Memorandum from National Day Nurseries
Association (EYF 10)
1. Ref: Select
Committee Recommendation 3
NDNA believes that schools should be encouraged
to use the information and records that accompany a child from
a day care or playgroup setting. This is an important source of
information that will include parents' contributions. It is often
overlooked and undervalued.
2. Ref: Select Committee Recommendations
7 and 8
NDNA believes that all children in registered
childcare should be protected by the same set of standards. The
Government's failure to tackle this issue undermines and undervalues
the professional status of childminding. NDNA believes that the
"evidence" produced by the Government undermines the
value of the original consultation and the questions predispose
Every early years organisation and the National
Consultation Group for the Regulation of Childminding and Day
Care all oppose this decision, which we believe is in direct conflict
with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
3. Ref: Select Committee Recommendations
13 and 14
NDNA would wish to see a close monitoring of
the staffing ratios in the maintained sector. The increase of
unqualified "classroom assistants" on low salaries has
sometimes been at the expense of qualified nursery nurses. The
advantages of an increase in staff will be undermined if quality
is not addressed.
4. Ref: Select Committee Recommendations
19 and 20
Stronger words than "encouraging"
need to be used if parents are ever to feel comfortable in deferring
their child's entry to school. This issue has never been addressed
with any conviction.
5. Ref: Select Committee Recommendations
26 and 27
We welcome the commitment to training but recognise
that a number of EYDCPs still have difficulty in allowing the
private and voluntary sector to take an active role in developing
training to suit their needs.
6. Ref: Select Committee Recommendations
30 and 37
NDNA welcomes the Select Committee's points
and believes that there is too much Government emphasis on QTS
as the ultimate goal for all early years practitioners. NDNA would
want to see a greater commitment to developing a ladder of progression
with the childcare profession that is equivalent to but not subsumed
by "teaching qualifications".
We believe that the targets set by the National
Standards for qualified staff are too low and action should be
taken to ensure that levels of staff qualified to level 3 do not
drop below those at present in day nurseries.
7. Ref: Select Committee Recommendations
32 and 33
NDNA would consider it inappropriate for EYDCPs
to publish rates of pay for early years staff in the voluntary
or private sector. However, NDNA recognises the need to review
pay and conditions in order to recruit and retain high quality
staff. Urgent research needs to be undertaken to calculate the
true cost of childcare if salaries were to be increased.
8. Ref: Select Committee Recommendations
48 to 50
NDNA recognises an urgent need for EYDCPs to
be impartial and for all sectors of providers to be enabled to
take an active part. A major concern will remain that because
of the inherent design of the infrastruture provider representatives
will always be outnumbered. The views of practitioners from the
voluntary and private sectors will always be marginalised.
9. Ref: Select Committee Recommendations
53 and 54
NDNA would emphasise the need for the Government
to recognise the difficulties for the private and voluntary sector
created by funding policies. Decisions made by EYDCPs often reflect
the Local Authorities reluctance to use the funds outside the