The number of childminders receiving one of the top two marks from Ofsted has increased by 11 percentage points over the past two years.
According to the latest National Childminding Association (NCMA) membership survey the proportion who received a "good" or "outstanding" score this year was 74 per cent, compared with 63 per cent in 2009 and 72 per cent last year.
NCMA chief executive Catherine Farrell said the findings show the greater commitment to training and an increasing sense of professionalism in the sector.
She said: "Similar to last year, more than three quarters of our childminders have undertaken training in the past 12 months and more than half hold a childcare qualification at Level 3 or above. These large numbers demonstrate a strong commitment to ongoing professional development."
The survey also revealed that nine out of 10 childminders are prepared to offer out of hours care before and after school. On average they are providing care for six children a week and 16 per cent care for 10 or more children
Why adoption and fostering goes wrong
“One leading adoption charity estimates that a third of adoptions break down these days”.
Due to immense fear a child’s conscious mind blanks out a lot about being taken away from its birth parents but the child's sub consciousness never forgets and there is always that longing for that family love that can never be satisfied by adoption or fostering. A child should be kept in the family as close to the birth parents as much as possible.
A child subconsciously hankers for the love he/she was deprived of the birth family.
This subconscious yen not being fulfilled along with memories that come back as the child grows up causes frustration/ anger/ resentment and the child becomes bitter and unmanageable.
That is why kinship care should be the very first point of care when children are deprived of their parents.
The care system only caters for the physical child not the emotional or spiritual child because of social services cost policy. Cut backs now will cost the public purse a whole lot more in the future when the children that go through the care system turn out to be gang members.
There is a huge rise of gangs reported in the media lately it would be interesting too research into how many of the gang members were brought up outside their birth family.