These are the campaigns that Norland is currently supporting to promote standards of care and education for children are reviewed and enhanced.
UK Nannies Matter
Norland has partnered the UK Nanny campagn to champion the recognition of nannies as professionals in the Early Years sector.
The campaign aims to set minimum standards to become a Professional Nanny, outline a Nanny pay-scale based on continuing education (CPD) and experience, to encourage policymakers to ensure the safeguarding of children by regulating Nannies, to establish a governing body, and for parents to feel confident about who they employ as their Nanny to take care of their children within the home setting.
You can read more about this campaign on the UK Nanny website.
This change in legislation would ensure that nannies (who are currently unregulated) are covered under the same regulatory umbrella, and held to the same registration standards, currently required of childminders. This move is vital in order to safeguard children, improve childcare standards and create consistency in the childcare industry.
Norland College believes strongly that no part of the early years workforce should be outside regulation.
The other members of the campaigning group are: Voice the Union, Parental Choice, Morton Michel, The Chiltern College, BAPN (British Association of Professional Nannies) and Asquith Nannies
You can follow the Regulation Matters Campaign on Twitterand on Facebook .
Rewind on Ratios
In 2013, the College was involved with thecampaign 'Rewind on Ratios' against the Government's plan to reduce staff-to-child ratios for childminders and in early years settings. Our view was that increasing the number of children looked after by one practitioner would have serious consequences for a child’s safety and for their overall development.
You can read the comments of Claire Burgess, Norland's Early Years Consultancy Manager, in the Guardian Newspaper.
Following a hard fought campaign it was announced that the proposals would not go ahead.
On the day of the announcement, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said , “When you are talking about something this important to parents, I think it is imperative to be led by the evidence – which is overwhelmingly against changing the rules on ratios.” And that, “The proposals to increase ratios were put out to consultation and were roundly criticised by parents, providers and experts alike.”
Norland was particularly pleased that the Government took the views of parents, and of the early years sector seriously, and that its decision was based on this evidence.
In his conclusion, Nick Clegg said that the proposals would not reduce costs for parents and would not increase the quality of childcare.
We understand that the Government is continuing to look into other early years setting reforms and we will of course keep you informed of any developments, and of Norland’s involvement, via our News section.