Hello and Welcome to the One Voice site,
This site was originally set up by Penny Webb, a registered childminder from Worcestershire who is very concerned about the proposals within the ‘More Great Childcare’ document.
The concerns led Penny to set up a petition (with the support of Laura Henry and Nathan Archer) to enable people to voice their concerns and to join together in signing a petition.
The next step in the campaign was to set up this site to provide a platform to bring together all those who are concerned about the Government’s plans for early years setting as described in the document ‘More Great Childcare’, and who want to speak with One Voice.
The intention behind the site is that anyone who wants their information to be added to One Voice this can be done by emailing the information to:
Over the last few months it has become clear that despite over 80,000 people signing the various petitions (in particular the ones set up by Penny, the Pre-school Learning Alliance, Melanie James and the Childmindinghelp forum), numerous articles, letters and blogs that the government is not listening to the sectors concerns
The general feeling within the sector is ‘Enough is Enough’ and we can not allow the government to implement changes that are not in the best interests of the children.
June O’Sullivan has suggested that we ‘Reclaim Early Years’ and so the One Voice site will now support this campaign and become an information point (please see the page ‘Reclaim Early Years’)- which seems a natural development as the site already contains a wealth of information about the sectors concerns and issues related to the governments proposals in More Great Childcare.
June O’Sullivan has now posted her new blog with ideas for June 1st – please see the Reclaim Early Years page
Support from the National Union of Teachers
The National Union of Teachers are now supporting the original ratio petition, the One Voice website and the Reclaim Early Years day
The One Voice site is constantly being updated and changes made to make it easier to read and navigate. This is work in progress and is being carried out by Jennifer McQuillan, free of charge, to support the campaign.