Ofsted has announced changes to the way it inspects early years
providers, including nurseries and childminders.
From September 2012, Ofsted inspection
of early years providers will be more focused on children’s
education and their personal and emotional development. Inspectors
will give greater attention to the progress children make in their
Ofsted believes these changes will give providers more freedom
in managing their own service, while continuing to keep children
safe by strengthening registration and maintaining rigorous
enforcement for those who are not complying with requirements.
The increased emphasis on children's personal and emotional
development is great for childminders in particular, whose work
with small groups of children offers them close one to one care and
support. Partnership working with parents also helps childminders
get to know the specific needs of the children they care for.
Early years providers will be given a judgement on their overall
effectiveness that will take into account:
- how well their provision meets the needs of the range of
children who attend
- how well they identify any particular needs children may have
and arrange appropriate help
- the contribution practitioners make to the well-being of
children and the effectiveness of leadership and management.
In particular, inspection will consider the extent to which all
children are supported to acquire the skills and capacity to
develop and learn effectively and be ready for the next stages in
their learning, especially school.
Support from NCMA
NCMA has developed three webinar training
courses, each covering one of the key judgements, above. The
webinars will include information from the revised EYFS and support
you to feel prepared for your next inspection under the revised
Available this Autumn. To register your interest, visit
call 0845 880 0044.
Improvements for parents
In order to improve the information
provided to parents, Ofsted will be making inspection reports more
user-friendly. The new reports will include a front page summary,
recommendations for good practice and any actions the provider is
required to take.
Ofsted is also changing the
way it investigates concerns.
Flexibility in ratios
To allow providers more flexibility in
managing their own service, Ofsted will no longer routinely issue
restrictions or conditions on registrations, such as the number of
children childminders may care for.
Instead Ofsted will draw parents’ and
providers’ attention to the relevant legal requirements set out in
the EYFS. This means that when providers want to do something such
as change the number of children they can look after, they simply
need to check if the EYFS framework allows them to do this.
Registering as a childminder
Ofsted has also introduced changes to
the way it registers people wishing to provide childcare.
Childminder applicants should apply for registration only when they
are confident that they know and understand everything they need to
do to meet requirements. This includes completing all of their
training before registration.
You can find out more about pre-registration
childminder training and the courses and support
NCMA offers in our Training section.
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