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REC childcare group manifesto

REC childcare group manifesto to build bridges with Government
The Recruitment and Employment Confederations Childcare Group has pledged to forge closer links with Government departments and other key stakeholder groups in a bid to increase its voice on issues which may have wide-ranging effects on the sector.
This is one of the aims contained in a new manifesto which was launched on 1st October at the groups meeting and training day and which outlines the plans of the sector group for the next year.
Raising stakeholder engagement will include greater co-operation from the group with the Department for Children Schools and Families, the Childrens Workforce Development Council, the National Childminding Association, VOICE and Ofsted.
Judith Ivers, Chair of REC Childcare, explained: One of our key aims is to make ourselves heard and increase awareness of who we are  to a range of Government bodies and  key organisations. With so many changes currently taking place in the area of childcare administration and regulation, we need to ensure that what is proposed does not put extra bureaucratic or financial burdens on our members.
In working with Government departments and other bodies operating within our sector, we can all be better informed and aware of our respective roles and responsibilities in delivering the best possible services to our clients and candidates.
Members of the group were also reminded that the first part of the Independent Safeguarding Authoritys Vetting and Barring Scheme comes into effect next Monday (October 12).
Lorraine Laryea, the RECs Solicitor and Commercial Advisor, explained there was still a discrepancy between different information on what information the ISA needed from recruiters and that further guidance from the Independent Safeguarding Authority is urgently needed. The REC will continue to campaign on sector members behalf to ensure that all relevant information is forthcoming ahead of its implementation.
Members of the group were also updated   on the Ofsted campaign after concerns were raised over the current procedure for nannies applying to be on Ofsteds Childcare Register. The next steps the REC will  be taking are  to raise the issue with the DCSF and continue discussions with Ofsted


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