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Ofsted renews third party contracts for early years inspections

Ofsted has confirmed that early years inspections will continue to be outsourced to third party inspectors, despite bringing school and FE inspections in-house from September this year.

In May this year, third-party inspectors Tribal and Prospects had their contracts renewed until May 2017. The decision was published in Ofsted’s annual reports and accounts, 2014-15, published on Wednesday (10 June).

Liz Bayram, Chief Executive of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, said:

“We are extremely disappointed at this news, especially with Ofsted now bringing school and FE inspections in house.

Our recent sector-wide survey, ‘Building Blocks', showed that more than one in seven registered childcare providers believe their last inspection was inconsistent with that of other settings.

Given these ongoing concerns, this feels very much like a missed opportunity to bring the inspection of childcare settings in-house, too, and in doing so, restoring confidence in the inspection process among childcare professionals."