Review of Enforcement in the Childcare Sector #Childcare #Ofsted

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published a new report into enforcement in the childcare sector.

Review of Enforcement in the Childcare Sector: Focus on Enforcement Regulatory Reviews outlines serious concerns among smaller providers about the “quality, volume and coherence of Ofsted guidance”.

In particular, the accuracy of written Ofsted reports is called into question, together with inconsistency of inspections and ratings.

Also highlighted are worries that the valuable role of the local authority (LA) in giving providers information, training and advice is to be withdrawn. The new rules require LAs to provide these services only to early years providers rated as “inadequate”or “requires improvement” by Ofsted.

There is also some confusion over who does what in relation to other areas of the early years provision, such as environmental health.

Other issues noted are that general advice on regulatory compliance is not clear, and that there is insufficient recognition of good practice throughout the inspection regime.

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jackie hyde