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NEWS: Ofsted inspections in England to fully resume from January 2021

*Updated 6 July 2020 with additional autumn term information*

Ofsted have confirmed in the latest guidance for early years settings that routine inspections for registered early years provision in England will restart from January 2021. By this time, it is expected that the EYFS will be reinstated fully. The timing of routine inspections resuming will continue to be kept under review.

While routine inspections are due to start in January 2021, Ofsted are continuing to take action against providers and intervene when there is evidence that they are not meeting any of the other requirements that continue to apply, for example in keeping children safe and healthy. Ofsted are continuing to have a role in ensuring that these are met.

As announced on the 8 June, on-site registration visits have resumed. Individuals who have an application that is at the ‘ready for a visit’ stage will receive a telephone call from Ofsted to arrange a visit.

In the autumn term, Ofsted will be gathering insight on how schools and other providers are bringing children back into formal education after such a long time away. To be able to monitor progress and regulatory standards, inspectors will commence some regulatory activity and be making visits to those who have been judged ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ and have associated actions to fulfil as well as a wider sample. Inspectors will look at what progress leaders and managers have made to meet actions set at the last inspection and how they are improving their practice. These visits will not result in a judgement. However, Ofsted will publish a short summary to confirm what it found during the visit.

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