Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive, National Day Nurseries Association; said: “We welcome this move by Ofsted. NDNA called for Ofsted to bring early years inspection in house and put the sector on a level footing with schools and colleges, including making the case to the parliamentary Education Committee.
“Following the recent move by Ofsted to equalise inspection notice between early years and schools, it shows that the sector's voice is being heard.
“We look forward to hearing more about the process for bringing inspection in house. Going forward, early years providers want to be assured of consistent, robust inspection and the recruitment, training and oversight of inspectors is crucial to this. A vital component of competency for inspectors is having relevant early years leadership experience.”