Ofsted has announced that from September this year, it will start to re-visit nurseries and childminders to ensure standards are being maintained and “well-run, safe and effective childcare is available for all who need it.”
It has published its guidance on interim visits which details how these visits will work in practice and which childcare providers inspectors will be visiting.
The visits are part of its phased return to routine inspection, details of which can be found here and it emphasises that they are not ‘inspections’ and will not result in an inspection grade, though inspectors will still be able to use regulatory or enforcement powers if necessary.
Routine inspections of early years settings will not start before January 2021.
Findings from the visits will be published in an outcome summary so that parents can be reassured that their children are safe while routine inspections are suspended.
On the official government Ofsted website, it states that “inspectors will be sensitive to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and will always take that context into account. We will prioritise the safety and welfare of everyone involved in the visits, including children, carers, staff and inspectors, following the most up-to-date guidance from Public Health England.”
The news story, as published on the Government’s Ofsted website can be found here.