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Separate early years judgement in schools

In a letter to inspectors, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw today confirmed plans for Ofsted to include a separate early years judgement in their inspections of schools who care for young children.

Commenting on the announcement, PACEY Chief Executive Liz Bayram said, “PACEY recognises Ofsted’s commitment to ensuring high quality standards in school-based early years settings. We are interested in ensuring that the ‘brief evaluation criteria’ proposed by Ofsted for the inspection of school-based early years settings is consistent and as robust as the EYFS inspection framework which all other registered childcare settings currently have to meet. The EYFS is much admired internationally and increasingly recognised by parents. It is important that EYFS based evaluation criteria are used across all early years settings for a consistent approach to quality improvement, so all services support whole child development - physical, emotional, social as well as educational. PACEY will be keen to work with Ofsted to ensure this.”