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Ofsted first early years newsletter highlights search for exceptional leaders and FSA registration u

Ofsted has published its first newsletter written specifically to provide inspectors and stakeholders with information and guidance about Ofsted's inspection work in the early years sector.

Included in the newsletter is a clarification on registration as a food-serving business, which states:

"Under the Government’s commitment to reduce burdens on businesses, Ofsted and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have committed to remove the need for childminders that intend to serve food to children in their care from having to register twice. New data sharing arrangements between Ofsted and the FSA mean that relevant data provided to Ofsted by childminders will be shared with local authority food teams so that childminders no longer have to actively register as a food business operator with their local authority, where they are already registered with Ofsted."

It also includes a call for inspectors to recognise ‘exceptional leaders’, those working in the sector who they believe ‘have made a significant contribution to improving a setting other than their own, through additional challenge, advice or expertise.’

Following an inspection, inspectors will be encouraged to report any instances where they feel practitioners have demonstrated these qualities; while successful nominations will receive a letter from HMCI, with a copy sent to the Secretary of State for Education, also published on a dedicated ‘Exceptional Leaders’ page on the Ofsted website.

PACEY looks forward to sharing ideas with Ofsted for how early years practitioners can be recognised as 'exceptional leaders' as well as their peers working in other areas of education.

Early Years Inspection Update, September 2015