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Consultation on increases to Ofsted annual fees

PACEY has received a letter from the Childcare Minister asking for our views in advance of a consultation on increases to Ofsted annual fees.

In the letter, which has been sent to early years organisations, Sam Gyimah MP says: “I know from meeting many providers that they have faced increases in operating costs and, for this reason, we have resisted any fee increases over the course of the last parliament. I remain convinced that government should continue to subsidise the cost of Ofsted fees paid by childcare providers; but with a growing economy and fee increases across other sectors, we can no longer delay revisiting this area.”

He goes on to state that “any increases will be phased in with plenty of advance notice and still retain a significant element of central government support”.

Fees have not increased since 2010 and the fee childminders pay for Ofsted registration fees is currently set at £35. For childcare on non-domestic settings (nurseries), the rate is £220.

PACEY has contributed at length in previous years on proposed increases to Ofsted fees and will be keen to represent your views once more. We will be expressing our concern about these proposed changes at an early stage.

We have been asked for our views on “what a sustainable increase might look like for different provider types and how best this might be phased in.” If you have any views on this particular point, we would like to hear from you at policy@pacey.org.uk