This week, data showing a disturbing and consistent trend of decline in the number of registered childminders have precipitated a spate of media stories speculating about the link between this decline and the impending EYFS – e.g. in Nursery World magazine, the Daily Mail, and in the Daily Telegraph. In addition, a feature on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on 16 May (listen again here)
has precipitated a cascade of postings on the Woman’s Hour messageboard.
These reports are entirely consistent with our own experience at Open EYE, with many childminders having contacted us over recent months, some in despair, about the unnecessary over-bureaucratisation of the EYFS, and their intention to give up their childminding careers altogether.