Sunday, 14 March 2010

Care or education...

That is the question?

Thursday's report on Conductive World mentioned inspection of a Conductive Education centre in the South of England under an administrative category of 'childcare on non-domestic premises'.

I have looked it up. Local authorities pass on central government's expectations. Here is Devon County Council of how things are classified:

There are different types of registered childcare provision depending on where the childcare takes place, how many people are providing the childcare and the ages of the children who are cared for.

Childminding. This is a person who is registered to look after one or more children, to whom they are not related, for reward. Childminders work with no more than two other childminders or assistants.

They care for:

  • children on domestic premises that are not usually the home of one of the children unless they care for children from more than two families wholly or mainly in the homes of the families

  • at least one individual child for a total of more than two hours in any day. This is not necessarily a continuous period of time
Childcare on domestic premises. These are childcare providers on non-domestic premises cares for individual children in premises that are not someone’s home. These premises can range from converted houses to purpose built nurseries.

Childcare on non domestic premises. These are childcare providers on non-domestic premises cares for individual children in premises that are not someone’s home. These premises can range from converted houses to purpose built nurseries.


Sorry about the grammar and punctuation. I just report this stuff, I don't write it. It is written by the people whom the government pays to inspect education. For full regulations on childcare as understood here, see:

In England the notion of special education has vanished from the official pantheon (a many would say, has the notion of education).

It sounds from the inspectors' report on the Rainbow Centre in Fareham that the category of 'childcare provider' offers a secure ecological niche for an English preschool conductive service.


So it goes.

There are also 'early years settings', including 'children's centres', and school-based preschool services

I am lost already. In what other ecological niches has Conductive Education lodged itself in England?

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