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Ofsted Early Years consultation

The Ofsted consultation Good early years provision for all opened on the 19th April and runs until 24th May. The consultation focuses on how Early Years providers will be inspected and proposes that from September 2013 :

  •  a single judgement of ‘requires improvement’ will replace the current ‘satisfactory’ judgement for all early years providers
  •  early years non-domestic settings judged as ‘requires improvement’ will be the subject of a full re-inspection within two years; they will have a maximum of four years to become good
  •  where an early years non-domestic setting fails to become ‘good’ following two consecutive inspections, we propose that this would be likely to lead to an ‘inadequate’ judgement and subject to the monitoring arrangements as set in the early years inspection framework
  •  where any inadequate early years setting has failed to improve sufficiently and is still judged to be inadequate when reinspected, it is likely that we may take steps to cancel that setting’s registration.

An article in Nursery World reports on some of  the reactions to the consultation with concerns having been made by some early years organisations related to funding and loss of local authority support.