PACEY has written to Ofsted to formally raise a concern about the re-inspection of settings in England requiring improvement.
In a letter to Ofsted’s National Director, Sean Harford and Gill Jones, Deputy Director of Early Education, PACEY’s Chief Executive, Liz Bayram, raises concern that all settings do not appear to be on a level playing field. Recent communication from Ofsted has suggested that some types of provision - namely childminders, childcare on domestic premises, before and after school care, holiday schemes and creches - will now have to wait for the next inspection cycle for their re-inspection if they receive a 'requires improvement' grade. This clearly puts these settings at a disadvantage, especially as the next inspection cycle is usually some years away.
PACEY’s view is that placing childminders and childcare on domestic premises in the same inspection category as informal childcare is misguided, and runs contrary to Ofsted's aim of ensuring poorer settings improve quickly or are removed from the register.
We have asked for an urgent response to our query – keep an eye on our website for latest updates. We also have a representative from Ofsted speaking at PACEY's conference on Saturday 7 November and we expect this issue to be raised during questions then.