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NEWS: Reminder about Ofsted inspection activity in 2022

Ofsted recently confirmed that it is continuing with its inspection activity in 2022. Below you can find the latest information around how inspections in England will be prioritised and your options for applying for a deferral if you are affected by the latest coronavirus wave.  

Who will be prioritised for inspection?  

Ofsted is prioritising providers that are overdue inspection from the last cycle, newly registered providers, providers with an inadequate and requires improvement grade and those where safeguarding concerns have been raised. Ofsted will also continue with registration and approvals work, if providers wish to go ahead with this. 

Ofsted inspection deferrals 

Settings are encouraged to ask for their inspection to be deferred if they feel they are unable to go ahead with a planned inspection, for example struggling with staff absence in the latest COVID-19 wave. You should request a deferral at the point of being notified about the inspection. Ofsted says it will look at these requests ‘favourably and sensitively', unless they have urgent safeguarding concerns.

Further information can be found in Ofsted’s deferral policy 

Ofsted contact during January 2022  

During January 2022, Ofsted will be contacting some registered early years childminders who have inspections overdue or not recently been inspected to ask for details on current working arrangements and contact information.  

Selected childminders will receive a link via email to a Microsoft form for completion. Ofsted will only send this to the email address registered. The aim of this exercise is to capture up-to-date contact details and minding arrangements to help inform and direct future inspection activity. Those contacted are asked to respond as soon as possible.

Approximately 1700 childminders will be emailed during January and Ofsted will contact more groups of childminders each month during the first half of 2022.