Ofsted plans early years shake-up
Russell | 9 January 2012
is proposing to change the way it regulates nurseries and childminders
following a review last year of early years education and care.
Clare Tickell’s report on the rules governing the care of children from birth
up to the age of five – the Early Years Foundation Stage – recommended that they be radically
slimmed down, simplified and made less burdensome.
to a consultation published today, Ofsted intends to reduce the judgements and
grades it hands out to providers. Instead, it will give greater prominence to
children’s personal, social and emotional development and the progress they
make in their learning.
changes would also give those providing early years services more freedom to
manage themselves, Ofsted says. For example, at present providers who want to
increase the number of children they are registered to care for have to formally
notify Ofsted of the changes. In future, they would be able to make any changes
that comply with the Early Years Foundation Stage without notifying Ofsted.
the consultation today, Regulation of
providers on the Early Years Register today, Ofsted education and care
director Jean Humphrys said the inspectorate was aiming to find the ‘right level of
enforcement to ensure that children are safe and well cared for’.
added: ‘The changes we are proposing provide a balance. They will reassure
parents that our systems and processes for regulating early years and childcare
providers are robust, preventing unsuitable people from having access to
children, while simplifying inspection for those providing care.’
consultation is running until April 6. It is intended that the new inspection
criteria will be finalised to coincide with the publication of the revised
Early Years Foundation Stage in September.