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Ofsted to bring early years inspections in-house

Today, Nick Jackson, Ofsted Director of Corporate Services announced that from April 2017 inspections of early years settings will be brought in-house. Currently Ofsted early years inspections are contracted out to companies called Tribal and Prospects.  These contracts will come to an end on 31st March 2017.

The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) has consistently called for the inspections to be brought in-house given that schools and further education inspections are now directly managed by Ofsted. PACEY’s, ‘Building Blocks' survey last year showed that more than one in seven registered childcare providers believe their last inspection was inconsistent with that of other settings.

Liz Bayram, PACEY's Chief Executive comments:

"PACEY is delighted that Ofsted has taken this important step for early years, reinforcing that registered childcare providers deserve the same standards of inspections as schools. This measure will go a long way to help restore confidence in the inspection process among childcare professionals.

“PACEY will work hard to support Ofsted in how it implements this decision over the next two years given it is something our members have wanted for a long time. We will continue to monitor progess and keep our members up to date with developments.”