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Ofsted report fails to tackle the Nanny issue says REC Childcare

Ofsted report fails to tackle the Nanny issue says REC Childcare
 
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation today responded to the Ofsted report on the standards of teaching and childcare, warning that the current voluntary register for nannies fails to protect the interests of parents and their children.
 
Whilst the report revealed that 10% of childcare provision was outstanding, 58% good, 29% satisfactory and 3% unsatisfactory, the RECs Childcare sector group warned that these figures masked the inadequacies endemic in the current system.
 
Responding to the report, REC Childcare reiterated its calls for an immediate tightening up of the registration process for nannies on the Ofsted Voluntary Register. To further safeguard high standards, the group alternatively suggests the introduction of mandatory registration for all nannies.
 
Commenting on this matter Judith Ivers, chair of REC Childcare said:
It is unacceptable that nannies are not subject to rigorous checks.  We need a system that reflects the expectations of parents and the needs of their children.  Current checks prove wholly inadequate not only have unqualified nannies been able to register whilst lacking even basic skills like first aid, but when removed, they are able to use their Ofsted accreditation as a means to secure future employment. 
 
Parents place a lot of trust in Ofsted, and therefore in the Ofsted Voluntary Register we need to tighten the rules to ensure the trust placed in the Register by parents is justified.

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