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Changes to Ofsted inspection process announced

Changes to the early years inspection process were announced by Ofsted's Nick Hudson in his blog for Nursery World

Liz Bayram, PACEY's Chief Executive said:

"Whilst the decision to bring inspections for 'requires improvement' nurseries in-house is welcome in theory, we would question why the same rule has not been applied for other settings, such as childminders. This announcement highlights a lack of consistency in assessing and driving quality improvement across early years settings as a whole. We would like to see Ofsted reintroduce in-house inspections for all early years providers so that there is a consistent approach to improving standards in the sector.

We are extremely concerned that Ofsted has decided to extend the post-registration inspection timeframe to 30 months after a setting has opened. A provider's first inspection must be carried out sooner rather than later in order for any problems to be addressed quickly. Waiting two and a half years until a first inspection is carried out is far too long."