Yesterday Ofsted confirmed that its assurance visits for all registered early years settings in England will be paused until 8 March at the earliest. This is due to government messaging instructing everyone to “act as if you have the virus” as well as the practical challenges of deploying inspectors.
Schools and further education providers will receive remote inspections from 25 January, but Ofsted says that conducting inspections remotely in early years settings “will not provide the level of assurance” that the on-site visits provide.
Registered providers will continue to receive regulatory visits from Ofsted where concerns have been raised. These visits may take place on-site if necessary, depending on risk assessment and individual circumstances.
This change has been reflected in Ofsted’s rolling coronavirus update guidance, as well as PACEY’s FAQs.