The ‘More Great Childcare’ DfE report – what it means for Childminders

January 30th, 2013

Our initial thoughts on what the ‘More Great Childcare’ DfE report means for Childminders


Just when you were getting used to the new EYFS framework (or maybe even before!) the Government announces plans to make yet more significant changes to the Childcare sector.

Yesterday the Department for Education (DfE) published its report into proposed changes to the Childcare sector. The report, ‘More Great Childcare’ sets out a plan of action, for (in their words) how the Government will achieve its vision of a dynamic childcare market, delivering high quality early education. It incorporates the Government’s response to Professor Cathy Nutbrown’s independent review ‘Foundations for quality’ published in June last year.

This much-awaited report contains a set of proposals on reforms that the Government plans to implement. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (education and childcare), Liz Truss MP has led the development of these proposals and you may have seen or heard her on various news programmes over the last few days. It appears that some reforms can come into affect later this year. However some, for example Childminding agencies, will require changes to laws and so are scheduled for implementation not before 2014.

In addition to its ‘More Great Childcare’ report, the Government will soon be publishing its report from the Childcare Commission. This report should outline how the Government plans to support parents with the costs of childcare.

In this blog we highlight what we believe are the most significant reforms that the ‘More Great Childcare’ report proposes for registered Childminders in England. We also discuss our initial thoughts on what those proposals mean for Childminders.

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