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NEWS: Ofsted responds to sector concerns around recent guidance

Yesterday (12 January) Ofsted published guidance for childminders, nannies and other childcare providers in England with examples of significant events or changes to health that must be reported. This update was intended to provide clarity for practitioners. however it was met with concern in the sector with some of the examples being considered potentially intrusive or unworkable.  

After speaking with PACEY and others in the sector Ofsted made the decision today to remove the guidance to review it. PACEY will be working with Ofsted in re-visiting the guidance to provide better clarity around what constitutes a ‘significant event’ or change to health.  

PACEY will update members as soon as the revisited guidance is published.  

Sue McVay, Director of Membership and Services at PACEY comments:

“We want to reassure members that the protocol around Ofsted notifications has not changed, and practitioners should be confident in making a judgement on whether an event affects their suitability to continue delivering provision to the children under their care.  

"That being said, we recognise how the examples detailed under the guidance raised concerns around sensitivity, particularly given the impacts of the pandemic on practitioner wellbeing and mental health.  

"We will work closely with Ofsted to provide clear rationale behind any newly-revised guidance and reassurance on how any events relating to themselves and their household members will be handled by Ofsted.”