*This information has been updated, please see our latest news story*
Ofsted has today updated its rolling coronavirus update guidance to confirm that its planned assurance inspections will go ahead in early years settings, such as nurseries, but will be delay for childminders in England at present. This decision will be kept under regular review but has been made because Ofsted, having consulted with PACEY, recognised that as single operators childminders were currently facing additional pressure to nurseries and preschools such as home-schooling their own children as well as caring for minded children; other family members working at home so reduced space and capacity to manage an assurance inspection. Childminders, as well as other registered providers will continue to receive regulatory visits from Ofsted where concerns have been raised and, depending on how the current lockdown progresses, Ofsted will keep its assurance visit plans under review.
This change has been reflected in our FAQs which you can find here.
Please note that from 28 January 2021, all notifications of significant events made to Ofsted (including confirmed cases of coronavirus in the setting) should be made using the online notification system. More information on this can be found here.