Select Committee on Education and Employment Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


APPENDICES TO THE MINUTES OF EVIDENCE

APPENDIX 1

Memorandum from the City of York Council (EYF 03)

  On behalf of the City of York Council we would like to thank the Select Committee on Education Employment for sending us Fourth Special Report on the Early Years. We welcome the opportunity to respond to this report.

  1.  The City of York feels the report reflects good practice in quality childcare and the City of York Council is already in the process of implementing most of the recommendations highlighted in the report. We are able to implement these recommendations because of our new admission policy of not admitting children into full time education in school until the term after their fifth birthday, which we are implementing from September 2001.

  2.  We feel that Quality Development should be coherent, that each Quality Assurance scheme and inspection should relate to one another and not be fragmented.

  3.  In reference to point 37, which refers to heads of centres, playgroups, nurseries requiring graduate level or equivalent, we have concerns for small playgroups in meeting the cost of these qualifications, particularly where staff turnover is high.

  4.  We would be interested in knowing how much this report will contribute to influencing future government policy.

Rosmary Flanagan

Team Co-ordinator for Development Workers Early Years Services

Linda Murphy

Special Educational Needs Development Worker.

April 2001


 
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