National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) today responded to the Education Committee’s report ‘The Role and Performance of Ofsted.’
NDNA said that whilst a number of the recommendations were welcome, nurseries would be keen to ensure that any changes ensured an improved inspection system that parents fully understand, with inspectors having the right skills and knowledge to support continuous improvement.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) comments: “The proposal to split Ofsted into two parts is an interesting one, but NDNA believes that more detailed discussions would be required and careful consideration of the impact and benefits of such a move thoroughly considered.
National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) urged nurseries to ensure that staff had the skills to develop strong partnerships with parents during difficult times.
NDNA highlighted how nurseries understand the value of working with families so that children can gain the very most from their time at nursery and learning was extended into the home.
However, the organisation added that it was vital that practitioners are also equipped with the skills to support parents during challenging times such as financial difficulty, separation or bereavement.
The Ofsted report found that the early years and childcare sectors continues to perform well and suggests that the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage has forced ineffective providers to leave the system.
In 2009/10, the proportion of early years registered providers judged good or outstanding for overall effectiveness increased to slightly over two thirds. A remarkable achievement considering the difficult climate providers continue to face nationwide.
Of those providers judged inadequate in 2008/09 and who have since been reinspected, 95% are now satisfactory or better.
National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) today responded to news that the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is to have funding withdrawn, with ongoing core activities being transferred into the Department for Education.
NDNA congratulated CWDC regarding how it has raised the bar and enhanced the children’s workforce. However, NDNA has highlighted that it is disappointed by this decision and stressed it was vital that the focus and momentum on early years workforce development was not stopped.