What does registration mean: regular inspections, hours of study, and expensive exams?
It’s important to us that the RM campaign consults with nannies to learn from them what registration means to them and we’ve surveyed a great number of nannies in the last couple of years.
Nannies have shared with us their fears about registration: that it will mean overwhelming inspections and regular demands of CPD and expensive exams, and we need to be able to reassure them that what we’re looking to develop is nothing like that.
The word inspection often strikes terror and anxiety into many of us. A lot of this though is anticipatory anxiety where the fear of the event is often worse than the reality.
If we look at the current Ofsted guidance for the inspections they perform with childminders for example. It states the purpose:
to observe how you and the children interact
check the children's levels of understanding
talk to you about the children's knowledge, skills, and abilities, and
observe care routines and how they're used to support children's personal development.
It is important we don’t underplay the importance of inspection because a registration and regulatory framework must be robust and ensure that all practitioners are working to a particular standard. However, we need to remember that inspection is there to be used as a tool for learning so that you can reflect on your practice and take guidance for improvement, making you the best nanny you can be.
RM is looking at a number of inspection frameworks and consulting with nannies to establish which fits best. As a nanny's workplace is their employers home, practicalities can throw up a number of obstacles that need to be overcome.
Training & Further Training
With regards to training and a requirement to keep yourself updated; we’d argue that we’re not proposing anything more than a conscientious nanny will be doing already.
It is true to say that a sizeable percentage of working nannies in the UK are doing so without any “formal” childcare training or qualifications. This does not mean they are poor nannies. What it does means is that we should be looking to create a system for them to enter into whereby they can gain recognition for the experience they have gained to date.
There are also a number of well trained/qualified nannies who for whatever reason, have not been able to continue their CPD.
What we are looking to achieve is the creation of nanny specific bite-size, flexible, affordable, accessible, online series of modules that, once completed, the nanny is awarded formal accreditation from a national awarding body so that all of their experience, knowledge and expertise is recognised.
Our Training & Further Training Sub-Group is working hard to develop a programme that nannies will be excited to embark upon. They will be consulting with a number of reputable trainers and awarding bodies to help them come up with amazing opportunities for nannies qualified or not. Watch this space.