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Ofsted’s own in-house inspectors will take on responsibility for re-inspecting 'requires improvement 'nurseries in place of outside contractors Prospects and Tribal, Nursery World can exclusively reveal.
The number of nurseries and childminders awarded good or outstanding grades has risen markedly over the last quarter, the latest Ofsted figures show.
Ofsted is to consult in the next few months on the procedures and cost for paid-for early years inspections.
Fewer than half of children’s centres in the latest round of inspections were rated good or outstanding, Ofsted figures show.
Ofsted has published its new Childminder agency handbook, along with the application forms that people will need if they wish to apply to become an agency.
Ofsted has confirmed that it will no longer bring forward full inspections when a complaint is made against a provider.
Ofsted is considering merging inspections for early years, schools and further education colleges.
Ofsted’s decision to introduce separate EYFS judgements in school inspections has received overwhelming support.
Early years provision in schools will be graded separately from September, Ofsted has confirmed.
The proportion of nurseries and childminders awarded a grade of outstanding or good by Ofsted has increased slightly, but so has the percentage deemed inadequate.
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