Ofsted has released figures on the grades
awarded at early years inspections in the last three months.
PACEY's Chief Executive (pictured right), commented
"We're pleased to see the latest figures from Ofsted showing
quality of provision remains strong and, given the concerns voiced
by Ofsted last year, that the quality gap between childminders and
non-domestic childcare settings is narrowing.
"Given the significant reduction
in local authority training and support to so many providers,
it is heartening to see that settings themselves remain committed
to ensuring quality improvement. We hope the current concerns
around how Ofsted is now making its inspection judgements do not
place this positive momentum in jeopardy.
"A key factor in narrowing the quality gap
between childminders and non-domestic settings has been the new
requirement for individuals to undertake introductory training
before they register as a childminder. PACEY wants that requirement
further strengthened, so all prospective childminders are required
to pass an introductory course (as they do in Wales) not
simply to attend it. This would ensure a strong core understanding
of effective practice and provide a solid basis for more
childminders to further develop their practice, through training
and other forms of continuous professional development.
"I want to congratulate the 75% of newly
inspected childminders who were rated as good or outstanding. This
news reinforces childminders' and PACEY's belief that individual
regulation and inspection of childminding is the best way to drive
"We remain sceptical that childminder
agencies will deliver the same levels of improvement for
childminders who choose to join them. We want government and Ofsted
to do more to set out how its proposed regulation and inspection
framework for agencies will ensure this positive improvement is not
Ofsted's latest figures are available here.