improving and then demonstrating these skills.

Why is this idea important?

I do not understand why talented graduates need to undertake a QTS skills test in order to become teachers. On my PGCE course there are graduates who have achieved 1st class honours degrees in Maths and Science yet are still expected to undertake a QTS skills test in numeracy and ICT.  Additionally, finishing university dissertations and extended essays must imply a considerable level of literacy. If a potential teacher's literacy, numeracy and IT skills are not adequate, it should be up to teacher training colleges to provide  the trainee with ways of improving and then demonstrating these skills.

Repeal the 15 hrs free nursery education

The 2006 Code of Practice stating that all nursery children over the age of 3 are entitled to 15 hours per week free nursery education needs to be repealed.  The Govt only owns 15% of all nursery schools in England.  The remaining 85% are in private hands.  The rate that the govt wishes to pay private owners does not cover the costs of running their businesses therefore the onus of financial responsibiltiy to run this legislation will lie in the hands of a few nursery owners. 

This will mean that the quality of education that the children receive will be dumbed down in order to ensure that nurseries are not running at a loss.  The previous government were adement that no nursery owner should make a profit (see Dawn Primarolo), however governement don't understand that many/most nursery owners make very little profit anyway.  I am the owner of a small chain of nurseries.  Last year my profit equated to 0.05% of my investment.  This legislation hinders all private nursery owners from running their businesses and either the government should increase their budget to run this (currently £4bn per annum), recind it, or allow nursery owners to charge additional top up fees.  To do nothing will see this business wither very quickly.  As the nursery business allows parents the freedom to work, as well as being a significant employer, the government should urgently review this before it is too late.

Why is this idea important?

The 2006 Code of Practice stating that all nursery children over the age of 3 are entitled to 15 hours per week free nursery education needs to be repealed.  The Govt only owns 15% of all nursery schools in England.  The remaining 85% are in private hands.  The rate that the govt wishes to pay private owners does not cover the costs of running their businesses therefore the onus of financial responsibiltiy to run this legislation will lie in the hands of a few nursery owners. 

This will mean that the quality of education that the children receive will be dumbed down in order to ensure that nurseries are not running at a loss.  The previous government were adement that no nursery owner should make a profit (see Dawn Primarolo), however governement don't understand that many/most nursery owners make very little profit anyway.  I am the owner of a small chain of nurseries.  Last year my profit equated to 0.05% of my investment.  This legislation hinders all private nursery owners from running their businesses and either the government should increase their budget to run this (currently £4bn per annum), recind it, or allow nursery owners to charge additional top up fees.  To do nothing will see this business wither very quickly.  As the nursery business allows parents the freedom to work, as well as being a significant employer, the government should urgently review this before it is too late.

Pay students for certain courses

Although this government open forum is a good idea, it is restrictive in terms of its general categories for ideas to be input. As such I have just decided to put this idea into this category even though it doest really fit in here.

We recognise that there are certain skills shortages within the UK, i.e. medicine , engineering etc. The government should consider giving incentives to students who want to take university courses that would address key skills shortages. i would propose that students who take such degrees would be paid an amount to do so. Perhaps paid £100 per week tax free. Obviously part of the deal would be a committment to work in the UK for a certain period of time. Also such students progress would be closely monitored to make sure they are pulling their weight.

Why is this idea important?

Although this government open forum is a good idea, it is restrictive in terms of its general categories for ideas to be input. As such I have just decided to put this idea into this category even though it doest really fit in here.

We recognise that there are certain skills shortages within the UK, i.e. medicine , engineering etc. The government should consider giving incentives to students who want to take university courses that would address key skills shortages. i would propose that students who take such degrees would be paid an amount to do so. Perhaps paid £100 per week tax free. Obviously part of the deal would be a committment to work in the UK for a certain period of time. Also such students progress would be closely monitored to make sure they are pulling their weight.

Abolish EYFS for out of school clubs/holiday clubs

As I understand it, the EYFS  was set up to look at the provision of appropriate standards of care for children who were in childcare in whatever form, prior to starting school in order to ensure every child had the best start when they went to primary school. Because of the way it has been administered with the cut off age being 0-5 inclusive, this requires reception teachers in primary schools to apply the same criteria, as well as out of school settings like holiday clubs and after school clubs.
As part of the remit,  each child requires a key worker, who is aware of their learning goals and needs to communicate these to other professionals involved with the child’s care as well as parents, to ensure the child’s learning needs are met.
I believe the regulations should be abolished for all children who have started school regardless of age.

Why is this idea important?

As I understand it, the EYFS  was set up to look at the provision of appropriate standards of care for children who were in childcare in whatever form, prior to starting school in order to ensure every child had the best start when they went to primary school. Because of the way it has been administered with the cut off age being 0-5 inclusive, this requires reception teachers in primary schools to apply the same criteria, as well as out of school settings like holiday clubs and after school clubs.
As part of the remit,  each child requires a key worker, who is aware of their learning goals and needs to communicate these to other professionals involved with the child’s care as well as parents, to ensure the child’s learning needs are met.
I believe the regulations should be abolished for all children who have started school regardless of age.

Why I’m not talking my class on a trip before the end of term

Scrap the on-line "Evolve educational visits" system. 

I want to take my reception class to the local church to look at signs and symbols and also for a walk in the local environment.  As a primary school teacher we used to fill out a paper risk assessment which the headteacher would sign and off we would go.  Now we have to put in an e-request via "evolve education visits" which takes too much time and a fortnight to get authorised – even for going for a walk!.  There are at least 4 visits this year, including the two above, which haven't gone ahead because of this onerous, meaningless and damaging (to the education of the children) system.  That organisation should be scrapped or at least should only apply to residential visits.

Why is this idea important?

Scrap the on-line "Evolve educational visits" system. 

I want to take my reception class to the local church to look at signs and symbols and also for a walk in the local environment.  As a primary school teacher we used to fill out a paper risk assessment which the headteacher would sign and off we would go.  Now we have to put in an e-request via "evolve education visits" which takes too much time and a fortnight to get authorised – even for going for a walk!.  There are at least 4 visits this year, including the two above, which haven't gone ahead because of this onerous, meaningless and damaging (to the education of the children) system.  That organisation should be scrapped or at least should only apply to residential visits.

Abolish Education Maintenance Allowance

Given the systematic abuse of this allowance by very well off self employed families, I suggest this allowance be abolished and another way be found to support low income students.

I am suggesting this change as I have personal experience of fraud involved in this system.

Why is this idea important?

Given the systematic abuse of this allowance by very well off self employed families, I suggest this allowance be abolished and another way be found to support low income students.

I am suggesting this change as I have personal experience of fraud involved in this system.

Let childminders be childminders and informal arrangements be just that where both parties are happy.

I am a registered childminder and want to care for children within a home environment and as part of my own family.  I am bogged down by hours of paperwork and timewasting which detracts from looking after and interacting with the children.

People pay extra for nurseries as they expect the paperwork and observations etc and that is what you pay for as a seperate environmen and for a develping child and in tiime the government therefore funds accordingly. 

I signed up 10 years ago to become a childminder to offer quality care for children within a loving caring safe environment and now it is so paperwork orientated that I spend hours in the evening doing things which do not effect the care of the children at all.

I am restriced to numbers as a childminder within my home, safe, environment however am now nannying as I can have up to 6 children in a parents home which is not as safe as my own and allows me to care for the children who are happy and whose parents are happy with the care I offer.    I do not need to complete all the paperwork associated with childminding and can also care for my own 2 pre-schoolers as well as 2 minded children where Ofsted will not sanction the numbers.  It involves additional driving and risks minimised at my own house which are present at the families house.  I can still use my OFSTED number and the parents are all in agreement however it means I cannot be at home more than 2 hours per day.  This is so rediculous.

I have 5 children on a Friday monring, 2 pre-schoolers of my own and 3 minded children who are all at nursery.  Therefore for 3 hours on a ri morning I have been informed by Ofsted that I have 2 pay an assistant on contracted hours and we need to bb 2gether as we officially have 5 children when all 5 are at nursery!  As a nanny I am able to have all 5 children myself with no restritiosn or paperwork involved.

Although I agree rules need to be in place to safeguard children there needs to be flexibility to look at circumstanes and childminders shoild be allowed to carry out our role within caring for children in a mutually agreeable situation where appropriate with no additional out of hours responsibilities. 

The whole idea of being a childminder used to be that it fitted around my family – now my family and the minded children have 2 fit around me getting the right paperwork in order!

As far as informal arrangements go where no payment is given for family, extended family or colleague where a mutual arrangement is in place.  Where it is mutually agreeable and no money changes hands then this should be an formal agreement and not subject to such strict rules of registration.

Paperwork is fine and a necessity in to some settings but when it detracts from the care of the children and family time outside of working hours this is not acceptable.

Several childminders I know have opted out of the system due to paperwork requirements now and others have not registered due to the constrainst in place. 

The government are supposed 2 give chidminders an incentive to offer spaces and parents to go back to work however put restrictiosn in place which in some cases make it impossible or extremely difficult for people to be able to tow the line.  Cases need to be looked at in their own merits.

Let childminders do their own job and achieve our main objective without the adverse paperwork and beaurocracy and seperate us from nurseries not band us all the same where there are very obvious differences in the care offered.

Why is this idea important?

I am a registered childminder and want to care for children within a home environment and as part of my own family.  I am bogged down by hours of paperwork and timewasting which detracts from looking after and interacting with the children.

People pay extra for nurseries as they expect the paperwork and observations etc and that is what you pay for as a seperate environmen and for a develping child and in tiime the government therefore funds accordingly. 

I signed up 10 years ago to become a childminder to offer quality care for children within a loving caring safe environment and now it is so paperwork orientated that I spend hours in the evening doing things which do not effect the care of the children at all.

I am restriced to numbers as a childminder within my home, safe, environment however am now nannying as I can have up to 6 children in a parents home which is not as safe as my own and allows me to care for the children who are happy and whose parents are happy with the care I offer.    I do not need to complete all the paperwork associated with childminding and can also care for my own 2 pre-schoolers as well as 2 minded children where Ofsted will not sanction the numbers.  It involves additional driving and risks minimised at my own house which are present at the families house.  I can still use my OFSTED number and the parents are all in agreement however it means I cannot be at home more than 2 hours per day.  This is so rediculous.

I have 5 children on a Friday monring, 2 pre-schoolers of my own and 3 minded children who are all at nursery.  Therefore for 3 hours on a ri morning I have been informed by Ofsted that I have 2 pay an assistant on contracted hours and we need to bb 2gether as we officially have 5 children when all 5 are at nursery!  As a nanny I am able to have all 5 children myself with no restritiosn or paperwork involved.

Although I agree rules need to be in place to safeguard children there needs to be flexibility to look at circumstanes and childminders shoild be allowed to carry out our role within caring for children in a mutually agreeable situation where appropriate with no additional out of hours responsibilities. 

The whole idea of being a childminder used to be that it fitted around my family – now my family and the minded children have 2 fit around me getting the right paperwork in order!

As far as informal arrangements go where no payment is given for family, extended family or colleague where a mutual arrangement is in place.  Where it is mutually agreeable and no money changes hands then this should be an formal agreement and not subject to such strict rules of registration.

Paperwork is fine and a necessity in to some settings but when it detracts from the care of the children and family time outside of working hours this is not acceptable.

Several childminders I know have opted out of the system due to paperwork requirements now and others have not registered due to the constrainst in place. 

The government are supposed 2 give chidminders an incentive to offer spaces and parents to go back to work however put restrictiosn in place which in some cases make it impossible or extremely difficult for people to be able to tow the line.  Cases need to be looked at in their own merits.

Let childminders do their own job and achieve our main objective without the adverse paperwork and beaurocracy and seperate us from nurseries not band us all the same where there are very obvious differences in the care offered.

An education for children that reflects today’s society

I am a primary school teacher and have voted liberal since I was 18. Children today require an exciting curriculum that is innovative and tailored to their world yet this has become increasingly stifled by teachers being reluctant to allow children to experience exciting activities full of discovery because of the fear that they will personally be held accountable for events which are out of anybody's control. This ranges from using a candle or ice cubes in science lessons (where  a risk assessment has to be carried out) to allowing children access to sitting on the grass (where children may be allergic to ticks or bugs in the grass). Of course children need to be protected and cared for yet surely they also need to experience our world, full of wonderful things, without teachers having to put their own liability on the line? I myself am a primary school teacher and have knowingly risked liability in the interest of children's learning. I don't think the government can actually do anything about the blame culture that we have at present but would like to express my frustration in any event, for the sake of the poor children of Britain forced to sit through a multitude of safe powerpoints. Poor things.

Why is this idea important?

I am a primary school teacher and have voted liberal since I was 18. Children today require an exciting curriculum that is innovative and tailored to their world yet this has become increasingly stifled by teachers being reluctant to allow children to experience exciting activities full of discovery because of the fear that they will personally be held accountable for events which are out of anybody's control. This ranges from using a candle or ice cubes in science lessons (where  a risk assessment has to be carried out) to allowing children access to sitting on the grass (where children may be allergic to ticks or bugs in the grass). Of course children need to be protected and cared for yet surely they also need to experience our world, full of wonderful things, without teachers having to put their own liability on the line? I myself am a primary school teacher and have knowingly risked liability in the interest of children's learning. I don't think the government can actually do anything about the blame culture that we have at present but would like to express my frustration in any event, for the sake of the poor children of Britain forced to sit through a multitude of safe powerpoints. Poor things.

Stop Connexions hassling young people!

Just scrap Connexions full stop and replace it with a proper careers service to get this country up-skilled and working!

Connexions is a target driven 'careers' organisation obsessed with 'NEET' (not in education, employment or training) statistics. It's existence is to monitor young peoples activities and maintain big brother databases of their wereabouts and movements. It is more important to tick boxes about young peoples activities than provide good independent careers advice.

Go for it!

Why is this idea important?

Just scrap Connexions full stop and replace it with a proper careers service to get this country up-skilled and working!

Connexions is a target driven 'careers' organisation obsessed with 'NEET' (not in education, employment or training) statistics. It's existence is to monitor young peoples activities and maintain big brother databases of their wereabouts and movements. It is more important to tick boxes about young peoples activities than provide good independent careers advice.

Go for it!

cut the paperwork involved in childminding

surely it is better for childminders to spend time with children, showing them many different things, to help their knowledge and prepare them for when they start school, instead of letting them watch tv, while the childminder does their paperwork.

Why is this idea important?

surely it is better for childminders to spend time with children, showing them many different things, to help their knowledge and prepare them for when they start school, instead of letting them watch tv, while the childminder does their paperwork.