Nurseries and childminders in England that require improvement
will have just two years to achieve an Ofsted "good" rating, Ofsted
From November the current "satisfactory" judgement will be
replaced by "requires improvement" for early years providers.
Any that do not "get to good" in the time frame will face the
prospect of being judged "inadequate", Ofsted says.
However at the same time as this change, the local authority
duty to provide information, support and training to all childcare
providers is being revoked.
Liz Bayram, Chief Executive of PACEY, comments: “PACEY agrees
with Ofsted that childcare providers graded as requiring
improvement must take the necessary steps to improve the quality of
their care quickly. So it is good news that Ofsted plans to
intervene earlier when things do not improve. But this is only part
of the solution, critical to the success of this change in
inspection will be two things.
Firstly that childminders and nurseries have confidence in the
Ofsted inspection judgements being made about their settings.
Secondly, that support and information on how to improve is
readily available to settings judged as requiring
Alongside this we hope Ofsted will set a clear timeframe for
when it plans to include childminders in this new framework, to
ensure parents are able to compare and contrasts different types of
childcare using the same grading system.